Naoya Inoue Destroys Michael Dasmarinas

By: Hector Franco LAS VEGAS – At the Theater at the Virgin Hotels, in Las Vegas, Nevada on ESPN, pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue (21-0, 18 KOs) faced off against the Philippines Michael Dasmarinas (30-3-1, 20 KOs) for his WBA and IBF bantamweight titles. Inoue, a three-division champion, having held titles at light flyweight, super flyweight, and bantamweight, would participate in the 16th championship bout of his career. The Japanese power-puncher would be making his third appearance in the United States and just his fourth fight outside of his native Japan. Although a massive underdog and relatively unknown, Dasmarinas, who fights southpaw, hasn’t lost a fight since December 2014. From the start, Dasmarinas was cautious, reluctant to get in range of Inoue to land a punch. Inoue remained composed, analyzing and waiting patiently to find an opening to unleash an attack. In the second round, with just 50 seconds left in the round, Inoue landed a body shot with a left hook that sent Dasmarinas to the canvas. Inoue has this intense focus in the ring that contributes to his pinpoint accuracy, making every punch brutal and impactful. Inoue as the predator continued to press the action in the third round with Dasmarinas in survival mode. Giving Canelo Alvarez a run for his money as the best body puncher in boxing, Inoue split Dasmarinas' guard and landed a left hook to the body that again sent him down. Dasmarinas used all his strength to get back up; however, he was put down again with another left hook to the body. Referee Russell Mora put an end to the bout at the 2:45 mark of the third round. Inoue’s accuracy was on full display against Dasmarinas, landing 31 out of 48 total punches at a 65 percent connect rate. 17 of which were body shots. At this time, Canelo Alvarez has been firmly set atop of the coveted pound-for-pound list. But, Inoue, in upcoming bouts, will have an opportunity to further his argument as the best fighter in the world. Recently announced, former Inoue foe and future Hall-of-Famer Nonito Donaire will put his newly won WBC bantamweight title on the line against WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero in an all Filipino showdown. The bout will take place on August 14th at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Inoue will likely take on the winner for a chance to become the undisputed bantamweight champion. “Basically, becoming the undisputed champion means I’m the best in that weight class,” stated Inoue.” To prove that, that’s why I’m going after all four belts.” In 2019, Inoue and Donaire participated in the fight of the year in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament. Last April, Inoue was set to face Casimero in a unification bout before the world came crashing down due to the coronavirus. Whether Inoue takes on Donaire or Casimero next, the bantamweight division has plenty of action for fans to look forward to. The post Naoya Inoue Destroys Michael Dasmarinas appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Naoya Inoue Destroys Michael Dasmarinas

By: Hector Franco

LAS VEGAS – At the Theater at the Virgin Hotels, in Las Vegas, Nevada on ESPN, pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue (21-0, 18 KOs) faced off against the Philippines Michael Dasmarinas (30-3-1, 20 KOs) for his WBA and IBF bantamweight titles.

Inoue, a three-division champion, having held titles at light flyweight, super flyweight, and bantamweight, would participate in the 16th championship bout of his career.

The Japanese power-puncher would be making his third appearance in the United States and just his fourth fight outside of his native Japan.

Although a massive underdog and relatively unknown, Dasmarinas, who fights southpaw, hasn’t lost a fight since December 2014.

From the start, Dasmarinas was cautious, reluctant to get in range of Inoue to land a punch. Inoue remained composed, analyzing and waiting patiently to find an opening to unleash an attack.

In the second round, with just 50 seconds left in the round, Inoue landed a body shot with a left hook that sent Dasmarinas to the canvas. Inoue has this intense focus in the ring that contributes to his pinpoint accuracy, making every punch brutal and impactful.

Inoue as the predator continued to press the action in the third round with Dasmarinas in survival mode. Giving Canelo Alvarez a run for his money as the best body puncher in boxing, Inoue split Dasmarinas' guard and landed a left hook to the body that again sent him down.

Dasmarinas used all his strength to get back up; however, he was put down again with another left hook to the body.

Referee Russell Mora put an end to the bout at the 2:45 mark of the third round.

Inoue’s accuracy was on full display against Dasmarinas, landing 31 out of 48 total punches at a 65 percent connect rate. 17 of which were body shots.

At this time, Canelo Alvarez has been firmly set atop of the coveted pound-for-pound list. But, Inoue, in upcoming bouts, will have an opportunity to further his argument as the best fighter in the world.

Recently announced, former Inoue foe and future Hall-of-Famer Nonito Donaire will put his newly won WBC bantamweight title on the line against WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero in an all Filipino showdown. The bout will take place on August 14th at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

Inoue will likely take on the winner for a chance to become the undisputed bantamweight champion.

“Basically, becoming the undisputed champion means I’m the best in that weight class,” stated Inoue.” To prove that, that’s why I’m going after all four belts.”

In 2019, Inoue and Donaire participated in the fight of the year in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament. Last April, Inoue was set to face Casimero in a unification bout before the world came crashing down due to the coronavirus.

Whether Inoue takes on Donaire or Casimero next, the bantamweight division has plenty of action for fans to look forward to.

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Showtime Results: Angelo Leo Decisions Aaron Alameda; Isaac Cruz Dominates Francisco Vargas

By: Sean Crose Boxing returned to Showtime on Saturday as the premium cable outlet broadcast a live Premiere Boxing Champions' card at the Toyota Center in Houston featuring Jermall Charlo and Juan Macias Montiel battling for the WBC middleweight title.  First, however, the 25-1 super bantamweight Angelo Leo faced the 25-1 Aaron Alameda in a scheduled 10 rounder. Each man had lost his previous fight, which meant these fighters had a lot on the line. As both men were 27 years of age, it was clear they were young enough to still do well for themselves in the sport – another reason why this fight was quite important for both. The first round was a fairly fast paced affair. Alameda landed hard in the second. Leo fought aggressively in the third, but Alameda appeared to be the stronger of the two fighters. Leo was effectively able to control the range throughout much of the fourth. Surprisingly enough, Leo began to employ aggression in the fifth. Both fighters traded leather in the sixth. The seventh saw Leo once again pushing forward. The eighth was an exciting, back and forth affair. Alameda put his punches together well in the ninth. The tenth and final round saw both men looking fresh and firing crisp shots. Ultimately, it was Leo who won via a majority decision. It was a fun, intriguing bout, although one judge ruled the fight too wide for Leo, causing boos to rain down from the crowd. Next up, popular 27-2-2 vet Francisco Vargas, who unsuccessfully challenged Miguel Berchelt for the WBC super featherweight crown twice, battled the 21-1-1 Isaac Cruz in a scheduled lightweight ten rounder. Although Vargas was the more well-known of the two, Cruz hadn't lost since his sixth fight, which had gone down five years and fourteen bouts earlier. Vargas’ previous fight had been a November stoppage of Otto Gamez. Cruz had last been seen in the ring back in March, when he won via unanimous decision against Jose Matias Romero. Cruz came forward aggressively in the first. Things were relatively close in the second. Vargas got nailed hard in the third. He stayed on his feet, but Cruz was clearly looking to keep the fight from going the distance. Cruz continued to bang away in the fourth. Although he had been throwing with bad intentions, Vargas was able to keep Cruz from completely dominating in the fifth. Cruz kept on the attack in the sixth. Vargas held strong in the seventh and eighth, but was clearly falling way behind on points. By the ninth, Vargas looked strong enough to last to the final bell. The tenth saw Cruz once again simply being the stronger fighter...until a head butt caused a serious cut on Vargas' face and the referee halted the action. The fight was resumed, and Vargas went down. He got up, but looked horrible. Thankfully, the bell sounded moments later. Needless to say, Cruz walked out with a UD win. The post Showtime Results: Angelo Leo Decisions Aaron Alameda; Isaac Cruz Dominates Francisco Vargas appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Showtime Results: Angelo Leo Decisions Aaron Alameda; Isaac Cruz Dominates Francisco Vargas

By: Sean Crose

Boxing returned to Showtime on Saturday as the premium cable outlet broadcast a live Premiere Boxing Champions' card at the Toyota Center in Houston featuring Jermall Charlo and Juan Macias Montiel battling for the WBC middleweight title.  First, however, the 25-1 super bantamweight Angelo Leo faced the 25-1 Aaron Alameda in a scheduled 10 rounder.

Each man had lost his previous fight, which meant these fighters had a lot on the line. As both men were 27 years of age, it was clear they were young enough to still do well for themselves in the sport – another reason why this fight was quite important for both.

The first round was a fairly fast paced affair. Alameda landed hard in the second. Leo fought aggressively in the third, but Alameda appeared to be the stronger of the two fighters. Leo was effectively able to control the range throughout much of the fourth. Surprisingly enough, Leo began to employ aggression in the fifth. Both fighters traded leather in the sixth.

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The seventh saw Leo once again pushing forward. The eighth was an exciting, back and forth affair. Alameda put his punches together well in the ninth. The tenth and final round saw both men looking fresh and firing crisp shots. Ultimately, it was Leo who won via a majority decision. It was a fun, intriguing bout, although one judge ruled the fight too wide for Leo, causing boos to rain down from the crowd.

Next up, popular 27-2-2 vet Francisco Vargas, who unsuccessfully challenged Miguel Berchelt for the WBC super featherweight crown twice, battled the 21-1-1 Isaac Cruz in a scheduled lightweight ten rounder. Although Vargas was the more well-known of the two, Cruz hadn't lost since his sixth fight, which had gone down five years and fourteen bouts earlier. Vargas’ previous fight had been a November stoppage of Otto Gamez. Cruz had last been seen in the ring back in March, when he won via unanimous decision against Jose Matias Romero.

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Cruz came forward aggressively in the first. Things were relatively close in the second. Vargas got nailed hard in the third. He stayed on his feet, but Cruz was clearly looking to keep the fight from going the distance. Cruz continued to bang away in the fourth. Although he had been throwing with bad intentions, Vargas was able to keep Cruz from completely dominating in the fifth.

Cruz kept on the attack in the sixth. Vargas held strong in the seventh and eighth, but was clearly falling way behind on points. By the ninth, Vargas looked strong enough to last to the final bell. The tenth saw Cruz once again simply being the stronger fighter...until a head butt caused a serious cut on Vargas' face and the referee halted the action. The fight was resumed, and Vargas went down. He got up, but looked horrible. Thankfully, the bell sounded moments later. Needless to say, Cruz walked out with a UD win.

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