In what can only be described as a fantastic 2014 already, things just got a whole lot better for a 21 year old Japanese fighter who goes by the moniker of “Monster”. That fighter is Naoya Inoue.
After completing just his eighth fight, Inoue has successfully managed to topple the #1 fighter at both light flyweight and super flyweight in just over eight months.
After previously beating WBC light flyweight champion Adrian Hernandez in April of this year, this morning from Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo, Japan, Inoue defeated long serving WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (43-2-2) via a crushing two round domination. A wicked left hook to the body seemed to sap the life out of the reigning champion, who with the defeat fell short of his twelfth defense of his WBO crown.
Link for video of the knockout blow is featured below.
Elsewhere on the card, former two division world champion Jorge Linares (38-3) defeated Javier Prieto (24-8-2) via a fourth round knockout to gain the vacant WBC lightweight world title at the second attempt.
The belt was relinquished several months ago by Omar Figueroa who had problems making the weight for a long time and seemed destined to end up at 140 pounds sooner than he did. An earlier Linares challenge in 2011 against then champion Antonio DeMarco resulted in an eleventh round technical knockout against the Golden Boy, which at the time look devastating to his chances at the top level.
The win sets up some massive potential fights for Linares against some good names at 135 pounds, such as former champion Ricky Burns, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Raymundo Beltran to name a few.
Former world title challenger Pedro Guevara (24-1-1) finally realised his dream and captured a world title with an impressive seventh round knockout of Akira Yaegashi (20-5). The former two weight world champion Yaegashi was bouncing back down in weight after suffering at the hands of fast rising pound-for-pound star Roman Gonzalez in September, in which he lost his WBC flyweight title.
The move didn’t seem to reap dividends for the Japanese fighter, who was beaten with a wicked body shot to the liver by “Pedrin”, who emotionally celebrated in the ring at the final bell following his belt presentation.
Brothers of the main event Takuma Inoue defeated Nestor Daniel Narvaez in an eight round super flyweight contest via unanimous decision. Ryo Matsumoto (13-0) defeated Rusalee Samor (25-6-2) with a twelfth round knockout to gain the OPBF super flyweight title and in a clash of the relative giants, over matched super middleweight Jessie Nicklow (24-5-3) was predictably defeated by unanimous decision by Ryota Murata (6-0).