NAOYA INOUE RETURNS WITH A BANG, YAEGASHI CHAMPION AGAIN

Thomas Gonzalez

WBO junior bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (9-0, 8KOs) returned from a long term hand injury yesterday to brutally stop challenger Warlito Parrenas (27-7-1, 21KOs) inside two rounds.

Inoue opened proceedings strongly with combination punches to the head and body taking the first round from his opponent easily on all three judges scorecards. The two-weight world champion seemed to be warming nicely into his comeback fight after 12 months outside of the ring, and it didn’t take him long to stamp his presence on Parrenas.

Dropping the Filipino in the second round heavily with the right hand, Inoue went on to stop his opponent shortly after with another knock down whilst Parrenas lingered attempting to recover on the ropes; referee Mike Ortega ended proceedings at 1:20 of the second round.

Now, one can only hope the career of Inoue continues on its astronomical rise – free of injury, with a potential super fight against flyweight king Roman Gonzalez mooted for 2016.

Chief support on the multi-world championship card saw Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12KOs) win the IBF light flyweight world title, with a twelve round unanimous points decision victory against Javier Mendoza (24-3-1, 19KOs).

Bouncing back after two defeats in 2014 to Roman Gonzalez and Pedro Guevara, Yaegashi had picked up two low profile victories this year, judges ringside scoring the Japanese fighter winning wide, with scores of 120-107, 117-111 and 119-109 in his third fight of 2015. The win now makes Yaegashi a three-time, three-weight world champion, across 105, 112 and 108 pounds respectively.

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