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Inoue knocks out Nery to defend unified super bantamweight title


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Inoue knocks out Nery to defend unified super bantamweight title

UNDISPUTED. Naoya Inoue with his super bantamweight belts.

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Naoya Inoue suffers his first career knockdown, but he bounces back in style as he stops Luis Nery to retain his WBC, WBO, WBA, and IBF super bantamweight belts

Undefeated Japanese boxer Naoya Inoue survived a first-round knockdown to knock out challenger Luis Nery in the sixth and defend his undisputed super bantamweight world championship at the Tokyo Dome on Monday, May 6.

Inoue progressed to a professional record of 27-0, with 24 of his victories coming by KO or TKO. Mexico’s Nery suffered the second knockout of his professional career and fell to 35-2.

Nery’s left hook knocked down Inoue for the first time in his career, but the 31-year-old got back up and knocked Nery down in the second round with his own left hook to regain momentum.

Another left hook from Inoue dropped Nery in the fifth before a right hand finished the bout in the next round, ensuring the Japanese retained his WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF belts in front of a sold out home crowd. –

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