They don’t call Naoya Inoue the Monster for nothing.
WBA/IBF Bantamweight titleholder Naoya Inoue, of Zama, Japan, retained his two title belts and his undefeated record with a third-round knockout of Michael Dasmarinas of Valenzuela City, Philippines, Saturday night at the Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas.
Naoya Inoue dropped Dasmarinas once in the second round with a left hook that had the challenger dropping to his knee and holding his ribs. Dasmarinas got up from that first knockdown but took two more big blows later in the round.
In the third round, Inoue continued to hit that same spot with left hooks and Dasmarinas went down twice, the second time ending the fight at the 2:45 mark.
Naoya Inoue: “I thought I was ready for a body attack.”
“I thought I was ready for a body attack,” Inoue said. “But when he came out, I thought it might take longer to get the head shots, so I changed my plans to just go with a body shots. After he went down with the body shot the first time, I thought I could take him out with the body shots.”
Naoya Inoue raised his record to 21-0 with 18 knockouts, while Dasmarinas fell to 30-3-1.
There was very little action in the first round of the fight a Dasmarinas basically kept his distance from the powerful champion.
“He’s got the speed, the power,” Dasmarinas said.
Mayer looking for bigger, better things
Mikaela Mayer took care of business, beating co-main event opponent Erica Farias in a unanimous decision. Now the Los Angles resident can get down to the business of unifying the junior lightweight title.
ESPN’s Michael Rothstein reported Saturday night that Mayer’s next fight will be against IBF junior lightweight champion Maiva Hamadouche. He said the fight will take place in the United States, sometime between October and December.
Farias (26-5), of Buenos Aires, Argentina, proved a worthy opponent against Mayer, but had a hard time overcoming the 5-foot-9 Mayer’s reach advantage. Two of the judges scored the fight 98-92 for Mayer (15-0) while the third had it 97-93.
Dogboe pulls upset in a majority decision
Adam Lopez of Glendale, California, was looking to use former champion Isaac Dogboe of Ghana as a stepping stone to another title bout.
It didn’t quite work out that way as the veteran Dogboe pressed the action all 10 rounds and came away with a majority decision in the fight for the NABF Featherweight title. Two judges had Dogboe (22-2) winning 97-93 and 96-93, while the third had it even t 95-95.
Dogboe was the busier fighter early, although Lopez (15-3) turned the tide late. Neither fighter was hurt at any point.