Fri, May 25 | Ota Gymnasium

World Boxing

WBA World bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell will be defending his title in two months from now against former 2 division world champion Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue (15-0, 13 KOs) on May 25 at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
Naoya Inoue vs. Jamie McDonnell
World Boxing

Time & Location

May 25, 2018, 8:00 PM – May 26, 2018, 12:00 AM
Ota Gymnasium, 1 Chome-11-1 Higashikamata, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0031, Japan

About The Event

The 31-year-old McDonnell will be a major underdog in this fight against Inoue. McDonnell is going to need a miracle for him to win, because he’s far out of his league that it’s not even funny. The fight won’t be in Monte Carlo again, where McDonnell dodged a bullet in his controversial win over Liborio Solis.

McDonnell is going to have to do something special this time, because he’s not going to be able to count on the judges. This fight is going to be Inoue’s home country. Without a knockout, McDonnell is going to wind up taking a beating. Hopefully, we don’t see another quick fight-ending cut for McDonnell like we saw in his rematch with Liborio Solis last November. That cut probably saved McDonnell from getting beaten- again. Inoue is a body puncher, so I can’t see McDonnell getting cut again unless he dives at him with his head. I hope that doesn’t happen, but I won’t be surprised if that’s how the fight ends with McDonnell cut again.

Inoue is seen as one of the best fighters in boxing, although he never got around to testing himself in the super flyweight division against the best fighters unfortunately. Never the less, Inoue looks to be one of the best fighters. We’ll have to see if he can prove himself at 118 against the best. McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KOs) will be the first test for Inoue. After that fight, Inoue could then face WBA Super World bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett. He’s another one of Hearn’s fighters in his Matchroom Boxing stable. McDonnell is the secondary WBA 118 lb. champion. The World Boxing Association has 2 champions at bantamweight, and both of them are with Hearn. (Scott Gilfoid, 2018)

Naoya Inoue vs. Jamie McDonnell

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