Naoya Inoue vs Paul Butler

Naoya Inoue, “The Monster,” returns to action with hopes of becoming the undisputed bantamweight champion of the world. He will need to beat Britain’s Paul Butler in front of a friendly crowd at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo. Japan’s Naoya Inoue became the first undisputed bantamweight world champion in half a century on Tuesday after stopping England’s Paul Butler in the 11th round. The unbeaten Inoue floored a defensive Butler with a flurry of body shots after dominating the fight. 

How Inoue stops Butler in the 11th round to defend his bantamweight belt? 

One more belt and win in front of his people with a more dominant performance by giving his best in boxing. Inoue took his record to 24-0, with 21 knockouts, while adding Butler’s WBO title to his own WBC, WBA and IBF belts. In a scheduled 12-bout round, Inoue defended his ring bantamweight championship against Paul Butler in Japan with a super stoppage win in the 11th round. He took Butler’s WBO belt and added it to his collection with the final claim to his undisputed championship status. 

The 29-year-old Inoue comes into this one with a 23-0 (20KOs) record and a reputation as the hardest pound-for-pound puncher in body shots. The monster will defend his WBA, WBC and IBF along with The Ring Titles. Inoue’s last win was a sensational two-round TKO of Nonito Donaire to add the WBC belt to his collections. 

Inoue’s 21st career knockout finally came out in the 11th round as he dropped Butler under a barrage of punches. He stated after the win, “This is the greatest moment (of my career).” It was the first time in the four-belt era that an undisputed bantamweight champion had been crowned, and he had already won world titles at super-flyweight and light-flyweight. 

Undisputed bantamweight champion

The Japanese star Naoya Inoue was fighting in his 19th world championship bout while he remained undefeated in 24 professional fights. He became the first undisputed bantamweight world champion after Panama’s Enrique Pinder in 1972. Moreover, he became the ninth undisputed world champion since the four-belt era began in 2004 and is the first in the bantamweight division. 

After unifying the bantamweight titles, he intends to move up to super bantamweight after accomplishing his mission. He became the first Japanese boxer to top Ring Magazine’s prestigious pound-for-pound rankings as the best fighter across all weight divisions. 

Role of Paul Butler 

Butler is 34 with a record of 36-2 (15 KOs) and will be defending his WBO title. He won his title last time with a unanimous decision over Jonas Sultan. His last loss was in 2018, as he lost to Emmanual Rodriguez for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. Butler, 34 years old, was aiming to be the first Englishman to become an undisputed champion in the four-belt era but returned home empty-handed and remained unsuccessful in the first defence of his title. Butler, fighting away from home for the first time, faced a record drop to 34-3. 

Highlights of Naoya Inoue vs Paul Butler 

The 29-years old started aggressively, landing several big shots in the opening round. Inoue unleashed body shots in the second, where Butler could barely return, whereas Inoue was in full control. 

Even through early rounds, Inoue punished the Englishman with a series of punches after trapping him in the corner. He was getting frustrated into launching an attack, while Butler got deeper into his defensive shell during the match.  

Inoue stayed dominant in the first two rounds, scoring with both hands and exhibiting superb defence. While in the third, he took England’s Butler to a corner while unleashing a two-fisted attack that almost paralyzed him for a few seconds. Inoue’s dominance was significant during the next three rounds as he used his superior hand speed and extraordinary footwork to dominate Butler while keeping him on the defensive. Butler became so defensive as the fight progressed, so Inoue had to use unsavoury tactics while keeping hands low, even crossing them behind his back to make Butler come out of his defensive shell. Gradually, Inoue launched more solid attacks while Butler went into survival mode, hardly throwing any punches. 

Butler tried to step up his work rate in the ninth round, but Inoue finished the job in style with endless combinations and started the 11th round. In this certain round, Inoue drove his opponent to the ropes and sent him to the canvas for the full count. 

Japanese fighter never lost control in inflicting damage and floored his opponent in 1 minute, 9 seconds in the 11th round. With this incredible win, Inoue improved to 24-0 with 21 knockouts and defended his ring bantamweight championship and his IBF, WBA, and WBC belts while grabbing Butler’s WBO. With this loss, Butler dipped to 34-3, with 15 stoppage wins to his credit. 

Extra Note

Boxing is a challenging sport; one must wear high-quality protective gear to ensure safety. 

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