Boxing results: ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue stopped Paul Butler in round 11

Via Huck Allen: WBO bantamweight champion Paul Butler (34-3, 15 KOs) put on a heroic effort before collapsing in the eleventh round when stopped by the undefeated IBF, WBA & WBO world champion 118 lb Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue (24-0, 21 KO) Tuesday night at Ariake Arena, in Tokyo, Japan. Overtime is 1:09 of the eleventh round.

Surprisingly, Butler handled Inoue’s single-hits effectively and forced him to unleash combos to win the teamfight. Butler made many of his best hits to Inoue’s head and body, giving him something to think about in every round.

Butler pushing Inoue

By the time the battle is over, Inoue looks so tiredand much of the power with which he started teamfights was gone, as a result of Butler forcing the Japanese star to defend himself every second of each round.

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When Inoue tried to let off some steam, Butler was right on top of him, delivering him nice punches to the head and hard blows to his body that kept him covered. What Butler revealed during the fight was that Inoue’s defense was porous.

Even hiding in his shell, Inoue couldn’t block Butler’s punches. He was lucky that Butler lacked the strength to damage him enough to score the equalizer. However, Butler was tit-for-tat during the battle, causing Inoue to realize that he was in for a fight.

In the eleventh round, Inoue knocked Butler down with a right-handed heat-seeking missile straight down the pipe that exploded on his chin, sending the brave British boxer to the ground. When 34-year-old Butler tried to get up, he fell to his knees, causing referee Bence Kovacs to pause the game.

In stoppage time, 29-year-old Japanese star ‘Monster’ Inoue took the lead on the scoreboard with the following points:

Boxing News 24 gave Inoue a 10-0 lead to enter the eleventh inning. However, it was one of the more competitive matches Inoue has experienced during his 10-year professional career.

Sure, it wasn’t a competitive match like Inoue superstar’s first match against Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire in 2019 or his match against David Carmona in 2016. However, it was still a problematic match for Naoya.

Naoya’s victory earned him all four bantamweight belts, thereby fulfilling his quest to become the undisputed champion. It took Inoue four years to complete his goal of winning all four titles in 118th place after joining the league in 2018.

Inoue is not sturdy enough for 122

Inoue will now move into the 122 lb class, where his job as undisputed champion is likely to be more accessible. Naoya just needs to beat the super bantamweight champion IBF/WBA Murodjon Akhmadaliev and WBC/WBO . champion Stephen Fulton to become the undisputed champion at 122.

That’s good news. The bad news is that Fulton and Akhmadaliev can punch and have super boxing skills. Furthermore, they are naturally larger than Inoue and they will be better equipped to handle his power than fighters in the 118, 115 and 112 lb weight classes.

Tonight’s performance by Inoue suggests he may have made the wrong move going up to 122 against Akhmadaliev and Fulton. Those guys will take his Inoue’s powers like Butler did tonight, but they’ll punish him with much more complex hits and most likely knock him down.

This writer supports Akhmadaliev to stop Inoue, and Fulton will defeat him by a decision. Inoue was too small and lacked the strength needed to defeat fighters like Akhmadaliev and Fulton.

Maybe Inoue will be back in the 118 lb category after he loses to Akhmadaliev or Fulton at 122. He’s not big enough for that weight class, and he’ll be in for a big surprise when he gets up there.


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