The bout started excitingly and Inoue showed the class which is expected to take him far, as he neutralised Aoqui and landed some eye catching counters in an engaging and fun opening round.
Sadly at the start of round 2 Aoqui was unable to get off his stool in a manner fit to fight, with an apparent back injury that forced his team to pull him from the contest and assist him back to the changing room.
The Brazilian-Japanese fighter later revealed that it was an injury from twisting that caused him to pull out of the back, in genuine agony. As for Inoue the bout sees him take a step closer to a Japanese title fight, and he made it very clear that that was what he wanted, whether he was getting a shot next, or had to earn the shot, though he did also admit that he was disppointed with today's bout.
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