The fight was exciting from the off with Inoue trying to take the initiative with his power in the opening round, though he was cut in the second round from a solid Vega shot. From then on it it was an inside war between two men who were willing to take one to land one.
The contest was competitive through out however it seemed that Inoue's was the slightly crisper puncher, the more physical fighter and the man that landed the better shots, with judges agreeing with cards of 74-78 75-78 76-77, all in favour of the unbeaten man.
With the win Inoue will have moved to a Japanese title fight, though we suspect he might still be a fight or two away from being ready to face someone like Yuki Nonaka.
On the under-card fans saw Kazuto Takesako (3-0, 3) [竹迫 司登] continue his impressive start to professional boxing as he destroyed Tiendaen Chaiyonggym (0-2) in 147 seconds. Incidentally Takesako had stopped Vega last year, in 152 seconds.
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