Earlier today saw Ohashi Gym celebrate it's 20th anniversary with a "Super Show" dubbed "Ring of Diamonds". The show was headlined by two WBC world title fights. One of those was a WBC Flyweight title fight between Akira Yaegashi and Odilon Zaleta whilst the other, the main event, was Inoue against Hernandez. Whilst we love watching Akira we could understand completely why Inoue, a 5 fight novice, was the main event. He was, after all, trying to set a new Japanese record for the fewest fights needed to become a world champion.
The fight started with Inoue looking sharp. This didn't look like a 20 year old kid stepping up to the world level for the first time, instead it looked like a fighter fulfilling his destiny and he looked immediately at ease as he and Hernandez both went to work from the off. Although Hernandez did get through, with more than just one or two shots, it was the speed and accuracy of Inoue that seemed to be the telling factor with the Japanese fighter landing some lovely crisp combinations.
Hernandez, of course, didn't travel from Mexico to Japan to just hand over his title to the Japanese upstart but sometimes a force of nature is simply too strong to contain and that appeared to be the case here. Anything Hernandez did landed came back with interest, anything Hernandez did turned out to be futile and there was simply nothing Hernandez could do to discourage the Japanese fighter.
The Mexican fighter tried as he could but with his eye showing damage at the end of round 3 it seemed only a matter of time before he was getting stopped, one way or another.
The 5th round was Hernandez's last stand as the two men traded shots. For Hernandez though this was his final roll of the dice and in the following round Inoue dropped Hernandez. The Mexican did get up but he was a beaten man and the referee soon sensed that enough was enough.
The stoppage came att 2:54 of round 6 as Naoya Inoue managed to become the quickest Japanese fighter to a world title, breaking the previous 7 fight record of Kazuto Ioka and on this performance he could well be the best Light Flyweight on the planet. Simply sensational performance by one of the most gifted young fighters in a generation.