In professional boxing it can be very easy to get lost in hype. The American and British boxing media want to hype everyone that is shown on their airwaves. Sadly however sometimes the best aren't shown on "Western TV", the best example of that is Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) who lived up to his moniker of "Monster" earlier today when he destroyed Argentinian stalwart Omar Andres Narvaez (43-2-2, 23) in the most explosive, destructive and violent performance of his career and claimed the WBO Super Flyweight title, becoming the fastest man in history to become a 2-weight world champion. In fact so perfect was this performance that Inoue may actually be the best fighter on the planet, it might be that Inoue is the only man we would favour over Roman Gonzalez in the lower weights, and more worryingly he's only getting better.
The youngster from Kanagawa started fast. And we mean fast landing big shots almost from the opening seconds, shots that quickly sent Narvaez down. In fact Inoue sent Narvaez down inside a minute, Nonito Donaire couldn't manage it in 12 rounds. Inoue wasn't happy with just the one knockdown however and went looking for a stoppage in same round. Soon afterwards Narvaez was down a second time and Inoue went on the prowl smelling bleed. His prey knew what was coming however and Narvaez went into survival mode, hoping to see off the incoming storm.
Narvaez managed to see out the opening round but then came the second round and Inoue again smelled victory. He went on the offensive quickly and although he was forced to eat a powerful straight it seemed to just bounce off him. Narvaez had nothing and was again sent to the canvas for the third knockdown of the fight. From then on it was a matter of time, time that was cut short as Inoue found the body of Narvaez and hammered away, repeatedly sinking in shots to the gut until Narvaez went down for a fourth time! This time he stayed down, there was no point in attempting to come back.
After the bout the Inoue clan, and the Ohashi gym members, celebrated with Inoue who hasn't just stamped his name in the history books but has stamped his name on the "Fighter of the Year" and "Performance of the Year" awards. For those publications that have already down your rewards, we hope you feel silly given how amazing Inoue looked here.
We suspect Inoue will be back in action in early 2015, at the end of the fight he hardly looked touched, not a mark on his face.
Sometimes action speak louder than words, and this performance speaks a million words.
For those who missed it, the fight can be seen in full here.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
In boxing some fighters are very good and others are simply exceptional. This past evening the very good Hiroyuki Hisataka (22-11-1, 10) was made to look simply awful by the very special and very, very talented Argentinian Omar Andres Narvaez (40-1-2, 21).
Although Hisataka's record isn't great he's a much better fighter than the numbers indicate and he's also a much better fighter than Narvaez allowed him to be in one of the most outstanding performance we've seen this year.
Hisataka, known for his toughness and his ability to be competitive with great opponents such as Oleydong Sithsamerchai, Hugo Fidel Cazares, Denkaosan Kaovichit and Takefumi Sakata was simply never able to get into this bout.
Narvaez, although cautious in the opening round appeared to do enough to take it. It was the only round Hisataka came close to making an argument in as Narvaez spent much of it feeling out what Histaka had to offer. It seemed the Japanese challenger had little more than some excellent defensive moment and a predictable right hand.
Following the opening round Narvaez began to take over winning rounds 2, 3 and 4 comfortably whilst boxing well within himself. He appeared to have already figured out that Hisataka's only real weapon was his straight right hand and that his foot work was weak, his ability to avoid hooks was almost none existent and that his body was often a wide open target. The Argentinian's only problem in the early stages was managing to catch Hisataka clean.
By the fifth round Narvaez was beginning to tag Hisataka clean. The quick defensive movements of Hisataka were gone and he seemed to be trying everything he knew to find an opening including dropping his hands completely, something for which he was punished for. This appeared to be the start of the end as Hisataka's confidence quickly began to drain away.
If the fifth round showed Hisataka running out of ideas the sixth showed Narvaez proving he had an extra gear as he dominated Hisataka with every shot in the book, both to to the body and the head. It was the first sign that Narvaez seemed to realise he could hurt Hisataka and a round that very easily could have been scored 10-8 even with out a knockdown.
Having been thoroughly dominated in the previous round Hisataka came out for round 7 like a man who knew he had to do something to turn the bout around. He tried to hurt Narvaez, and through a very long series of shots though unfortunately the clever defensive work of Narvaez saw very, very few connecting.
After having given Hisataka a chance to attack early in round 7 the Argentinian fired back, hammering Hisataka once more with shots up and down as he made it clear that Hisataka wasn't in his league.
Narvaez, who had ended round 7 on fire showed a renewed vigour in trying to stop Hisataka in the following round unleashing nasty shots one after the other. By now Hisataka was totally unraveling, his defense was failing badly, his body and head were being used as target practice and his offensive work was becoming more and more limited. It was starting to resemble a beat down.
The beating continued through round 9 with Narvaez now really punishing Hisataka, every single shot was thrown to hurt the Japanese fighter who was putting on a brave face despite being slowly beaten down by a highly skilled fighter.
Unfortunately for Hisataka, Narvaez's attacks were well measured, he wasn't risking being caught by anything despite the complete control he was having and this meant the referee was in no rush to jump in. That however all changed part way through round 10 as Narvaez turned the screw and hunted the stoppage more intensely than he had in the previous rounds. A series of body shots says Hisataka dropping his hands and follow up shots reigned down on the Japanese fighter until the referee had seen enough to stop the bout.
This will be a very hard loss for Hisataka to come back from. He was totally out classed and beaten down by an "old man" and the loss could totally shatter his confidence. Saying that however Narvaez is genuinely exceptional, there is possibly only two men in the division who we would favour over him and one of those is Srisaket Sor Rungvisai a fighter who, if he faced Narvaez, would surely make for an exhilarating battle.
Hisataka probably won't return to the world stage, there though is nothing preventing him from claiming a Japanese title or even competing for the OPBF belt both of which are great achievements in their own right.
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