naoya inoue knocks out Jason Moloney
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Naoya “The Monster” Inoue knocks out Jason Moloney

The Japanese boxer known as “The Monster” stayed perfect after beating Jason Moloney on Halloween night. Naoya Inoue showed why he’s nicknamed The Monster by knocking out Moloney in the seventh round in Las Vegas. An overnight hand straight to the face put Moloney to the ground and unable to get up. This was after Inoue dropped Moloney in the sixth.

“The final punch that I had, the finishing punch, I’m very happy and satisfied with that punch,” Inoue said after the fight, reports CBS Sports. “Moloney has a great defense and it was very difficult to get through. The two punches are something I really practiced in Japan a lot.”

With the win, Naoya Inoue stays a perfect 20-0 in his professional career. He retains his WBA and IBF bantamweight championships.

He’s known as “The Monster” for his heavy hands that punish his opponent’s body before knocking them out. He has an amazing 85% knockout to win ratio which is extremely high for any weight class but unheard of in the lower weight divisions.

Inoue’s latest victory comes after almost a year off due to injuries suffered from his last fight with Nonito Donaire. Inoue won that close brutal fight but left the ring with a fractured orbital bone and nose. But during that time he learned and improved and showed it in the ring. It is unclear who Inoue’s next challenger is but Steve Kim over at ESPN thinks it should be John Riel Casimero. Regardless of who he fights next, Inoue should be considered as the best pound for pound boxer right now.

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