Full Report: Inoue retains WBO 115lb belt by defeating #1 Carmona

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada –

Unbeaten WBO junior bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8 KOs), 115, retained his belt in his second defense when he dropped #1 David Carmona (17-2-4, 6 KOs), 114, from Mexico, with furious combinations in the final session, had him on the verge of a knockout and pounded out a unanimous decision on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Eduardo Ligas (Philippines) and Sawaeng Thaweekoon (Thailand) both 118-109, Ramon Cerdan (Argentina) 116-111, all in favor of the 23-year-old defending champ. The referee was Eddie Claudio (US) who worked well to handle the fast-moving contestants.

It was such a one-sided affair that Carmona, 26, showed only his heart and durability against the formidable titlist. Naoya finally caught up with the game Mexican with a last surge, badly dropped him close to a knockout, but Carmona barely stood up and resumed fighting. Should the third man have been Richard Steele, it would have been halted even with some seconds remaining in the final stanza. But Carmona managed to last the distance as he gamely withstood Inoue’s continual and constant attacks. We truly praised his tremendous gameness.

The first round saw Inoue almost bring home the bacon with very vicious overhand rights to the face of the bewildered Mexican, who barely endured the champ’s opening attack with his high and tight guard. Utilizing left jabs to probe the cautious challenger in rounds three and four, Inoue took the initiative and scored with left-right combinations and solid left hooks to the face.

Inoue, in the fifth, went out for a kill as he furiously accelerated his attack upstairs and downstairs, sending him backward from pillar to post. Carmona showed his great endurance by covering himself up with both hands and attempted to fight back gamely. It’s Carmona that turned aggressive not to have the fight stopped in the sixth, when Inoue effectively retaliated with solid left hooks and right crosses with precision. The champ was also in command in the seventh, throwing good jabs and crisp rights to the side of the belly.

Only one round that Carmona apparently took was the eighth, when Inoue had the Mexican release punches to have himself on the defensive in order to find good openings to counterpunch with right timing. Inoue kept only jabbing without throwing solid shots in this session to save his energy and draw Carmona’s attack to have him open for counters. The eighth was also taken by the champ who kept throwing jabs and left-right combos against the shell-guarded Mexican.

The tenth witnessed Inoue become a Muhammad Ali, beautifully circling and jabbing with his swift footwork to attract the audience. The champ repeatedly landed strong rights to the side of the belly to have him wince upon his absorption. Inoue, though admiring Carmona’s gameness and toughness, patiently kept jabbing and landing one-two combinations to the swollen face of the challenger in the eleventh.

The climax visited in the twelfth and final round, when Inoue finally turned loose with all what he had, and battered Carmona from all angles and had him reeling to the ropes. Connecting with very solid combos, Naoya at last decked him on all fours. Carmona amazingly pulled himself up and kept on fighting without surrender, and the final bell mercifully came to his rescue.

The lopsided victor Inoue disclosed why he couldn’t show an expected finish within the distance, saying, “I felt pain on the right hand when I hit the head of Carmona hard in the second, and tried to hurt him even only with the left hand. But midway in the contest, probably in round seven, I also felt pain on the left hand, so I changed my strategy to throw more jabs and hit the body rather than his head made of stone. I praise his heart that enabled him to last the distance.”

The badly battered loser Carmona said, “I admit Inoue was stronger than I. He’s clearly the winner. His attack in the last session was so furious that I knelt down to avoid his punches and fought on in the remainder of the round.”

It was our disappointment that we failed to watch Inoue’s greatly anticipated victory by a knockout, but his fierce attack in the final round may prove his abundant stamina and power as well due to his youth and hard training with his father/trainer Shingo.

Inoue, regarded as a Japanese Wilfredo Gomez, failed to score all knockouts in his title defenses, as Bazooka registered seventeen defenses all within the distance. But it might be a good lesson for the young champ, just in ten professional bouts after his debut in 2012, that he faced such a tremendously durable opponent as Carmona. It was Japanese Fuji Television rather than Carmona that was afraid of Inoue’s too quick demolition and seemingly was happy to show nationwide the dramatic knockdown in the final session.

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Naoya Inoue defeats David Carmona


By Jim Dower:

In a fight that was a lot tougher than the scores handed down by the judges, undefeated WBO World super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8 KOs had to struggle to defeat #1 WBO challenger David Carmona (17-2-4, 6 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Sunday night at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.

Inoue, 23, hurt the 25-year-old Carmona with a right hand in the 12th round, and knocked him down with a flurry of shots. Carmona was able to get back up and weather a storm of nonstop power shots to the head to make it to the final bell.

Carmona was fortunate the referee didn’t stop the fight because he clearly could have given how hurt he was and how he had stopped throwing punches in the last 20 seconds of the fight.

The final judges’ scores were 118-109, 118-109 and 116-111.

Carmona landed a lot of big shots in this fight, and was able to back Inoue up frequently with his heavy blows. Before this fight, Inoue had dominated his opposition and not had many problems. Carmona was a lot more difficult than any of the guys that Inoue had faced before. Inoue was pretty well bruised up by the end of the contest.

It was a good win for Inoue but the fight showed that he’ll have a lot of problems if Roman Gonzalez moves up in weight to challenge him in the super flyweight division.


05/08/2016 Naoya Inoue vs. David Carmona

Date:   Sunday, May 8, 2016


Location:   Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan

Promoter:    Ohashi Promotions / Hideyuki Ohashi

Supervisor:  Luis Perez

Referee: Eddie Claudio

Judges:  Edward Ligas (118-109); Ramon Cerdan (116-111); Sawaeng Thaweekoon (118-109)

Results:  The WBO Jr. Bantamweight Champion Naoya Inoue retained the title against David Carmona by Unanimous Decision.


Inoue retain world titles

sp-boxing-a-20160509-870x633 Naoya Inoue lands a blow during his bout against David Carmona on Sunday. | KYODO

WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue retained his title for the second time with a unanimous decision against top-ranked Mexican David Carmona on Sunday.


The-23-year-old Inoue went on the offensive from the first round of the second bout, making good use of his left hooks and straight rights and landing blow after blow to knock Carmona off balance in the fifth.

Although Carmona made a fight of it in the second half of the match, Inoue came up with more strong rights in the 12th round to the result beyond doubt.

Inoue, however, was less than happy about his performance.

“I have betrayed expectations spectacularly and I am sorry for that. It was an embarrassing fight,” he said. “Carmona was tough, he defended solidly and it was hard to break him down.”

Inoue has won all 10 of his fights, eight of them by knockout, and Carmona has 17 wins (6 KOs) against two losses and four draws.





Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi

There was a medical exam today (Thursday) for the forthcoming WBO/IBF world title doubleheader in Tokyo, Japan. The results were as follows:

For WBO junior bantamweight (115 lb) title bout
Height: 163.7 cm (5’4.5”)/162.7 cm (5’4”)
Chest: 91 cm (35’10”)/93 cm (36’7”)
Reach: 173 cm (68’)/168 cm (66’)

For IBF junior flyweight (108 lb) title bout
Height: 160.8 cm (5’3”)/162.5ccm (5’4”)
Chest: 89 cm (35’)/91 cm (35’10”)
Reach: 165 cm (65’)/168 cm (66’)

To be frank with you, this reporter really realized the size of “Monster” Inoue at today’s medical exam. Every Japanese boxing people, including former world champions and influential promoters here, admit Naoya Inoue’s extraordinary talents in hard-punching, speed on food and hand, reflexes to avert punches of his opponent, and some describe him as the best ever produced in Japan, even including Fighting Harada, Kuniaki Shibata, Yoko Gushiken, Jiro Watanabe, etc.


Inoue, now still 23, has displayed tremendous performance in nine professional bouts and in sparring sessions (where he beat up almost every name partners including Yaegashi, Malcolm Tunacao, Yu Muranaka, other name Filipino boxers including Rocky Fuentes, Sony Boy Jaro, Rey Loreto, Giovanni Escaner, etc.). At this stage of his career we admit Naoya is superb and special enough to be called the best of the best in our Japanese boxing history.

But Inoue truly is small. He is only 5’4.5” in height and weighs only 115 pounds plus, though he usually weighs some ten pounds over the junior bantam limit. At this moment, Inoue, Japan’s Mighty Atom, may defeat Roman Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras, and other champions un to the bantam category. But can he or will he be able to defeat Guillermo Rigondeaux, Carl Frampton and/or Leo Santa Cruz?

This reporter personally thinks it is very possible that Inoue, even now, can beat up and knock out Rigondeaux, Frampton and/or Santa Cruz. These boxers don’t master how to put the weight behind his punch, so they are all soft-punching pugilists depending only on fast combination punching, while Inoue can sink or finish his opponent with a single shot with precision.

But problem is his size. This reporter wonders whether Inoue will be able to defeat Adrian Broner even if Monster can punch much harder than Problem. Anyway, “Monster” Inoue will defend his belt against WBO top contender Carmona on Sunday and may try to demonstrate his tremendous talents against name opponents in the US, but there may be unfortunately a physical limit for Inoue to go over the wall.

This world title twinbll will be presented by Hideyuki Ohashi, former WBC/WBA world 105-pound champion and now promoter of Ohashi Promotions.


Carmona y Parrenas por interino OMB


MÉXICO — No será el 13 de junio en Nueva York pero sí el 20 de junio en México cuando se enfrente el capitalino David Carmona y el filipino Warlito Parrenas por el cetro interino súper mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo, informó a ESPN el promotor Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala Jr., director de All Star Boxing.

La pelea se estaba negociando inicialmente para el 13 de junio, en la velada que estelarizarán Nicholas Walters y Miguel Marriaga en el Teatro del Madison Square Garden en Nueva York. Ahí mismo peleará el prospecto boricua Félix Verdejo en contra del prospecto mexicano Iván Nájera.

Sin embargo, recién se recibió el aval de parte de la OMB para el cetro interino, toda vez que el monarca de las 115 libras, el japonés Naoya Inoue, se encuentra lesionado de una mano y no regresará sino hasta en unos meses más. De acuerdo con el mandato de la OMB, el ganador de la pelea entre Carmona y Parrenas deberá unificar con Inoue (8-0, 7 KO).

Carmona, de 24 años, oriundo de la Ciudad de México, es un joven talentoso que ha sido promovido por All Star Boxing de ‘Tutico’ Zabala Jr. y Producciones Deportivas de Ricardo Maldonado. Disputó ya el cetro de la OMB en las 115 libras pero no tuvo suerte ante el argentino Omar Narváez, con quien perdió en diciembre de 2013.Sin embargo, el púgil capitalino con marca de 19-2-4 y 8 nocauts, se recuperó poco a poco y logró tres valiosos triunfos desde entonces ante rivales de la talla de Ricardo Rodríguez, Martín Casillas y Daniel Lozano. En sus últimas 18 salidas al ring tiene salgo de 15 victorias, una derrota y dos empates.

Con esos triunfos, que le valieron la faja Latina de la OMB, Carmona regresó para ubicarse en los primeros clasificados, exactamente en el segundo peldaño del organismo que dirige Francisco Valcárcel desde Puerto Rico. Parrenas, su rival en turno, es el primer clasificado.

Parrenas, de 31 años, es originario de Filipinas, tiene marca de 24-6 y un alto número de nocauts con 31. Ha hilado siete victorias de su última caída, en junio de 2012 ante el mexicano Óscar Blanquet en Japón. En sus últimas 13 salidas al ring, ha perdido solo una vez y noqueó a 11 de sus enemigos.

De acuerdo con ‘Tutico’ Zabala, la pelea se realizará el 20 de junio, probablemente en la Ciudad de México o en algún lugar de la República Mexicana, y se está negociando con Zanfer para ver si la pelea puede ir por Televisión Azteca.


Warlito Parrenas trains with altitude mask ahead of bout with David Carmona


On June 20th we will see Filipino slugger Warlito Parrenas (24-6, 21) take part in his most significant bout to date, a WBO Interim Junior Bantamweight title bout against Mexico’s David Carmona (19-2-4, 8).

The hard hitting Parrenas seems to know that this is possibly a career changing match up and one that, if he wins, will really put him on the boxing map and open up a potential major pay day against Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7). He’ll also know that for this bout he needs to be at his very best.

To help prepare for the bout Parrenas has, for the first time in his career, began training with an altitude mask. The mask, which replicates the conditions of training at altitude, is often used by athletes wanting the benefit of altitude training whilst managing to train in more normal environment. It can help replicate the conditions that a fighter may find themselves in, especially if they are set to fight at altitude, like Parrenas is with his bout set to take place in the elevated Mexico city.

Parrenas has described the experience as making him “feel like a super hero” though has confessed that the training is difficult with the mask, which limits the amount of oxygen a fighter can breath in at any time. It does however seem to have been a smart decision considering the conditions that he is set to fight in.

(Image courtesy of Warlito Parrenas’s facebook)


WBO Youth Title: David Carmona-Ricardo Rodriguez


Photos/Weights: David Carmona-Ricardo Rodriguez –

The weights are in for the Telemundo televised card from El Plaza Condesa (Juan Escutia #4 Colonia Condesa, Mexico DF,MX). Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.mx . The first fight is at 8:00 PM. The promoter is Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas & RB Producciones – and carried on the Telemundo Network 11:35 PM (US) & Claro Sports (Mexico & Latin America)

David “Severo” Carmona 115  Vs. Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez 115
10 Rounds WBO Youth World Super flyweight Title




(12/21/2013) Omar Narvaez vs. David Carmona

Date:  Saturday, December 21, 2013

WBO Jr. Bantamweight Championship

Location : Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, Benavidez, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Promoter: O.R. Promotions/Osvaldo Rivero

Supervisor: Jorge Molina

Referee: Mario Gonzalez

Judges: Robert Hoyle, Carlos Ortiz, Manuel Veliz

Result: Narvaez TKO’ed David Carmona in the seventh round on Dec. 21, 2013.


Carmona-Flores HOY en el DF/Telemundo


Se terminaron las palabras, retos y finalmente, este viernes, David Carmona expondrá su campeonato mundial juvenil de peso supermosca de la OMB, en batalla de revancha ante Daniel “Venado” Flores, en el duelo estelar que presentará All Star Boxing, Producciones Deportivas y RB Producciones en el Salón José Cuervo.


Durante la semana, ambos peleadores prometieron dar una gran pelea y brindarse con todo para toda la afición que seguramente hará una gran entrada y que apoyará a sus peleadores favoritos.


En la primera pelea que tuvieron arriba del ring, David Carmona salió victorioso por una decisión dividida que no convenció en nada a los aficionados que se dieron cita en el Foro Polanco, ya que el “Venado” Flores dio una gran batalla por lo que merecía más por su iniciativa de combate.


Con esa misma determinación, Danny Flores saldrá con la consigna de vencer y de despojar del título a Carmona. Su condición física será una de sus armas –comentó- además de que sabrá la estrategia a seguir para salir con la victoria de manera clara ante el campeón mundial juvenil de la OMB.


Por su parte, Carmona no puede darse el lujo de perder y que su primer encuentro ante el “Venado” Flores, solo fue una mala noche, por lo que se encuentra obligado a ganar, convencer y gustar, para despejar dudas.


En lo que fue la ceremonia de pesaje, ambos peleadores no tuvieron problema con la báscula y coincidieron con un peso de 52.200 kilogramos.


En otros combates, Pedro Melo contra Walter Popoca a ocho rounds en peso gallo; a seis rounds, en superpluma, Carlos “Fino” Ruiz-Gonzalo Rodríguez y en la misma distancia en gallo, Fernando Curiel versus Rodolfo Gaspar.


Y en peleas a cuatro rollos: En peso paja, Giovanni Andrade frente a Rubén Juárez; Julio César Juárez-Christofer Flores en peso pluma y en gallo, Leobardo Hernández contra Juan Carrera. La función dará comienzo a las 8:00 PM.