Inoue keeps WBO 115lb belt by tenth round KO over #1 Petchbangborn


By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada –

Unbeaten Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs), 115, impressively retained his WBO junior bantamweight belt as he kept battering top contender Petchbangborn Kokietgym (38-8-1, 18 KOs), 115, swept all rounds and finally knocked him out at 3:03 of the tenth round on Sunday in Zama, Kanagawa, Japan. Inoue, making his third defense against all #1 contenders, displayed a complete control of the contest, but the game Thailander withstood his assault and amazingly showed his persistent retaliation. But Inoue finally accelerated his attack so furiously that he had the challenger sprawling to the deck for the count tolled by the referee Mark Nelson of the US.

thumbs_9416inoue008 thumbs_9416inoue011 thumbs_9416inoue010 9416inoue00t thumbs_9416inoue001

thumbs_9416inoue004 thumbs_9416inoue003 thumbs_9416inoue005 thumbs_9416inoue006 thumbs_9416inoue007 thumbs_9416inoue009