Two champions came in undefeated Tuesday night in Japan, only one left with two belts and their unbeaten record intact. Naoya Inoue once again proved his greatness, moving up another division and making the two belt champion in Stephen Fulton look ordinary and several levels below him.
Naoya Inoue vs. Stephen Fulton results
They built Inoue vs Fulton up as speed and power vs technique and smarts, but from the get go, Inoue flat out beat him everywhere and clearly looked like the far superior boxer. Inoue clearly kept his power as he moved up in weight, but he also looks very fast at this division. Add all that with his incredible technique and timing, and Inoue immediately put the entire division on notice.
After shutting him out and dominating every round prior, Inoue also badly hurt and dropped Fulton in the 8th round. Fulton managed to get back up, but Inoue pounced and quickly finished it seconds after.
Fulton was the two belt champion and arguably the best at super bantamweight, but Inoue just completely dominated him and made it look easy. It’s the perfect testament to “The Monster,” who made his case once again as the top pound-for-pound talent in boxing today.
Prior to the match up, Inoue was an undisputed bantamweight champion. Now he holds two more belts at super bantamweight, and is officially a four-division world champion.
After the contest, Naoya Inoue faced off with Filipino super-bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales, who currently holds the WBA and IBF titles. They plan to unify the belts and crown an undisputed champion at the end of the year.
Official result: Naoya Inoue def. Stephen Fulton by TKO, Round 8 (1:14)
Naoya Inoue vs. Stephen Fulton video highlights
Check here for full results of the event, along with highlight videos as well.
Watch more angles and a slow motion capture of the end sequence.
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