Naoya Inoue finishes Dasmarinas with crushing body shots

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 19: WBA/IBF bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue of Japan has his arm raised by referee Russell Mora after stopping Michael Dasmarinas of the Philippines in the third round of their title fight at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on June 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

WBA/IBF bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue has his arm raised after stopping Michael Dasmarinas in the 3rd round of their title battle at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on June 19, 2021 in Las Vegas. (Image by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

A super star is establishing in front of our eyes, and he’s doing it with a few of the most vicious body punches boxing has actually seen in years.

Bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue landed 17 punches to the body of Michael Dasmarinas in simply under 3 complete rounds of battling Saturday at the Virgin Hotel in Las Vegas. 3 of them dropped the video game Dasmarinas, with the last one triggering referee Russell Mora to wave off the bout at 2:45 of the 3rd.

Inoue kept the IBF and WBA titles with the one-sided win, that made him 21-0 with 18 knockouts. He showed yet once again why some believe he’s the hardest puncher pound-for-pound in the sport and why he might well be the very best total fighter.

Inoue has no noticeable weak points, and among the only factors he’s not currently a huge star in the U.S. is that he weighs 118 pounds and Americans take note of bantamweight about as frequently as the Cubs win the World Series.

This, however, might be the person to get that to happen. He revealed all the tools in the battle with Dasmarinas in addition to his immobilizing power. He’s got fast hands, excellent feet and an user-friendly sense of how to set his brighten.

Dasmarinas was aware that Inoue was going to pursue his ribcage, and kept best elbow tucked to his side as finest he could. Inoue still handled to get under it and damage his liver.

He knocked him down initially with a body shot — a delegated the liver, naturally — late in the 2nd. Dasmarinas decreased recoiling, in apparent pain. It was the type of a punch that can for a short time incapacitate a fighter and render him or her not able to move for 10 or 15 seconds.

Dasmarinas fearlessly got up and endured Round 2. However Inoue dropped him midway through the 3rd for the 2nd knockdown and it was clear it was simply a matter of time.

Again, Dasmarinas winced and appeared in considerable pain, but he took the count and was up and ready to resume. Mora took pity on him after the 3rd knockdown and wouldn’t let him take those shots anymore, stopping the carnage.

“I prepare myself to knock them out, whether with a head shot or a body shot,” Inoue stated. “I came prepared and to get a win by knockout is good for me.”

Promoter Bob Arum was beaming in the ring as he accepted Inoue. He understands he’s most likely to be boxing’s next huge thing.

“Naoya Inoue is a unique force of nature inside that ring,” Arum stated. “Another incredible performance from ‘The Monster.’ We are seeing a great fighter at work here, and he is only going to get better.”

He’ll likely deal with the winner of the Aug. 14 bout in between Nonito Donaire and John Riel Casimero, who were both ringside, in his next getaway.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.