Aftermath: Inoue vs McDonnell

Boxing Monthly
25/05/2018 1:20pm

Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue demolished Jamie McDonnell in one round on Friday in Tokyo in their WBA bantamweight title showdown. Luca Rosi, Lee Gormley, Shawn Smith, James Oddy, Cameron Gillon, Anthony Cocks and Martin Chesnutt give their reaction to the latest performance by 'The Monster'...

As Spencer Oliver said on Sky TV's commentary, Jamie McDonnell was weight drained and lacked any sort of punch resistance. From the first meaningful exchanges, the writing was on the wall for him. I don't think, however, that Naoya Inoue actually landed a concussive blow. A big shame for one of boxing's good guys. The baby-faced Japanese assassin is building a fearsome reputation. Hopefully, we'll get to see him against the likes of Zolani Tete and Emmanuel Rodriguez in the WBSS. - Luca Rosi

Inoue proved exactly why he's known as 'the Monster' with that swift first-round finish of McDonnell. It may not have been his cleanest performance but he was in there to simply seek and destroy straight from the opening bell, showcasing his brutal power to the head and body. Inoue is already a superstar in Japan, and rightfully so, but this outing on Sky Sports and his previous American debut will only enhance his reputation further. A three-weight world champion, albeit with just the WBA 'regular' belt this time around, is a huge feat at just 25 years of age.

In my opinion he's one of the top five best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet now, if he wasn't already, and a likely move into the latest bantamweight World Boxing Super Series is a truly mouth-watering prospect. Inoue against any of the other champions in that tournament would make for incredible fights, particularly Burnett or Tete. As a massive Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez fan, the more I see of Inoue the more glad I am that that fight never came to fruition. The power he possesses is frightening and he has a massive future ahead of him for sure. - Lee Gormley

Inoue lived up to the hype on Friday in demolishing McDonnell en route to a first-round victory. What made the performance even more impressive was that it was Inoue's first venture into the 118lbs division. To see his power travel up so well should be terrifying to the rest of the division. The win will almost guarantee Inoue becomes the number one ranked bantamweight in the world and will leave fans salivating at a potential showdown with Zolani Tete.

For British fans, the questions will also turn to what the future holds for McDonnell. At 32, he'll be looking to earn himself another world title opportunity sooner than later. - Shawn Smith

Inoue is a special talent. McDonnell is an underated boxer and he was taken apart today. The Japanese wunderkind is so patient in everything he does yet jumps on anyone he hurts. I'd pay good money to see him against Tete. - James Oddy

Like Lee said, Inoue proved today why he is called 'The Monster'' with that performance today. McDonnell outweighed him by about a stone and Inoue ran through him like he was the bigger man. The pressure and creativity he possesses are going to be a nightmare for any bantamweight and what a WBSS tournament we have lined up now! As for McDonnell he should really look at moving up in weight at this point. He's an excellent fighter who is perhaps on the downslide of his career now. I wouldn't pick him to beat any of the current world champions. He could have a good run at 122Ibs though. I'm with James, Inoue against Zolani Tete would be a fight I would happily pay for. - Cameron Gillon

If there was any doubt before - and there certainly wasn't in my mind - that Inoue belongs among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, there shouldn't be now. He has not only defeated top-class opponents across three weight classes, he has dominated them. The undefeated Japanese phenom's career compares favourably to Vasyl Lomachenko's and his competition outshines Terence Crawford's, leaving perhaps only Gennady Golovkin above him on the mythical P4P lists. At 25-years-old with a record of 16- (14) including 11 wins with 10 knockouts in world title fights, the kid has a very bright future. - Anthony Cocks

Inoue was amazing on Friday. What a fool I am for even wondering if he’d keep his power at 118lbs! McDonnell didn’t look great on the scales, but Inoue is probably just entering his prime, so the outcome (early finish) would’ve likely been the result regardless. If Inoue had stopped for 15 minutes at flyweight, he’d likely be a four weight champion now. - Martin Chesnutt