Naoya Inoue comfortably resolved his duel against the Thai Aran Dipaen, whom he defeated by TKO in the eighth round to retain the WBA and IBF titles of world bantamweight champion. ‘Monster’ was demolishing his opponent with blows to the body and the head and forced the referee Michiaki Someya to immediately stop the fight, which took place in Tokyo.
This fight marked the return of Inoue to his country, after the exciting battle fought against Nonito Donaire in 2019, in a unification fight. Naoya controlled the combat at all times and made Dipaen stagger on more than one occasion. Now the Japanese champion will be able to look to a more fruitful 2022, since 2021 will not bring him top-level rivals.
It should be remembered that John Riel Casimero He holds the WBO title and had a match scheduled to fight Inoue last month, before the pandemic prevented the contest, so it may be resumed. On the other hand, Nonito Donaire is the holder of the WBC belt, and a rematch is to the liking of all parties.