Inoue scores KO over Kono to retain WBO title
WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10 KOs) scored a 6th round TKO over former WBA champion Kohei Kono (32-10-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.
The Japanese fighter got the better of countryman Kono throughout and finished him off with two knockdowns in the 6th round.
Kono had previously never been stopped.
Inoue was landing hard shots from the start and while Kono showed his toughness and was always throwing punches back, he was getting outpunched by the unbeaten champion.
A solid left hook to Kono’s jaw sent him to the canvas in the 6th and although he barely beat the count in making it back to his feet, a combination from Inoue dropped Kono again and there would be no getting up from this knockdown. Referee Robert Byrd called off the fight without a count at 1:01 of the round.
Also on the card, IBF light flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (25-5, 13 KOs) retained his title with a 12th round TKO over Thai challenger Samartlek Kokietgym (31-6, 12 KOs).
Japan's Yaegashi hurt Kokietgym with a right hand in the 12th and landed non-stop shots until referee Gerald Whyte stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:13 of the round.