Naoya Inoue halts Omar Narvaez to claim WBO super flyweight title

30/12/2014 15:19

Japan's Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7 KOs) scored a stunning knockout over Omar Narvaez (43-2-2, 23 KOs) in the second round to capture the WBO super-flyweight title on Tuesday at Metropolitan Gym in Tokyo, Japan.

The unbeaten Inoue, 21, who had moved up two weights for the fight after claiming the WBC light-flyweight crown in April, was in control from the start of the bout, sending the 39-year-old Argentine to the canvas three times before finishing the contest with a powerful left-hand body-shot that kept Narvaez, who had defended the WBO belt for 12 years, on his knees.

Also on the card, Mexican Pedro Guevara (24-1-1, 16 KOs) stopped former two-time world champion Akira Yaegashi (20-5, 10 KOs) in the seventh round to win the vacant WBC light-flyweight title.

The finish came when Guevara floored his Japanese opponent with a stunning left hook to the body.

Jorge Linares (38-3, 25 KOs) defeated Mexico's Javier Prieto (24-8-2, 18 KOs) in scoring a fourth round stoppage to win the vacant  WBC lightweight title.

This bout was contested for the belt recently vacated by Omar Figueroa, who is sidelined for several months because of a hand injury. 

Japan-based Venezuelan Linares, collected his third world title after previously winning the WBC featherweight and the WBA super-featherweight titles, landed a left-right combination that sent Prieto to the canvas before the referee counted him out.