In the thrilling encounter between Naoya Inoue and Stephen Fulton, held at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan, on July 25, the boxing world witnessed a captivating battle for the WBC and WBO super bantamweight titles. The live event, aired on ESPN+, showcased the exceptional skills of both fighters.
The opening round saw Inoue and Fulton exchanging jabs to the body, displaying their quick footwork and impressive speed. While Inoue seemed to control the pace, Fulton was trying to find his range and engage. Inoue landed some solid jabs, and Fulton struggled to retaliate effectively. The round ended with Inoue taking the lead.
Inoue continued to dominate in the second round, delivering powerful combinations that shook Fulton. Despite Fulton’s efforts to block the shots, he appeared rattled and unable to find his rhythm. Inoue’s confidence soared as he landed more punches and demonstrated his superior control in the ring.
Throughout the third round, Inoue maintained control, consistently landing jabs to the body and hooks to Fulton’s head. Fulton showed signs of hesitation, unable to mount an effective offense against Inoue’s exceptional defensive skills. Despite some moments of resistance from Fulton, Inoue convincingly won the round.
Inoue stepped up the tempo in the fourth round, relentlessly jabbing and attacking Fulton’s body. Fulton attempted to counter with a right hand, but Inoue’s movement made it difficult for Fulton to land clean shots. Inoue’s jabbing and effective combinations earned him another round in his favor.
As the rounds progressed, Fulton’s punches seemed slower and less impactful, while Inoue remained sharp and composed. Fulton did manage to catch Inoue with a few punches, but Inoue responded with even more powerful shots. The round ended with Inoue in clear control of the fight.
The sixth round saw Inoue continue his dominance, using his jab to control the distance and effectively land combinations. Despite Fulton’s effort to retaliate, Inoue’s defensive prowess nullified most of his attacks. Inoue consistently outclassed Fulton in the exchanges.
Fulton attempted to assert himself in the seventh round with a good right hand, but Inoue quickly responded, preventing Fulton from building any momentum. Inoue’s movement and defensive skills made it challenging for Fulton to find openings. By the end of the round, Inoue’s advantage remained evident.
The eighth round proved decisive as Inoue landed a powerful right hand that hurt Fulton, sending him to the canvas. Although Fulton managed to get up, he was in bad shape and struggled to withstand Inoue’s ferocious onslaught. The referee eventually stopped the fight, declaring Inoue the winner by TKO.
Inoue’s masterful performance and impressive technical skills secured him victory over Fulton, retaining his WBC and WBO super bantamweight titles.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about boxing match highlights
Question: When and where did the boxing match between Naoya Inoue and Stephen Fulton take place?
Answer: The boxing match between Naoya Inoue and Stephen Fulton took place on July 25 at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan.
Question: What titles were at stake in the Inoue vs. Fulton fight?
Answer: In the Inoue vs. Fulton fight, Naoya Inoue (25-0, 22 knockouts) battled Stephen Fulton (21-1, 8 knockouts) for Fulton’s WBC and WBO super bantamweight titles.
Question: How can I watch the full fight video highlights?
Answer: You can watch the full fight video highlights of Naoya Inoue vs. Stephen Fulton from the Inoue vs. Fulton event through various outlets, including Top Rank Boxing and other sources.
Question: Where was the fight aired live?
Answer: The fight was aired live on ESPN+.
Question: Who won the boxing match between Naoya Inoue and Stephen Fulton?
Answer: Naoya Inoue won the fight by TKO in the eighth round.