Jamie McDonnell v Naoya Inoue: British fighter loses title in first-round stoppage

Jamie McDonnell
Jamie McDonnell's 10-year unbeaten run came to a swift end in Tokyo on Friday

Britain's Jamie McDonnell lost his WBA world bantamweight title in a devastating first-round stoppage defeat by Naoya Inoue in Tokyo.

The 32-year-old got to his feet after a second-minute knockdown from a left hook but unbeaten Inoue pounced soon after to finish the contest.

McDonnell wept after the referee waved the fight off following a flurry of punches from his 25-year-old opponent.

It is the Englishman's first defeat in 10 years.

He had been backed onto the ropes and was unable to respond to the speed and power of a rival nicknamed 'The Monster'.

Doncaster fighter McDonnell - at 5ft 10in - had a five-inch height advantage over the challenger but his size meant making the 8st 6lb weight limit was difficult.

Inoue has earned a reputation as a devastating puncher, having knocked out 13 of his 16 opponents.

He claimed a world title at light-flyweight in his sixth professional bout and moved up to super-flyweight two fights later to pick up another, which he has since defended six times.

The home fighter was priced at 1-6 with bookmakers, and though McDonnell said beforehand he was in "physical and mental shape like never before", he barely landed a punch.

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