Inoue knocks out McDonnell to take WBA title

Japanese challenger Naoya Inoue celebrates after winning over British Jamie McDonnell in their WBA World bantamweight title match in Tokyo Friday, May 25, 2018. Inoue won the match by a technical knockout in the first round. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Japanese challenger Naoya Inoue, center, celebrates after winning over British champion Jamie McDonnell during their WBA World bantamweight title match in Tokyo Friday, May 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Japanese challenger Naoya Inoue, left, punches British Jamie McDonnell during the first round of their WBA World bantamweight title match in Tokyo Friday, May 25, 2018. Inoue won the match by a technical knockout in the round.(AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
British champion Jamie McDonnell, center, reacts after his first round technical knockout loss to his Japanese challenger Naoya Inoue during their WBA World bantamweight title match in Tokyo Friday, May 25, 2018.(AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

TOKYO — Naoya Inoue of Japan defeated Britain's Jamie McDonnell with a first-round knockout on Friday to capture the WBA bantamweight title.

Inoue sent the champion to the canvas with a left hook in the second minute. The 32-year-old McDonnell got to his feet but the referee waved the fight off following a flurry of punches by Inoue.

It was McDonnell's first defeat in 10 years.

With the victory, Inoue improved to 16-0 with 14 KOs while McDonnell's record fell to 29-3 with one draw.

Inoue claimed a world title at light-flyweight and moved up to super-flyweight two fights later to pick up another title which he defended six times.

Also, Kenshiro Teraji of Japan defended his WBC light-flyweight crown with a second-round knockout of Mexico's Ganigan Lopez.

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