Jamie McDonnell vs. Naoya Inoue Fight Preview & Prediction

Current WBA champion Jamie McDonnell extends his mission to conquer the globe and compound his bantamweight legacy by putting his title on the line against the exciting Japanese prospect Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue. This event is scheduled for Friday 25th May, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

The winner of McDonnell and Inoue will be a shoe-in for automatic entry to the next season of the World Boxing Super Series. Victory for either fighters sets up a list of potential gruelling fights against the likes of fellow world champions Ryan Burnett, Zolani Tete and Emmanuel Rodriguez, who have already confirmed their spots in the tournament.

Standing at 5’10” tall, McDonnell has a spare few inches over Inoue an takes seven years added experience with him into the ring. On paper, the Japanese challenger looks to be the more dangerous fighter with a killer KO record but McDonnell can cause an upset on any platform on which he performs.


Jamie McDonnell Recent Form and Fight Record

The Yorkshire champion enters this contest with a 29-2 fight record and a 40% KO ratio. Since his two only losses in his career, which came back to back, McDonnell has built up a 10-year unbeaten streak with victories from Doncaster to Monte Carlo.

In his last five fights the British Bantamweight boxer has gone up against the very best from Venezuela, Mexico and Tomoki Kameda of Japan, the latter proving he has experience in mixing up it with elite Asian fighters with ease. If there is any concern about McDonnell’s form it may be that he has stopped only one in five.






04/11/17 Liborio Solis Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo N ND
12/11/16 Liborio Solis Salle des Étoiles, Monte Carlo W UD
09/04/16 Fernando Vargas O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich W TKO
06/09/15 Tomoki Kameda American Bank Center, Corpus Christi W UD
09/05/15 Tomoki Kameda State Farm Arena, Hidalgo W UD


Naoya Inoue Recent Form and Fight Record

Since his 2012 debut Japanese boxing sensation Naoya Inoue has racked up a sizzling string of 15 wins with no losses. With a ring name like monster it should come as no surprise that he has ended 13 fights by knockout. That gives Inoue an astonishing 87% KO ratio, one of the highest in the modern boxing era.

The Japanese starlet has not been short of contenders to polish his skills against either, and although he hasn’t fought in 2018 all of his last five fights have taken place within an 18-month window. And as with this upcoming encounter against McDonnell, all bar one of his fights have taken place on his home turf.






30/12/17 Yoan Boyeaux Bunka Gym, Yokohama W TKO
09/09/17 Antonio Nieves* StubHub Center, Carson W RTD
21/05/17 Ricardo Rodriguez Ariake Colosseum W KO
30/12/16 Kohei Kono Ariake Colosseum W TKO
04/09/16 Karoon Jarupianlerd Sky Arena, Zama W KO


When asked about his chances against WBA champion McDonnell, Inoue said: “European fighters have long legs and arms, and it means that their body positioning is different from Asian fighters.

“It isn’t easy to find those kind of fighters in Asia. I didn’t have any difficulty fighting them, but it was a new experience.”

“But it’s the same when meeting any fighter for the first time, there’s always something new to contend with.”


McDonnell vs. Inoue Prediction

The bookmaker’s odds rarely lie and in this case they favour the challenger, who is predicting to end the fight with one punch. We admire Inoue’s ambition to continue his KO crusade but he may be underestimating the calibre of the champ. If he imposes himself on McDonnell early on in the fight then we expect to see a knockdown and influence the judges’ decision should the fight go to 12.

The British champion won’t be travelling the distance for the prize money alone, his presence and ring-craft will cause Inoue problems in front of his home crowd but whether that’s enough to tip the fight in his favour is a different matter altogether.

Is it too much to ask for two Yorkshire fighters to win in title fights two weeks in a row? Last weekend saw Josh Warrington beat Lee Selby against all odds. Any punters looking to double up should do so at their own risk. Take a late KO by Inoue for a safe bet.


How and where to watch the fight

Viewers can watch Jamie McDonnell vs. Naoya Inoue in Tokyo, on Friday, May 25, from 1pm. All the action will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Mix and Sky Sports Action. Also featured on this card is Kal Yafai vs. David Carmona in the early hours of Sunday morning, from 2.30am. Both fights can be accessed through BoxNation and Sky Sports pass streaming platforms.


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