McDonnell vs Inoue: Your one-stop preview for the WBA bantamweight title fight in Tokyo

Jamie McDonnell will defend his WBA bantamweight world title in Tokyo against Naoya Inoue. You can follow it live on Sky Sports from 1.00pm or follow it live on Sky Sports Action or with our Live Blog. Here’s all you need to know…

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McDonnell has held the WBA bantamweight title for four years and despite talk of moving up, the champion is never afraid to travel or take a risk, and Naoya Inoue brings both to the table.

The Japanese ‘Monster’ might be making his first appearance at 118lbs, but is not only the home fighter – he also carries a frightening 87 per cent KO ration with him.

The lower the weights the more successful the Land of the Rising Sun seems to be, so Inoue will have to go against the grain if he is to become a two-weight world champion, after holding the WBO strap at bantam for almost as long as McDonnell has had his.

McDonnell has travelled for five of his last six fights so that won’t be a problem and he has already beaten a Japanese favourite, Tomoki Kameda, twice.

This is likely to be the Brit’s final fight at this weight, but he has not lost for 10 years and has never been stopped. Inoue might well be the strong favourite, but he is five inches shorter than the champion. McDonnell will do extremely well to overshadow him on home soil…

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McDonnell’s current WBA world champion super-bantamweight streak goes back to May 31, 2014, with Inoue’s WBO hold down at bantamweight just four days short. Japan’s successes have always been at the lower weights, but with Ryota Murata making middleweight history, should Indoue take McDonnell’s title away, the Japanese will go 5-4 ahead from middleweight down…

World champions GB and Ireland Japan Anthony Joshua Heavyweight Ryota Murata Middleweight George Groves Super-Middleweight Ryosuke Iwasa Super-Bantamweight James DeGale Super-Middleweight Sho Kimora Flyweight Billy Joe Saunders Middleweight Hiroto Kyoguchi Minimumweight Josh Warrington Featherweight Jamie McDonnell Bantamweight Ryan Burnett Bantamweight Kal Yafai Super-Flyweight The weigh-in…

Jamie McDonnell weighed in at 8st 5lbs 8oz ahead of his WBA bantamweight world title defence against Naoya Inoue.

McDonnell: 8st 5lbs 8oz
Inoue: 8st 6lbs

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McDonnell is following in the footsteps of Wayne McCullough and Rendall Munroe, but the latter failed to win his world title in Tokyo. Humidity, polite applause then a silent arena. The ‘Boxing Bin Man’ recalls his Far East experiences…
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Time draws near…

Jamie McDonnell faces a tough task when he defends his WBA world title against the fearsome Naoya 'The Monster' Inoue.

Watch Jamie McDonnell, in Tokyo, on Friday, May 25, from 1pm, live on Sky Sports Action before Kal Yafai takes on David Carmona in the early hours of Sunday morning, from 2.30am, on Sky Sports Action.

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