McDonnell vs Inoue: Jamie McDonnell to defend WBA bantamweight title against Naoya Inoue
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 06/03/18 9:53am
Jamie McDonnell will head to Japan to defend his world title against Naoya Inoue on May 25, live on Sky Sports.
Doncaster's McDonnell will put his WBA bantamweight gold on the line against the feted Inoue, who has already won world titles in two lower divisions and is regarded as one of the world's best boxers.
It will be McDonnell's seventh defence of his title, including two decision wins over Japan's Tomoki Kameda in the United States in 2015.
So it's on we go to Japan 🇯🇵 to defend my WBA world title against one of the pound for pound best in naoya inoue this is why am in the game to be the best u av to fight the best I am the best bantamweight on this planet 🌎 and I will prove it again may 25th 👊🏻☝🏻 #teammac— Jamie Mcdonnell (@JamieMcdonnell1) March 6, 2018
. @JamieMcdonnell1 travels to Japan to take on @ringmagazine P4P no.8 Inoue to defend his @WBABoxing Bantamweight Title.— Dave Coldwell (@davidcoldwell) March 6, 2018
Yes it’s a tough task, but we’re not going to for the culture!
A win in Tokyo & finally Jamie becomes the star his achievements deserve. #boxing 🥊
McDonnell (29-2-1) most recently fought to a 'no contest' in his rematch with Liborio Solis after sustaining a cut from an accidental clash of heads.
His upcoming challenger Inoue, known as 'the Monster', is unbeaten in 15 fights of which 14 have taken place in his home country of Japan.
He won the WBC light-flyweight title in his sixth fight then the WBO junior-bantamweight title in his eighth. Challenging McDonnell will be his first fight at bantamweight.