Regis Prograis: Facing Josh Taylor in Super Series final 'was destiny'

0:31                                            Josh Taylor looks ahead to his world title challenge

0:31 Josh Taylor looks ahead to his world title challenge

Naoya Inoue explained he started too tense, which meant he could not pull off a third first-round knockout win in succession, but the Japanese fighter still produced a sensational performance, flooring Puerto Rico's Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-1,12 KOs) three times in the second round of their bantamweight world title fight to score a TKO victory on the same card in Glasgow.

26, made a second defense of the WBA world bantamweight title while capturing the IBF belt from Rodriguez, who was making a second defense at the SSE Hydro.

Inoue, however, is expected to relinquish his WBA belt as it will be "unified" with Donaire's super belt in the WBSS final to be held later this year. The 26 year old's background is chequered having been held in high regard within his national amateur system but only garnering global success at a "youth" level.

"I am well aware that I am fighting a guy considered the best by reporters and fans, but I have been waiting this moment my entire life".

"Nonito Doniare has had a great career", said Inoue.

Prograis, 30, of the United States, who was in Glasgow to watch the fight, was left encouraged by openings he saw in Taylor. Since then, I said me and him were the two best fighters in the division.

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"I think Inoue is going to win because he is on the way up and still improving while Donaire has reached his peak", said Cataraja. They put on a show. I always seek to fight the best of the best. "That makes me feel like I'm 21 again because that excites me".

After a close round one, Inoue dropped Rodriguez three times in round two to spectacularly end it.

"I came out looking to be aggressive, and I kept that going and I did well tonight", Inoue said after extending his flawless record to 18 wins, with 16 victories coming by way of knockout.

The Puerto Rican's lack of ring savvy was evident, as he chose to stand in front of Inoue for most of the fight, which could be suicidal for anyone facing a one-punch knockout artist. Im confident I will beat him, although Im not quite sure of my strategy just yet.”.

"It is going to be a hell of a fight".

Rodriguez, blood running from his nose, was shaking his head and motioning to his corner to stop the fight, right after the first knockdown.

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