Belts on The Line
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Who won Inoue vs Rodriguez?
Naoya Inoue beat Emmanuel Rodriguez by knockout in the 2nd round on Saturday 18th May 2019 at The SSE Hydro in Scotland.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 118 pounds (8.4 stone or 53.5 KG).
This contest was for the unified bantamweight championship of the world, with the IBF, WBA & The Ring belts on the line.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Ivan Baranchyk's and Josh Taylor's clash for the IBF World Junior Welterweight championship.
Inoue vs Rodriguez stats
Back in May 2019, Emmanuel Rodriguez stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 19 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Naoya Inoue made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 17 wins and 0 draws, with 15 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Inoue had a large advantage in power over Rodriguez, boosting at 88% knock out percentage over Rodriguez's 63%.
Emmanuel Rodriguez was the older man by 1 year, at 27 years old.
Rodriguez had a height advantage of 1 inch over Inoue. Despite this, Inoue had 1-inch reach advantage.
Both Emmanuel Rodriguez & Naoya Inoue fought out of an orthodox stance.
Rodriguez's experience as a professional fighter was relatively equal to Inoue's, having had 2 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 4 months earlier than Inoue, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 17 less professional rounds, 139 to Inoue's 156.
Inoue vs Rodriguez form
Rodriguez had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Jason Moloney on 20th October 2018 by split decision in their IBF World Bantamweight championship fight at CFE Arena, Florida, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Paul Butler on 5th May 2018 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Bantamweight championship fight at The O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had beat Giovanni Delgado on 5th August 2017 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Coliseo Ecuestre Municipal, Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
Before that, he had won against Robinson Lavinanza on 25th March 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at Parque Concepcion Perez Alberto, Fajardo.
He had beat Alberto Guevara on 3rd June 2016 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Florida, United States.
Naoya Inoue remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 5 of his last opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Juan Carlos Payano on 7th October 2018 by knockout in the 1st round in their WBA World Bantamweight championship fight at Arena, Kanagawa, Japan.
Previous to that, he had defeated Jamie McDonnell on 25th May 2018 by technical knockout in the 1st round in their WBA World Bantamweight championship fight at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo.
Going into that contest, he had won against Yoan Boyeaux on 30th December 2017 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their WBO World Junior Bantamweight championship fight at Bunka Gym, Kanagawa.
Before that, he had defeated Antonio Nieves on 9th September 2017 by technical knockout in the 6th round in their WBO World Junior Bantamweight championship fight at Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, United States.
He had beat Ricardo Rodriguez on 21st May 2017 by knockout in the 3rd round in their WBO World Junior Bantamweight championship fight at Ariake Colosseum, Japan.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Naoya Inoue had been fighting more than Emmanuel Rodriguez.
Going to this contest, Emmanuel Rodriguez had last fought 6 months and 28 days ago, while Naoya Inoue's last outing had been 7 months and 11 days ago.
Rodriguez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 39 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.8 rounds on average.
Inoue's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 11 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
What time did Inoue vs Rodriguez start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM BST at The SSE Hydro, Scotland, United Kingdom, which was 4:00 PM EST or 1:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
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What were the odds on Inoue vs Rodriguez?
Emmanuel Rodriguez was a 9/2 (+450) underdog going into the contest, while Naoya Inoue made his way into the ring at 3/25 (-830) with oddsmakers.