Emmanuel Rodriguez vs Naoya Inoue

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Emmanuel Rodriguez vs Naoya Inoue
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Date: 
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Location: 
The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
118
Titles at Stake: 
IBF Bantamweight World Title (Rodriguez's 2nd defence) World Boxing Super Series, semi finals

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Fan Cards: Emmanuel Rodriguez vs Naoya Inoue


scorecard by MATCHROOM
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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scorecard by DIEGOYEYE
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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scorecard by POWERPUNCHER999
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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scorecard by RODEM
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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scorecard by PHILLYPHAN69
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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scorecard by HTTP
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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scorecard by SHINGOAWAJI0912
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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scorecard by NF82
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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9


scorecard by CHAMPION97
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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scorecard by MINIMAXBOXING
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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scorecard by PETIEROACH
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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scorecard by MIKE25
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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10


scorecard by GOLD
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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10


scorecard by YUNIDVR
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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16
NAOYA INOUE
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20


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
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EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ
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NAOYA INOUE
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Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

Inoue will be a very heavy favourite, Payano, Moloney, both quarter finalists, Inoue beat Payano about as emphatically as a fighter can win, Rodriguez won by split decision, which is the least emphatically a fighter can win. This is still a great match up, battle of the unbeatens, WBSS semi finalists, a win is a win, Rodriguez's latest win might have been close, but it was not controversial, Rodriguez, beating a young, unbeaten fighter in his prime, Inoue, beating an old fighter, not in the prime of his career, I think Moloney would beat Payano, but still, that's an opinion, Payano, more experienced than Moloney, the proven fighter, and there can be no complaints about this not being considered a 50/50 fight, based on how well Inoue and Rodriguez did in the quarterfinals.

Both guys are unbeaten, they have a combined record of 36-0, they are 17-0 and 19-0, not a lot of fights for either, but both are under 27, both still improving if anything. Rodriguez has done 8 rounds more than Inoue, but both have been 10, 12 rounds before, so for rounds, nothing really in it. Inoue has been in 10 world title fights, Rodriguez has been in just 2, so overall, Inoue probably has the better experience. Inoue has 88% KOs, we know he has devastating power, Rodriguez has 63% KOs, he can punch a bit, but he doesn't have same level of power Inoue has.

Neither were great amateurs, but both were good amateurs, Rodriguez had over 180 bouts, competed in the AIBA Youth championships in Azerbaijan, 2010, and one other tournament of about that significance, Inoue competed in 5 tournaments of about that level, neither were Olympians or anything, but both had decent amateur careers.

Rodriguez is bigger than Inoue, he is slightly taller, Inoue has more reach, but Rodriguez has never fought below super flyweight, Inoue was a world champion at light flyweight, Rodriguez has fought at super bantamweight, Inoue hasn't, and in 2014, when they were both 21, Rodriguez was fighting 3 weight classes above Inoue. If Rodriguez is physically stronger, then the fight will be very interesting.

Both fighters have been 12 rounds 1-2 times, Rodriguez has just been 12 rounds twice in a row, Inoue has just won inside 1 round twice in a row, Inoue has not been past 6 rounds since September 2016. There is nothing like fighting experience, but Inoue has been 12 rounds, if he trains hard, gets good enough sparring, he should do the rounds fine, might struggle very slightly for pace, having not been a certain distance for certain amount of time, but that shouldn't be an issue for him, but, another aspect is the weight, Inoue has not done 1 full round at bantamweight, so we don't know exactly how well he'll fare as the rounds go on, carrying more muscle, and fighting a bigger opponent than he was when he did 8, 10, 12 rounds at super flyweight. Despite being the more experienced long distance fighter, and the much more experienced long distance fighter at 118, Rodriguez's stamina might be the more questionable, I thought he was well ahead against Moloney after 8 rounds, but he seemed to gas in the late rounds.

Rodriguez was exceptional against Butler, a prime Butler as well, dominated him, it was easy, based on that performance, I rated him as highly as I rated Inoue, but I thought Payano would go the distance with Inoue, I thought Rodriguez would stop Moloney, but obviously, with Inoue blasting out Payano in 1 round with that phenomenal 1, 2, and Rodriguez struggling against Moloney, it is very hard not to change your opinion if you agreed with me before the quarterfinals. Whether or not Rodriguez is as good as he seemed to be against Butler might depend on how good a fighter Moloney is, if Moloney is a very talented fighter, maybe even the best Australian fighter in the world, which he may or may not be, then Rodriguez struggling against him doesn't suggest this isn't potentially a very tough fight for Inoue.

I do think Rodriguez's opposition has been better than Inoue's in the last year, but I still think Inoue is better than Rodriguez, I think Rodriguez is the toughest opponent Inoue has fought so far in his career, but I still think Inoue will win this.

Rodriguez needs to gets Inoue's respect early, he can not let the less experienced bantamweight get into that rhythm, can't let him take control. Rodriguez should feint, early, try to judge that distance, be calm, controlled, work off the back foot, early, but he should not let his back touch the ropes, if he does that, and he is able to fire off some clean shots, briefly overwhelm Inoue, and then move back out out of range, give Inoue angles, frustrate him, then this will be a very interesting fight, and Rodriguez might have a decent chance, because as the rounds go on, Inoue will have to adapt to doing the rounds at this weight.

I don't know if Rodriguez can attack Inoue early, take the start from him, without opening himself up to the more hurtful punches, I think he can exchange with him early, make Inoue have to bite down a bit, but I don't think he can take control, I think if he lets the shots go early, he'll put himself in the firing line for Inoue's punches. Inoue can hurt Rodriguez, we know that, but we don't know exactly how Inoue takes it if he gets caught flush on the chin with Rodriguez's best shot.

Inoue might tire as the rounds go on, because he hasn't done the rounds at this weight before, but he probably won't tire more than Rodriguez, assuming Inoue can push him back and overpower him even with a very slight size disadvantage, attack head and body, make him work, hit him with energy sapping punches.

I think the fight will be very competitive early, for 4 rounds, it will be very close, Inoue might feel Rodriguez's power slightly, if he starts over confident, which he might do, as a fighter coming off two first round KOs, but Inoue will hurt Rodriguez early, and Rodriguez won't be able to take as many chances as Inoue as the fight gets to the mid rounds. I think Rodriguez might be slightly ahead after 4 rounds, but in rounds 5-7, Inoue will be doing damage, he will take over, beat it out of Rodriguez round after round, out fighting him on the inside.

Rodriguez will grit it out, might rally a bit and edge one of the rounds between round 5 and 10, but overall it will be Inoue's fight, Rodriguez's punches will lose method and power, he might be able to stop Inoue taking any rests he needs to take, but even then, he will be forcing out punches, working himself ragged trying to attack Inoue, and might not be able to stop Inoue working at a comfortable pace, Inoue will bully him, gradually break him down, and I think in round 11, Rodriguez will be running on empty and Inoue will have enough left in the tank, he'll drop him a couple of times, and unleash an onslaught of clean shots to head and body, Rodriguez will take a sustained beating, and the referee will stop it.

I think Inoue stops Rodriguez in 11 rounds.

petieroach's picture

What a true ‘Monster’. That body shot looked absolutely brutal

Champion97's picture

Phenomenal performance from Inoue! Inoue has the power, skill of a great fighter, but it's the timing which is what makes him such a great fighter, that counter left hook was perfectly timed, clean, Rodriguez didn't see it coming, and rather than getting reckless, swinging wildly, Inoue went to the body, did the damage needed for the stoppage, and once Rodriguez went down the second time, he was finished, shaking his head, he got up twice from body shots, and the referee gave him the benefit of the doubt, but he was done after Inoue went to the body.

I think Inoue is top 6, he still has a bit to prove, but he is a young fighter, seems to be improving with every fight.