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Inoue knocks out McDonnell for WBA title

TOKYO (AP) Naoya Inoue of Japan defeated Britain's Jamie McDonnell with a first-round knockout on Friday to capture the WBA bantamweight title.

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Inoue sent the champion to the canvas with a left hook in the second minute. The 32-year-old McDonnell got to his feet but the referee waved the fight off following a flurry of punches by Inoue.

It was McDonnell's first defeat in 10 years.

With the victory, Inoue improved to 16-0 with 14 KOs while McDonnell's record fell to 29-3 with one draw.

Inoue claimed a world title at light-flyweight and moved up to super-flyweight two fights later to pick up another title which he defended six times.

Also, Kenshiro Teraji of Japan defended his WBC light-flyweight crown with a second-round knockout of Mexico's Ganigan Lopez.

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