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WBSS Semi-Final spectacular - Inoue vs Rodriguez heads to Glasgow

Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue faces Emmanuel Rodriguez on May 18 for the Puerto Rican’s IBF strap in their 118lb Ali Trophy semi-final.

The SSE Hydro will be rocking as the IBF bantamweight title bout takes place the same night as Scotland’s Josh Taylor takes on Belarus’ IBF World champion Ivan Baranchyk in a semi-final of the 168lb division of the World Boxing Super Series.

Naoya Inoue Knocks Out Juan Carlos Payano in the First Round

In the first round of the Bantamweight (118) portion of the World Boxing Super Series tournament, Japan’s Naoya “Monster” Inoue (17-0, 15 KOs) proved to establish himself as the tournament favorite scoring an emphatic first-round knockout over former WBA bantamweight champion, Juan Carlos Payano (20-2, 9 KOs). The fight took place in Inoue’s native Japan at the Yokohama Arena.

FRIDAY: Naoya "Monster" Inoue and Ken Shiro Title Defenses to be Broadcast in the U.S. LIVE and Exclusively on ESPN+

The “Monster” will wake up American fight fans on Friday morning.

From the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, two-weight world champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue will move up in weight to face WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell, and WBC light flyweight champion Ken Shiro will make the third defense of his belt in a rematch against Ganigan Lopez. This world championship doubleheader, promoted by Ohashi Promotions and Teiken Promotions, will be broadcast live and exclusively in the United States at 7:15 a.m. ET on ESPN+