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Naoya Inoue vs. Paul Butler full results and highlights: Inoue TKO’s Butler to become undisputed champion

The Monster reigns.

Naoya Inoue defeating Paul Butler.
Photo by YUICHI YAMAZAKI/AFP via Getty Images

This week, ‘The Monster’ Naoya Inoue returns to action with hopes of becoming the undisputed bantamweight champion of the world. To do this he will need to beat Britain’s Paul Butler in front of a friendly crowd at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo.

The 29-year-old Inoue comes into this one with a 23-0 (20 KOs) record and a reputation as one of the hardest pound for pound punchers on the planet (especially when it comes to body shots). He will be defending his WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and The Ring titles.

Inoue’s last win was a sensational two round TKO of Nonito Donaire to add the WBC belt to his collection.

Butler will be defending his WBO title. He’s 34 with a record of 36-2 (15 KOs). He won his title last time out, with a unanimous decision win over Jonas Sultan. His last loss was in 2018, when he failed to beat Emmanual Rodriguez for the vacant IBF bantamweight title (which Rodriguez lost to Inoue a year later, via second round KO).

Full results:

Main Card (5 a.m. ET, ESPN+)

  • Undisputed bantamweight championship: Naoya Inoue TKO-11 Paul Butler
  • Andy Hiraoka TKO-8 Min Ho Jung
  • Yoshiki Takei TKO-11 Bruno Tarimo
  • Takuma Inoue TKO-8 Jake Bornea


Tickets at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan are available here.

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Inoue vs. Butler will air on ESPN+.

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Inoue vs Butler, Top Rank Boxing, ESPN+,
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WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and The Ring Title Holder, ‘NAOYA ‘The Monster’ INOUE (23-0, 20KOs) vs. WBO Champion, Paul Butler (34-2, 15KOs)’ on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13th, 2022 — Steam the event LIVE!

Don’t miss a single second of face-punching action! | Venue: Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan | US Broadcast: ESPN+ Japan: Amazon Prime — Stay tuned to for more details!

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