Inoue knocks out McDonnell to take WBA title

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

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.