Naoya Inoue Fights Friday – This Friday, December 30th sees the New Year’s Eve weekend festivities kick-off in the Land of the Rising Sun as WBO world 115-pound champion Naoya Inoue takes to the ring to defend his title against fellow countryman Kohei Kono. It is the first of seven title fights scheduled for this weekend in Japan, and perhaps because of the presence of the young phenom Inoue, it may be the most watched fight of the weekend,
Inoue became a world champion at 108 pounds back in April of 2014 when he defeated Adrian Hernandez for the WBC belt in just his sixth professional fight. He successfully defended the title before moving up to the super flyweight class, where he knocked out well respected champion Omar Andres Narvaez of Argentina for the WBO belt that he now holds. Inoue has defended the belt successfully three times already and this defense against Kono will mark Inoue’s third fight of 2016.
As for Kono, the 36-year-old veteran former world champion is walking into this fight a major underdog. In October of 2015, Kono faced the 33-1 Koki Kameda as a major underdog for the WBA version of the super flyweight title and he walked out with a unanimous decision victory and the belt. Kono is hoping that he can catch lightning in a bottle a second time, but this fight is generally being viewed as a showcase for Inoue before he moves on to bigger and better things.
Naoya Inoue Fights Friday
In this latest TBC report we are joined by our veteran analyst Frank Lotierzo to talk about the upcoming match-up for Naoya Inoue as well as to look at what may lie ahead for the 23-year-old WBO World super flyweight champion. Take a listen to what Frank has to say, right here at TBC.
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