WBC/WBO super bantamweight boxing world champion, Naoya Inoue has been training ahead of his title unification duel against IBF/WBA champion, Marlon Tapales. / Photo: Instagram @naoyainoue_410
YOKOHAMA – Four-division boxing world champion and WBC/WBO super bantamweight champion, Naoya Inoue aka Monster KO from Japan, has been training ahead of his title unification duel against IBF/WBA champion, Marlon Tapales. In this battle, Inoue attempted to make more history.
Even though the stage is targeted for mid to late December in Japan, the date for the Inoue vs Tapales fight has not yet been announced.
Naoya Inoue himself continues to train intensively. He also shared that moment on his personal social media account. In the photo he uploaded, Inoue shows his muscular body with his team members.
“One week of intensive training has ended. I had a good training session and am ready to appear in December,” wrote Inoue in the caption uploaded to the Instagram account @naoyainoue_410, quoted on Tuesday (3/10/2023).
This boxer with a record of 25-0 (22KO) has made history for Japan in two consecutive fights. He became the first undisputed champion from Japan and even Asia in the era of 4 boxing bodies.
(Photo: Instagram @naoyainoue_410)
He scored an 11th round knockout victory over Paul Butler in an undisputed bantamweight title unification match in December 2022. Then, last July, Inoue captured the WBC/WBO super bantamweight crown with an eighth round TKO victory over Stephen Fulton.
Apart from that, Inoue also became the first Japanese boxer to win world titles in two or more divisions in just 7 months. He also became the second Japanese male boxer to win at least one title in four divisions.