Boxing brothers are nothing new through out the boxing world but there does seem to be something about. Be it the Galaxy brothers, the Kameda's, the Klitschko's, the Marquez's or the Curry's, they all seem to have make us take note that little more than we would if the family just had 1 fighter.
The next pairing of super brothers appear to be the Inoue's who were both victorious earlier today.
The first of the Inoue's in action was the debuting Takuma Inoue (1-0) who made a successful start to his professional career by out pointing the nationally ranked Tatsuya Fukuhara (12-4-3, 3). Takuma Inoue dropped just a sole round as he took a unanimous decision with scores of 59-55, 59-55 and 59-56.
Of course when we talk about the Inoue brother's the one that has everyone excited is Naoya Inoue (5-0, 4). Naoya, fighting for just the 5th time as a professional made light work of Filipino Jerson Mancio (18-4-3, 9) stopping him in round 5. This victory sees Inoue claiming the OPBF Light Flyweight title, which was previously vacant, and taking one more step towards a world title.
Although Mancio is now 0-3 in Japan it's worth noting that Inoue took just 1 round more to stop him than Ryo Miyazaki. Just 3 fights after Miyazaki beat Mancio, Miyazaki himself became a world champion.
On the same card Ryosuke Iwasa stopped Hiroki Shiino for OPBF Bantamweight title.
It can often be hyperbole to talk about a show being a "super show" but December 6th gives us a genuine "super show" as some if Japan's most promising fighters are in action as well as a one of the countries genuine stand out world champions.
We'll start with the world championship bout which will see WBC Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (18-3, 9) defending his belt for the second time as he fights against mandatory challenger Edgar Sosa (49-7, 29) of Mexico. Sosa, a former Light Flyweight champion is a well deserving challenger and should make for a very interesting contest with Yaegashi, then again every good fighter should make for a fun fight with Yaegashi.
The world title bout is one of three title bouts on the show with the other two being OPBF title bouts. The most notable of these will see the fast rising Naoya Inoue (4-0, 3) taking on Filipino Jerson Mancio (18-3-3, 9) for the vacant Light Flyweight title this will be Inoue's first attempt to claim an OPBF title whilst Mancio has come up short in the past, losing by 4th round KO to Ryo Miyazaki. If Inoue wins this bout he'll have unified the Japanese and OPBF titles and his sights will firmly be on a world title next.
The second OPBF title bout will see the hard hitting Hiroki Shiino (10-2, 9) attempting to defend his Bantamweight title for the first time as he takes on the world ranked Ryosuke Iwasa (15-1, 9). Whilst we expect Inoue to easily beat Mancio, we do need to admit that this is a much more even contest and the winner will almost certainly move on to a world title fight in the next 12-24 months.
It that trio of bouts wasn't enough to whet the appetite then it's worth noting that Olympic Gold medal winner Ryota Murata (1-0, 1) will return to the ring for his second professional contest. Murata, seen as one of the most promising fighters in world boxing, will fight once beaten American Dave Peterson (13-1, 8). This is admittedly a let down, though if Murata stays active then there is no major issue with a bout like this.
We also expect one more bout on the card as Takuma Inoue (0-0), the younger brother of Naoya Inoue, makes his professional debut. Whilst the younger Inoue's opponent has yet to be named there is a sense of expectation surrounding him and his potential, with his aim apparently being to take a Japanese national title in just his third professional contest.
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