Yesterday saw the start of a new training camp for the Inoue Clan, who are currently in Atami City as they prepare for their next bouts.
The camp, which features world champion Naoya Inoue (15-0, 13) [井上 尚弥], the world ranked Takuma Inoue (10-0, 2) [井上 拓真] and the exciting Koki Inoue (10-0, 9) [浩樹井上], has seen the fighters working out hard on the beaches as they all prepare for their ring returns, with none of the men in action since the end of 2017.
So far the speculation is that Naoya will be facing off with Englishman Jamie McDonnell (29-2-1, 13) for the WBA "regular" Bantamweight title in May. Although no stories have yet broke about either Takuma or Koki both would likely be on the same card in supporting bouts,as both look to get bigger and better fights.
At the camp Naoya did speak to the press about the potential bout with McDonnell and seems really eager for the negotiations to be complete, and is considering what sparring partners and gameplan he would have to use to over-come the tall and busy Englishman.
Announcements for all 3 man are expected after the camp finishes.
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Today fight fans around the globe will be tuned into a Japanese card taking place in Yokohama, where fans will get the chance to see two world title bouts. Sadly the broadcast is only set for 2 hours and will miss out on a lot of the under-card action. That means fans outside of those in the arena will be unable to watch two very notable match ups.
Those bouts in question are the first OPBF Featherweight title defense by Satoshi Shimizu (4-0, 4) [清水 聡], who will be taking on Filipino challenger Eduardo Mancito (15-7-2, 9). Some fans were puzzled by this bout not being on terrestrial TV, given the huge push that Fuji appear to be giving Shimizu, but given the limited time slot of the show this was understandable. The other bout of note was an all Japanese bout between former 2-time Japanese Bantamweight champion Kentaro Masuda (27-8, 15) [益田 健太郎] and the unbeaten Takuma Inoue (9-0, 2) [井上 拓真], with Inoue being lined up for world title fights in 2018.
It turns out that both those bouts will be televised on BS Fuji on January 6th of December, albeit in a potentially editted format, as part of "Fuji Boxing 2017 - Another Edition", which is set to be televised from 23:00 to 23:45.
Unfortunately the bout between Koki Inoue (9-0, 8) [浩樹井上] and Dong Hee Kim (8-1-2, 3) isn't listed as being included on the broadcast.
Shimizu takes on Mancito in first OPBF title defense
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Tomorrow fight fans in Yokohama will get the chance to see a pretty stacked card, with a couple of world title fights and an OPBF title fight. That same card will also feature a rather strong under-card, including a bout between the all action Koki Inoue (9-0, 8) [浩樹井上] and Korean (KBF) Light Welterweight champion Dong Hee Kim (8-1-2, 3).
Today those two men took part in their weigh in for their bout and both men came in on, or under, the contracted 140lbs.
The unbeaten Japanese puncher looked in amazing shape whilst coming in bang on the 140lb limit. He looked like a fully fledged Light Welterweight and it's clear that in 2018 he will have his eyes on titles, though of course will need to come through here.
The visitor, who is actually risking his OPBF ranking, came in well was way under the limit, coming in at around 137.3lbs. He looked, like many Koreans, very lean and like he could have done with packing on a few more pounds.
Although it's unclear if, or when, this bout will be shown on TV there is hope it will be shown uin the new year on a tape delay broadcast.
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Earlier today Japanese fight fans saw the fast rising Koki Inoue (9-0, 8) [浩樹井上] score his biggest win to date, as he scored a 2nd round TKO win over domestic ranked foe Cristiano Aoqui (11-7-2, 7) [青木クリスチャーノ]. Sadly whilst the result looks great on paper for Inoue the win did come with a lot of disappointment for the Light Welterweight hopeful.
The bout started excitingly and Inoue showed the class which is expected to take him far, as he neutralised Aoqui and landed some eye catching counters in an engaging and fun opening round.
Sadly at the start of round 2 Aoqui was unable to get off his stool in a manner fit to fight, with an apparent back injury that forced his team to pull him from the contest and assist him back to the changing room.
The Brazilian-Japanese fighter later revealed that it was an injury from twisting that caused him to pull out of the back, in genuine agony. As for Inoue the bout sees him take a step closer to a Japanese title fight, and he made it very clear that that was what he wanted, whether he was getting a shot next, or had to earn the shot, though he did also admit that he was disppointed with today's bout.
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Tomorrow Japanese fight fans get an interesting show thanks to the Ohashi gym who are looking to show case a number of their hopefuls. Among those hopefuls is the all-action Koki Inoue (8-0, 7) [浩樹井上], who looks to extend his unbeaten record and move closer to a Japanese title fight as he takes on domestic foe Cristiano Aoqui (11-6-2, 7) [青木クリスチャーノ], in what is essentially a Japanese title eliminator.
Today Inoue, the cousin of world champion Naoya Inoue, and Aoqui took part in their weigh in and both fighters came in under the 140lb limit.
Inoue was the heavier man, coming in around 139.75lbs and he looked in fantastic shape, as he has through his career. He knows this is a huge chance for him to prove himself, and it's clear that he'll be looking for a stoppage, but believes in his stamina enough to go the distance if he has to.
Aoqui, a former Japanese title challenger, was well under the limit at 137.5lbs, and looked like a fighter who had come in a little bit too much on the light side. The Japanese-Brazilian has lost his last two bouts, including a Japanese title fight against Hiroki Okada, and it looks like those two set backs have lead to him getting into great shape, and coming in at his lowest weight in almost 4 years.
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