On November 7th we get one of the biggest fights in Japanese boxing history, as the world turns it's attention to the Saitama Super Arena to see Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] take on Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26) in the WBSS Bantamweight final. The bout will see the two men look to unify the WBA and IBF titles as well as claim the Muhammad Ali trophy.
Today Inoue took part in a media work out for the press in Japan and, unsurprisingly, he impressed those who attended the work out.
As part of the work out the "Monster" sparred with Ohashi gym stablemate Sho Nakazawa (12-4, 6) [中澤奨], and really seemed to give Nakazawa fits due to his defense. Nakazawa struggled to land anything clean on Inoue who's defense was described in the Japanese as being like an "Iron wall" after the session. As well as being defensively impressive he also showed off his offense and and turned the tables on Nakazawa, who seemed worn out after 3 rounds, but was also impressed by Inoue's often under-rated defense.
The Japanese star also spoke about the ticket sales for the bout, and he seemed genuinely surprised by how quickly had been sold for the bout, given it's on a Thursday. The main ticket places had sold out a few days ago, before extra tickets were made available, and with 2 months to go until the fight it seems obvious they could have opened up a lot more of the venue than the set up they are planning to use.
The training for Inoue is set to take a big step up next week, as he begins fully fledged training, and he's planning to bring in sparring from the US, including a 2020 Olympic hopeful. A running camp is also planned for later in the month as well.
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On November 7th we'll see Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] challenge WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali (16-0, 12) at the Saitama Super Arena. Today the media in Japan were able to see Inoue take part in a media work out, showing how he's preparing for Oubaali.
At thew work out the 23 year old Inoue, the younger brother of the sensation Naoya Inoue, spent 4 rounds sparring stable mate Katsuya Yasuda (4-0, 2) [保田克也], who like Oubaali is a southpaw. Inoue showed a smart boxing IQ to control the range against Yasuda, and also showed incredible quickness and sharpness to his work. He then went on to work the mitts and body bag with one of the Ohashi Gym trainers.
It appears that much of the focus for his training her has been on southpaw counter measures, and he seemed to be feeling like he's getting more comfortable with lefty's, though the plan is clearly to bring in more southpaw partners as we get closer to the fight. As well as working on coping with southpaws he's also been working on his speed.
The plan is for Takuma, along with Naoya, to do a running camp later this month, though he admitted that he would need to be careful after having injured his foot in the past.
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