After winning the WBSS Bantamweight final yesterday Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] attended a press conference earlier today to speak about the fight.
The press conference which had numerous TV cameras and reporters, was well attended given that Inoue had also spoken to the press yesterday, after his win against Nonito Donaire (40-6, 26).
Inoue, sporting a bandage over his right eye which was cut and required 5 stitches, summed up the injury by essentially stating that that was boxing, and things like that happen.
He told those who attended that “I am finally relieved that this tournament is over,” , and seemed to really appreciate the fact that it was Donaire he faced in the final explaining "If it was not Donaire, I think it couldn't have been a game that touched me so much.” He also hinted that he was looking forward to seeing Donaire again, and the respect they have shown each other through the tournament has certainly not been lost after their bout.
The unbeaten Japanese "Monster" revealed that he was inspired to get through the tough moments by thinking about his 2 year old son, and wanted to prove to his son that he was strong.
Speaking about the cut he suffered Inoue explained that he was forced to change tactics, “I was forced to change my strategy in an instant. I was disappointed because I couldn't get everything out. I wish I could continue the first move,”.
As revealed yesterday after the fight Inoue is set to fight in the US twice next year under the Top Rank banner, and made it clear that he wants to face WBC champion Nordine Oubaali (17-0, 12), though it does seem unlikely that that will be next for the two men, who both have mandatory defenses looming.
*Note - All quotes roughly translated from Japanese to English.
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On Thursday we'll see the long awaited WBSS Bantamweight final, as WBA "unified", IBF and Ring Magazine Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] clashes with Filipino icon, and current WBA "super" champion Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26). Not only are all their titles on the line, but so to is the WBSS' very own Muhammad Ali Trophy.
Today, ahead of their big bout on Thursday, the two fighters took part in a press conference, talking about the contest.
Donaire explained that he has had wonderful experience and that he's proud as a fighter and the glory from through his career. Though was hugely motivated for this bout, and had a special feeling about fighting Inoue.
When Inoue spoke he he mentioned how their was only 2 days until the final, and the journey there, explaining that he had longed to fight Donaire. He spoke about his pride of representing Japan in such a big tournament, and that he'd like to break through for Japanese boxing.
For fans wanting to watch this bout, it will be aired live on Fuji TV in Japan, as well as BS8K, which makes it the first ever bout to be shown live in 8K, and DAZN in the US. It will also be made available on tape delay in Japan on WOWOW on Saturday evening.
As well as the fighters there was also comments from promoter Kalle Sauerland. He spoke about the WBSS tournaments, and stated that this was to determined the strongest fighter in the Bantamweight division.
The judges for the bout will be from the USA, Panama and Italy, with the referee also being an American.
Related - The WBSS Final - Inoue Vs Donaire
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On Thursday we'll see unbeaten men clash at the Saitama Super Arena, as WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali (16-0, 12) takes on "interim" champion Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] in a mouth wateringly good match up.
Today the two men took part in a press conference, head of the fight, with both speaking about the contest.
Both spoke incredibly confidently ahead of the bout, with both seeming assured of victory.
Oubaali told the press that he will prove he is number 1 with the WBC, and stated that Takuma has never been in with someone like himself. He spoke about the quality at Bantamweight and sounded like he was incredibly self assured.
Inoue on the other hand stated that he has been training with a focus on southpaws, like Oubaali, and that he was confident that he had the tools to deal with Oubaali, and join his brother, Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥], as a world champion.
It's worth noting that the official for the bout were also confirmed, with the referee coming from Canada and the judges coming from Korea, Mexico and the US, whilst the supervisor for the bout is Spanish.
Related - Takuma Inoue goes up against Nordine Oubaali for WBC crown
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Back in September news broke that WBO Super Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (24-2, 14) [井岡一翔] would be returning to the ring on December 31st to defend his title in a mandatory defense against Puerto Rican Jeyvier Cintron (10-1-0-1, 5).
Today that bout was officially announced, with Ioka holding a press conference to confirm the details of the bout, and talk about the contest.
Although not every was confirmed, what was did match up with what we'd already reported.
The bout between the two will indeed take place on December 31st at Ota Ward Gymnasium and will be shown on TBS. That confirmed a previous reported. There was no under-card bouts announced, though a deal is said to have been getting finalised recently and will be announced in the near future. That is said to be a huge Flyweight bout and will feature one of the other fights associated with TBS, meaning.
Ioka seemed to suggest that fighting on New Year's Eve allowed him to end the year happy. To prepare for Cintron he would be participating in a US training came from end of October, with his wife and son accompanying him over to the US. He explained that having family around had a positive impact on him, and he might bring his son into the ring if he wins against Cintron
In regard to Cintron we saw Ioka admit that he had "only seen the footage of the fight with Eto" though admit that "he moves well" and had a "a high level of skill because of his time as an amateur".
Unlike last year, where TBS's scheduled time frame for Ioka's fight was known before the bout was announced, this year the bout has been announced before TBS have clarified their end of year activities. Whilst it's unclear what TBS will doing for their general end of year show, we're personally hoping for a return to KYOKUGEN as they were always wonderfully entertaining and fun.
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Earlier today Japanese boxing sensation Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] held a press conference at the Ohashi gym, whilst showing off his collection of world titles, including an IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO and Ring Magazine title.
Inoue, who is the first to win all 5 of those titles, spoke about accumulating the title collection, but stated that he wanted to capture the rest of the Bantamweight titles, other than the WBC title which his brother Takuma Inoue holds the interim version of.
From that comment it seems obvious he wants the WBO Bantamweight title, a belt that should have been on the line in the WBSS final were it not for a health issue with Zolani Tete who had to pull out at the semi-final stage.
On the subject of the WBSS Inoue spoke about his planned tournament final bout with Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26), speaking about how Donaire is the biggest he's faced, and how he has to be wary of Donaire's left hook. It seems he and his team are going to focus on learning Donaire's weaknesses and strengths, and as always come up with an effective game plan to not only neutralise Donaire's potent left hook, but to also take advantages of Donaire's flaws.
The event also saw a brief work out from Inoue, who hit the pads with his father, and from footage released he looked really sharp, as he always does, with his jab and straight being the focus of the work out.
Hideyuki Ohashi suggest that this is the start of the beginning, hinting as if their is big things planned for Inoue after the WBSS has concluded, though it's obviously annoying them that details regarding the date and venue of the final haven't yet been organised, and that they are hoping an announcement will be made soon.
Although the date is a mystery Inoue is planning a training camp for late July to prepare for the bout, which is expected to take place in September, October or November. It would appear that the "Monster" would prefer it sooner rather than later, but obviously it's down to the WBSS to scheduled their events. Sadly the WBSS events this time around have had massive scheduling issues throughout, and it's been a huge problem with the tournament, that will need rectifying before they plan season 3.
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