We were informed earlier today that Naoya Inoue (5-0, 4) has had his WBC Light Flyweight title bout with Mexico's Adrian Hernandez (29-2-1, 18) moved to the main event of the up coming "Ring of Diamonds" show.
Originally this bout, despite the huge interest, was set to be the chief support bout to Akira Yaegashi's (19-3, 9) WBC Flyweight defense against Odilon Zaleta (15-3, 8). Though an announcement made earlier this week has apparently seen the two world title fights switch billing on the card.
That means that running order will be:
Takuma Inoue v Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr
Ryo Matsumoto v Hiroyuki Hisataka
Satoshi Hosono v Yuki Ogata
Roman Gonzalez v Juan Purisma
Akira Yaegashi v Odilon Zaleta
Naoya Inoue v Adrian Hernandez
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
When "Ring of Diamond's" was announced we all knew Takuma Inoue (1-0), the younger brother of Naoya Inoue, was going to be fighting a world ranked opponent. What we didn't know at the time was who that world ranked foe would be. We had expected a fringe world ranked foe, one of those fighters who is ranked on the basis either a long unbeaten record against nobodies or a big win a few years ago.
We had expected someone like Edwin Diaz (16-18, 5) who is ranked #12 by the WBC or someone of that ilk.
What we hadn't expected is that Inoue would be going in against a genuinely respected opponent who is ranked by all 4 of the title organisations and who scored a major win just a few months ago. It's not someone like Diaz that will be fighting Inoue, instead it will be Thailand's Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (23-2, 15).
If you recognise the name that'll be because Fahlan stopped former WBA Minimumweight champion Ryo Miyazaki on New Years Eve in a stunning upset, one of the biggest upsets of the year.
Prior to the "big win" Fahlan was already holding a world ranking, after the win however he was holding several and is currently world ranked in the top 10 by all 4 oraganisations. His best ranking is at #4 by the WBA though he also holds an IBF #5 ranking, a #6 ranking with the WBC and a #8 ranking with the WBO. To say he's highly ranked is to merely state the obvious.
This is a huge test for the younger of the two Inoue brothers and although he has suggested that he wants a national title fight if he wins there may be serious thought put towards letting him fight for the a WBA title. A win over the #4 ranked fighter should guarantee him a very credible ranking and with both the WBA Minimumweight and WBA Light Flyweight titles currently sitting vacant the thought of skipping the national title to set a new national record must cross the teams mind.
The bout, scheduled for 8 rounds, will take place on April 6th at the Ota-City Central Gymnasium. The card also include Naoya Inoue fighting for a world title, Akira Yaegashi defending his world title, the return to action of Ryo Matsumoto, a Japanese title fight and Roman Gonzalez. It really is one of those cards that every boxing fan should be taking note of and calling for similar shows to take place around the world.
(Photo courtesy of http://boxingnews.jp shows Inoue, left, and Akira Yaegashi, right after a public sparring session)
Last weekend saw Top Rank travel to Macau for the brilliant "Ring of Gold" card. It seems that the name has struck accord with Japanese promoter Hideyuki Ohashi who has announced that the name of his upcoming show on April 6th will be "Ring of Diamonds".
Whilst Ring of Gold got it's name from the fact that it had a trio of Olympic gold medal winners it seems that Ring of Diamonds has gotten it's name from the boxing diamonds on show on the card. This includes Japan's fast rising Naoya Inoue, Naoya's younger brother Takuma Inoue, the young Ryo Matsumoto and the exceptionally talented Roman Gonzalez.
As well as the unbeaten diamonds the show the show is also set to feature current WBC Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi and former 3-time title challenger Satoshi Hosono who will be attempting to claim the Japanese Featherweight title.
Whilst opponents for bother Gonzalez and Takuma Inoue have yet to be named we're expecting both to face very suitable foes with Takuma apparently requesting a world ranked opponent and Gonzalez wanting to make an impression before a proposed super fight with Yaegashi later in the year.
The show, which will be shown on Fuji TV, genuinely looks like great one and it'll little wonder why Ohashi went with the name in question, even if it does feel like a rip off of Arum's recent show.
(Picture courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
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