To prepare for his upcoming WBSS semi final bout at Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] has taken part in a training camp in Guam, that ended today.
The WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion, who will face IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12) in May in Scotland, was in Guam for a few days, and returned to Japan, landing at Narita Airport before talking to the press.
Inoue's training in Guam was no joke and he was doing a lot of intensive stamina work, running significant amounts, apparently the most he's ran before. Not only was he running, around 20KM a day, but he did so with a low oxygen mask and ran with a 1KG dumbbell at times, to further intensify the work. Some of that running was done on the soft sand of Guam's beaches, to make the running even more difficult, and to try and prevent injury, with the fighter revealing that he was doing 8.5KM on the beaches in every day and 12KM on grass.
Back in Japan the plan is to begin serious sparring from early March before ramping up the training in a second training camp at some point in April in Japan, likely in Atami where the Inoue clan have trained before.
It should be noted that whilst there was a lot of running, the camp did have some fun, and Inoue, his father Shingo and his brother Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] did go on a bit of a shopping spree at a designer outlet before returning to Japan.
Earlier today we reported that Naoya Inoue (17-0, 15) [井上 尚弥] had won a couple of awards at the Japanese Boxing Award, taking the MVP and KO awards. It was however a bit of a family affair for the Inoue's with Naoya being just 1 of the 3 award winning men in his family.
Younger brother Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] was one of the many fighters awarded the outstanding fighter award, given to fighters who held a world title during the year also including Naoya, whilst their father, Shingo Inoue [井上真吾] took the Trainer of the year award.
The Inoue's dominance of the Award Ceremony was hard to ignore and it does seem like we're going to see a lot more of the trio in future award ceremony's possibly with Koki Inoue (12-0, 10) [浩樹井上] being involved in the awards next year as well.
At the end of 2018 we saw Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] being crowned as the WBC "interim" Bantamweight champion, following his win over Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-1, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท]. Since then Frenchman Nordine Oubaali (15-0, 11) has claimed the WBC regular title , and the two are going to be unifying the WBC crown later this year.
Today Inoue resumed full scale training for that bout, which is being planned for Spring.
Among the training that Inoue did today was sparring with stablemate Kazuki Nakajima (6-0, 5) [中嶋一輝], who like Oubaali, is a southpaw.
Not only was Inoue back in the gym today but also spoke to the press, and told reporters that he's back to normal now, and and that he is hitting the bag with full power, showing he has no worries about the state of his right hand, which had required an operation in 2016.
Takuma's father, Shingo Inoue, seems to be aware of what Oubaali is bringing, and that Inoue will need to improve overall to defeat the unbeaten Frenchman.
(Image courtesy of Nikkan Sports)
On December 30th fight fans got their year ending Fuji TV show, a show that was dubbed the "Triple", yet only actually showed 2 of the 3 world title bouts that took place.
The broadcast saw a WBC "interim" Bantamweight champion being crowned, as Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] out pointed Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-1, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] and also saw WBO Super Featherweight champion Masayuki Ito (25-1-1, 13) [伊藤 雅雪] successfully defending his title against Evgeny Chuprakov (20-1, 10).
Today we saw various sources reporting the basic TV rating of the broadcast, which hit 6.3% in Kanto and 8.8% in Kansai.
To put that into raw numbers the show got around around 4,730,000.
Sadly we've not been given the information as to whether that was an average or a peak.
Given that the show didn't have a recognised star, for example Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥], it's hard to know how Fuji will feel about those numbers. To put the numbers into some perspective Naoya Inoue's bout with Juan Carlos Payano averaged 8.4% of the Kanto region and peaked at an impressive 12.6% in the region.
On Sunday we saw Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] become the WBC "interim" Bantamweight champion, as he took a 12 round decision win over Thailand's Petch Sor Chitpattana (48-1, 33) [เพชร ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท].
Late on New Year's eve Takuma held his first press conference as a champion, and revealed that he was wanting to become the regular champion as soon as possible, making it clear he wanted to face the winner of the upcoming bout between Rau'shee Warren (16-2-0-1, 4) and Nordine Oubaali (14-0, 11), who fight on January 19th.
Inoue, who sported a bandage around his right hand at the press conference, stated he had not broken any bones in his hand, but it was clearly not 100% fine. However promoter Hideuyuki Ohashi stated that the unification of interim and "regular" champions could take place as early as April or May, suggesting the hand damage wasn't significant.
Inoue's trainer, and father, Shingo Inoue stated that whilst the result was good there was improvements to be made, and it seems likely that fighter and father will be working on lkittle things to hekp against either Warren or Oubaali latter in the year.
(Image courtesy of Boxingnews.jp)
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