Earlier today Japanese fans in Tokyo had the chance to see the pro-test bout of the very promising Hiroki Inoue (0-0). The youngster, who is set to make his debut on December 29th, showed off his shadow boxing before partaking in a 3 round public test bout with Kentaro Endo (4-6, 3), that spar had to be ended early with the referee seeing enough and seeing Endo take a hammering.
Hiroki, the cousin of 2-weight world champion Naoya Inoue and OPBF title holder Takuma Inoue, is trained by the excellent Shingo Inoue and it's thought that he will be fast tracked through the domestic rankings. Given today's showing it seems clear that that fast tracking process really could take place next year.
Of 33 fighters taking part in their pro-tests today Inoue was the only one who was going for a B license, a license he is now expected to be given in the very near future. Though of course given his strong amateur pedigree, including 5 national titles and 112 wins, from 130 bouts, it was a given that he was going to shine here.
Whilst he has been penciled for the Ohashi show on December 29th we haven't yet heard who he will be expected to be facing, though it seems plausible that he could be against a Japanese ranked fighter, or a fighter with some genuine experience. Given that Naoya debuted against the then OPBF ranked Crison Omayao and Takuma debuted against the then Japanese ranked Tatsuya Fukuhara, we'd be very surprised to see anything other than a notable opponent for the talented youngster.
(Image courtesy of Nikkan Sports)
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