Inoue, who raced to a world title in just his 6th fight, was amongst those given the local honour which is given to those impress in either sports or art.
With around 300 people in attendance the young fighter has had much, much bigger audiences though maybe none who have been so intimate with friends, family and other locals from the area filling up the hall alongside the very happy looking local mascot.
Hideyuki Ohashi, the Ohashi Gym president, further played up the talent of the young Inoue suggesting that the 21 year old could end up not just being a star of Japanese boxing but one of the modern greats. He hinted that he believed Inoue could be a 4 weight world champion-something Japan has never had, a man who unifies all 4 world titles-again something Japan has never hard, and a man who could record 14 straight defences-break the long standing record of Yoko Gushiken who made 13 defences.
From what we understand Inoue's next fight will be a defence of his world title in September or August an it will share a card with the much anticipated bout between Roman Gonzalez and Akira Yaegashi. A specific date hasn't been set though we believe it will be televised on Fuji TV who have an exclusive contract to show Inoue's fights domestically.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)