In the open session Inoue revealed that he was comfortable at the weight and that he was coming to win. He seemed calm through out and sparred for 3 rounds with Japan's #3 ranked Flyweight Tetsuma Hayashi (23-2-1, 7).
Although little training was really shown to the cameras it does seem like Inoue is ready for the toughest fight of his career and one he knows will make him a boxing legend in Japan if he wins. It's clearly a big ask for the youngster considering Hernandez's experience, power and skill but it's one that Inoue seems to have known was on the cards since his amateur days and as a result he's been preparing for this bout since it was announced but since he first began boxing.
On a linked note we've been informed that Naoya's younger brother Takuma Inoue is now a holder of a Japanese A License allowing him to fight in bouts longer than 8 rounds.
(Pictured is Naoya Inoue centre, flanked by his father and trainer Shingo on the right and Ohashi gym chairman Hieyuki Ohashi on the left; picture is Courtesy of boxingnews.jp)