There are strong rumours coming from Japan that Naoya Inoue (5-0, 4) will be looking to vacate his newly won OPBF Light Flyweight title and instead go on the hunt for a world title.
The talented "Monster" is said to be eying up the WBA title in particular, a belt currently held by Kazuto Ioka. If Inoue does manage to fight for, and win a world title in his next bout then he would break the national record for few professional fights to claim a world title.
Although Inoue has just 30 professional rounds under his belt there is no doubting his talent, speed or power. Yes he's inexperienced however it's hard to get him true developmental fights due to just how advanced he is at this point in his career.
With in 5 fights he has already claimed the Japanese and OPBF titles, he has also moved into WBA (#5), WBC (#9) and WBO (#15) world rankings as well as the independent rankings of Fightnews (#7), Boxrec (#7), Ring Magazine (#9) and IBO (#12).
Whilst a fight with Ioka does seem unlikely due to politics, the two men are aligned with different TV networks, a world title fight next time out doesn't seem an impossibility. Inoue could well look to claim the WBC title from Mexico's Adrian Hernandez in a fight we'd give Inoue a very good chance at winning.
We'll admit it, we're looking forward to see Inoue fight for a world title very soon. Although the Ioka fight would be a huge fight in Japan any world title fight at this stage would be special and show just has strong the belief is that Inoue is a once in a life time fighter.
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