Earlier today it was announced by Ohashi gym that Takuma Inoue (4-0, 1) would be returning to the ring on July 6th as he takes part in his first title bout. Takuma, the younger brother of the sensational Naoya Inoue, will be fighting against talented Filipino Mark Anthony Geraldo (31-5-3, 14) in a bout for the OPBF Super Flyweight title, which was recently vacated by Takuma's stablemate Ryo Matsumoto.
The talented Inoue, 19, made his debut in December 2013 and has already looked sensational as he's scored wins over the likes of Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, in what was his second pro bout, and former world title challenger Nestor Daniel Narvaez, in what was his fourth pro bout. This however will be the first time he's fought on a card that hasn't featured his brother, who isn't expected back in the ring until August, when he will hopefully be making the first defense of his WBO Super Flyweight title.
Talented, speedy and highly skilled Takuma has been very impressive so far and has been matched very hard. Saying that however he has made the tests he's faced look second rate whilst he's found a while that's best suited to his body. First he debuted at Light Flyweight though it seems his frame has quickly filled out to that of a strong looking Super Flyweight. It's fair to say he doesn't have Naoya's power but he is equally as skilled as his older brother.
As for Geraldo the Filipino 23 year old is a very young veteran who will be fighting for the 40th time as a professional. He is probably best known internationally for his narrow win over Efrain Perez in Macau, in a bout fought on a Zou Shiming, since then however he has been widely out pointed by unbeaten Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo, who defeated Geraldo last December. That loss to Arroyo ended a 9 fight winning streak from the Filipino who is a lovely fighter to watch with quick hands and lovely combinations, he does however have questionable power and is 2-2 away from the Philippines.
Geraldo debuted back in December 2007 and since then has mixed with a high level of competition. No only has he fought Arroyo but he has also fought the likes of Arthur Villanueva and Oleydong Sithsamerchai, losing decisions to both, whilst he has scored notable wins over Hirofumi Mukai and Jerwin Anacajas, actually stopping Mukai in his only bout in Japan.
The hope from the Ohashi gym is that if Takuma wins he'll move immediately on to a world title fight in his next bout, which could come on the same card as Naoya's return/
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