Originally we had heard Naoya was going to vacate. We had heard that he's struggling to make the 108lb Light Flyweight limit. We had heard that Hideyuki Ohashi was wanting to move him from 108lbs to 115lbs though it sounds like Inoue has got some plans of his own and rather than leaping up 2 divisions he first wants to defend his WBC world title.
No opponents have been even rumoured so far but it would seem likely that Inoue would either have to make the defence somewhat soon as a voluntary or the WBC will rule that he needs to face the winner of the upcoming eliminator between Mexican pair Pedro Guevara and Ganigan Lopez.
It sounds like Inoue himself wants to make that defence, despite the weight struggles, in an attempt to solidify his reign before moving up to Flyweight later this year.
There is talk from Japan that Inoue may target Kazuto Ioka at Flyweight but we tend to believe that Ioka's stay at 112lbs will be very short. What we believe is more likely is that Inoue will attempt to claim the IBF title after Ioka vacates and both will meet, one day, at Super Flyweight.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym and shows Inoue resuming gym work along with Akira Yaegashi)