Earlier today Japanese Light Welterweight champion Koki Inoue (14-0, 11) [浩樹井上], along with promoter Hideyuki Ohashi, held a press conference to announce Inoue's next contest, which will take place in December.
The unbeaten Koki Inoue, the cousin of Naoya and Takuma, revealed that his next bout will take on December 2nd and will see Inoue battle for the WBO Asia Pacific title. In the opposite corner to the eldest of the Inoue fighting clan will be hard hitting Filipino Jheritz Chavez (9-3-2, 7), at Korakuen Hall.
The bout will see Inoue looking to add the WBO Asia Pacific title to the Japanese belt he claimed earlier this year, when he beat Valentine Hosokawa, and the plan is to use the WBO regional title to crack into the world rankings. The longer term plan is to then move towards a world title fight at the end of 2020.
As for Chavez this will be his third bout in Japan. His first came in 2017, when he lost to Hiroki Okada, and then he returned to Japan and came up just short against OPBF champion Rikki Naito, in an incredibly close bout that saw him twice dropping Naito.
At the moment no under-card bouts have been confirmed for this card, but it's expected to feature at least 1 other notable name from the Ohashi gym in what is likely to be the final Ohashi card of 2019.
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