After winning the WBSS Bantamweight final yesterday Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] attended a press conference earlier today to speak about the fight.
The press conference which had numerous TV cameras and reporters, was well attended given that Inoue had also spoken to the press yesterday, after his win against Nonito Donaire (40-6, 26).
Inoue, sporting a bandage over his right eye which was cut and required 5 stitches, summed up the injury by essentially stating that that was boxing, and things like that happen.
He told those who attended that “I am finally relieved that this tournament is over,” , and seemed to really appreciate the fact that it was Donaire he faced in the final explaining "If it was not Donaire, I think it couldn't have been a game that touched me so much.” He also hinted that he was looking forward to seeing Donaire again, and the respect they have shown each other through the tournament has certainly not been lost after their bout.
The unbeaten Japanese "Monster" revealed that he was inspired to get through the tough moments by thinking about his 2 year old son, and wanted to prove to his son that he was strong.
Speaking about the cut he suffered Inoue explained that he was forced to change tactics, “I was forced to change my strategy in an instant. I was disappointed because I couldn't get everything out. I wish I could continue the first move,”.
As revealed yesterday after the fight Inoue is set to fight in the US twice next year under the Top Rank banner, and made it clear that he wants to face WBC champion Nordine Oubaali (17-0, 12), though it does seem unlikely that that will be next for the two men, who both have mandatory defenses looming.
*Note - All quotes roughly translated from Japanese to English.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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