At the event Inoue, the WBO Super Flyweight champion, gave a small speech in English as he thanked the WBO for the opportunity that they gave him last year, when he smashed Omar Andres Narvaez last year.
Along with Inoue was mentor, and former world champion, Hideyuki Ohashi. It's under Ohashi's guidance that Inoue has become a star and it's likely that Ohashi will continue to help develop Inoue as a sensation. If the success of Ohashi and Inoue continues then we're likely to be looking at a 2016 or 2017 super-fight between the "Monster" and Nicaraguan sensation Roman Gonzalez, a bout that seems to be on the lips of every hardcore fight fan.
The appearance or Inoue at the WBO event is thought to have helped sell the youngster to the US and to have allowed him to get some familiarity with the US and the jetlag of the country.
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(Image courtesy of the WBO)