Earlier this month we saw WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (14-0, 12) [井上 尚弥] make his US debut, and record his 6th defense of the title. Earlier today Naoya, along with younger brother Takuma Inoue (9-0, 2) [井上 拓真], took part n a special event event with local dignitaries in Kanagawa.
The champion spoke about his future plans, and once again it was clear that he was wanting to pursue a unification bout with IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas (28-1-1, 18), with Ancajas being the only other champion without a mandatory on the horizon. Although Ancajas is currently free, it does seem like time is ticking on that possible bout, with Ancajas now looking to make a a defense of his title in November, potentially against his top contender.
If Naoya Inoue can't secure a unification then the plan seems to be to defend his title in December, and then look to move forward from there. Either staying at 115lbs, if his body feels comfortable, where he could defend his belt or again hunt unification, or move up to Bantamweight in pursuit of a third world title.
Interestingly Inoue's plan for Bantamweight seems to be chasing WBC champion Luis Nery (24-0, 18), who of course dethroned Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19) [山中慎介] earlier this year. If that bout could be done it would be huge news in the lower weights.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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