Earlier today WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (14-0, 12) [井上 尚弥] took part in the "Athelete Dresser Award", put on by magazine "Athelete Safari", where Inoue was selected as one of the best dressed atheletes in Japan.
Whilst the event it's self isn't particularly news worthy for ourselves it is worth noting that at the event Inoue stated that he would be involved in the upcoming "Super Fly 2" card on February 24th, if he can over-come French challenger Yoan Boyeaux (41-4, 26) on December 30th.
The second Superfly card was officially announced yesterday by promoter Tom Loeffler and it's since been confirmed that that a unification bout between Inoue and WBA champion Kal Yafai (23-0, 14) had been proposed for the show. The bout has been turned down however by Yafai and his team, something that Yafai's promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed.
Hearn stated the fight was turned down due to the contract that was offered to face the "Monster", though it does seem disappointing that we're missing out on having a unification bout between the two unbeaten champions, with the winner almost certainly opening doors for bigger money fights down the line.
Details about other bouts on the Superfly 2 card are expected to be released in the coming weeks, with the only bout officially announced for the card being the WBC world title bout between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (43-4-1, 39) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] against mandatory challenger Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25), which was all but confirmed weeks ago. We've seen not only Inoue and Yafai linked to the card but also IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas (27-1-1, 18) and hopefully the pieces will fall in place for an Inoue Vs Ancajas bout, given that Yafai was unwilling to face Inoue.
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