Yesterday we reported that WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (14-0, 12) [井上 尚弥] would be returning to action on December 30th to defend his title against Frenchman Yoan Boyeaux (41-4, 26).
It was a bout that certainly didn't set pulses racing, and seemed more like a stay busy defense for the Japanese world champion than the much hoped for big year end blow out.
It has since been revealed that Inoue hasn't ruld out an appearance on the February 24th show "Superfly 2". His team state that he originally wasn't asked, but is looking to feature on the card now, and is hoping to secure a bout with IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas (27-1-1, 18), who will fight this weekend in his third defense of the title.
Inoue stated that he would have to be careful against Boyeaux and avoid injuries and cuts, but if he can unify, as hoped, he can then move up to Bantamweight having fulfilled one of his hopes at Super Flyweight.
Sadly if Inoue does move up after a win over Ancajas, as speculated here, it would mean that a potential bout against the winner of the "Superfly 2" main event wouldn't take place. It'd be a shame as that main event pits WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (43-4-1, 39) [ศรีสะเกษ นครหลวงโปรโมชั่น] against mandatory challenger Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25), with Inoue against either of those being a huge bout that would bring a lot of international attnetion to the Japanese sensation.
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