The Japanese youngster, attempting to become a 2-weight world champion in just his 8th professional contest, spent the open training session training under the watchful eye of father-trainer Shingo Inoue. The session saw Naoya shadow boxing and hitting the mitts with his father as well as answering questions from the media.
The youngster was said to have looked much happier at this public training session than he had prior to his WBC Light Flyweight title defense against Samartlek Kokietgym. It seems that part of that has been the fact he has had to lose much less weight and is coming in at a more natural 115lbs. Although Inoue is moving up 2 weight classes for this bout it seems the youngster is confident of winning and has said he will be using his speed and youth to try and get in and out against Narvaez. Saying that however he did admit it would be a difficult fight.
Going into this fight Inoue hasn't fought a southpaw in the professional ranks before, and Narvaez is one the best in the lower weights. He has however had an intensive training camp which has seen him sparring more than 150 rounds with southpaws, including Malcolm Tunacao, and working on particular tactics to over-come Narvaez. Part of that gameplan has been focusing on body shots to land below the tight guard of the Argentinian veteran perhaps a hint from Nonito Donaire who visited Inoue in his training camp a few weeks ago.
A win here for Inoue would surely have him as the standout contender for the 2014 Fighter of the Year and his father would surely be in the running for Trainer of the Year.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)