This coming weekend WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (13-0, 11) [井上 尚弥] will make his US debut, as he defends his world title against the once beaten American challenger Antonio Nieves (17-1-2, 9). Today he set off for the fight, leaving Japan from Narita airport.
Before leaving for the US Inoue spoke to the media, talking about his weight and why he's not worried about fighting on foreign soil.
The fighter stated that he was around 119lbs today, just 4lbs over the divisional limit. Usuaully he's heavier than this ahead of a fight but has deliberately lost more weight before leaving for the US due to worries about losing weight in the US, where he seems to feel sweating out the excess weight will be more difficult.
Although it's his US debut, and his first bout as a professional outside of Japan, he spoke about his amateur days, where he foiught in several different countries including Kazakhstan.
Notably Inoue and his team, his father/trainer Shingo Inoue and his manager/promoter Hideyuki Ohashi, won't be staying in a typical hotel room but have instead chosen to stay in a Condo, where they believe they will be getting more flexibility when it comes to meals. It's a peculiar decision but looks to be something they have though long and hard about.
After leaving Inoue revealed, via his twitter account, that he had actually forgot to take his belt with him, and at the moment it's unclear whether it will be air mailed over or whether a member of his team, such as younger brother Takuma Inoue, will take it over ahead of fight night.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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