Over the past few days we've heard more and more information about Naoya Inoue's (6-0, 5) sparring as he begins preparation for the first defence of his WBC Light Flyweight title.
From what we understand Inoue has sparred with Katsunari Takayama (27-6-0-1, 10) recently whilst yesterday, July 9th, he was in the ring with Tetsuma Hayashi (24-2-1, 8) with the men doing 6 good rounds together For Hayashi it would have been great preparation for his his own upcoming fight which sees him battling against Hideyuki Watanabe (7-6-2, 5) on August 8th.
According to a blog entry on Inoue's own ameblo page he is now expecting to get in the ring with Japanese Super Flyweight champion Yohei Tobe (8-1-1, 5) on July 11th. Again for Inoue this will be great sparring with a bigger man whilst for Tobe this will be amazing preparation for his upcoming national title defence against the unbeaten Sho Ishida (16-0, 9).
Inoue is unlikely to be given a real test by Samartlek Kokietgym (17-4, 5) on September 9th but with this level of sparring it's clear that the Japanese youngster is serious about developing his skills to become a truly elite fighter, despite still being little more than a boxing baby.
(Image courtesy of Naoya Inoue's ameblo)
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