On December 30th we'll see WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (14-0, 12) [井上 尚弥] defending his title against French challenger Yoan Boyeaux (41-4, 26).
Today Inoue took part in a public work out in regards to that fight and looked sharp, in great shape and very light on his feet. He looked like a man who had been working on strengthening some facets of his game and showed really impressive footwork and more of his ability to switch.
Whilst the work out was pretty impressive the real talking point was that Inoue appears to have made a decision on his future, and willprobably be moving up to Bantamweight next year, with the Boyeaux bout looking likely to be his final one as a Super Flyweight.
The "Monster" had approached both WBA champion Kal Yafai and IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas for fights on the "Superfly 2" card but was shot down by both fighters, with Yafai's team turning it down for financial reasons and Ancajas inking a deal with Top Rank rather than facing Inoue.
It wasn't Inoue himself who seemed to suggest the move up was imminent but his promoter Hideyuki Ohashi, who is likely to be frustrated at the decisions of other Super Flyweights, who appear to be avoiding his man.
The plan will be to have Inoue back in the ring in May or June, in what is likely to be his Bantamweight debut with his pursuit of a Bantamweight title likely to be his key story for 2018.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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