Young Japanese star Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5) made the news twice today for completely different reasons.
In one article the 21 year old "Monster" was celebrated over as he's being given a special award in Zama City where he was born. The award, a special Citizen's Medal, will be given to Inoue at a special awards ceremony on May 2nd at the Harmony Hall in Zama to effectively celebrate his achievements and activity in the local area.
The second bit of news is the more interesting one for boxing fans. This was that promoter Hideyuki Ohashi will be allowing Inoue to make a defence of his WBC Light Flyweight title. Inoue, who won the title earlier this month by stopping Adrian Hernandez, had complained about making the 108lb weight limit and the reports that came out after the fight were talking about an immediate move to either Flyweight or Super Flyweight. It seems however that Inoue will be defending his belt in September.
With the weight issues clearly a problem for a still maturing Inoue we're expecting a weak challenger as opposed to the winner of the upcoming WBC eliminator. It's the likely that Inoue will vacate rather than continue to make a weight he's not 100% comfortable at.
As September has been mentioned we're going to assume that Inoue will be sharing the card again with WBC Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi who is pencilled in for a defence around that time against Nicaraguan destroyer Roman Gonzalez. It looks likely that Ohashi will be involved in yet another big and spectacular show just like "Ring of Diamonds" was back on April 6th.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi gym)
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