This past Sunday saw Japanese youngster Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5) go from blossoming prospect tipped to be a future world champion to a man showing that he was amongst the truly elite in his division. The 20 year old youngster not only beat the then WBC Light Flyweight champion Adrian Hernandez (29-3-1, 18) but demolished him in 6 rounds making the battle hardened Mexico quit.
Interesting we've come across some very interesting information since the bout about Inoue, his future and the actual bout it's self.
Firstly it seems like Inoue suffered either a leg or foot injury during round 4 of the bout. It wasn't a serious one by any stretch of the imagination though it likely explains why he didn't mind slugging it out with Hernandez in rounds 5 and 6. If anything this injury shortened the length of the bout as it saw more trading from the two men.
In regards to his future we did read that Hideyuki Ohashi sees Inoue's long term future at Super Flyweight if not higher. At 20 years old and with a still developing body "Monster" Inoue is probably going to be at 108lbs for another year or two, however their really much competition their at the moment and with the likes of Kazuto Ioka and Roman Gonzalez leaving the division recently their is no super fight at Light Flyweight for Inoue.
The victory for the youngster saw him not only becoming the fastest Japanese fighter to become a world champion at just 6 fights but also helped elevate his standing in the boxing world. The win saw him leap to #1 on Boxrec.com and Fightnews and we're expecting others to give him a similar treat with Ring Magazine, ESPN and of course TBRB all needing to considering him for a top a ranking at 108lbs.
No opponent has been suggested for his first defence as of yet though we are aware that the WBC have ordered Pedro Guevara to fight Ganigan Lopez in an eliminator. A fight with either of those two would be incredibly exciting and a very tough test for Inoue, the sort of test he seems to thrive up on and the sort of bout that we expect to see him in later this year.
Interestingly the bout with Hernandez saw Inoue getting upto a 10% TV share on Fuji TV, not bad considering the bout was on tape delay and the result had leaked. We're hoping that the excellent numbers will see Fuji TV giving Inoue's next fight live coverage. The kid is a bona fide star and he deserves all the plaudits he's getting as well as a live TV slot for his fights!
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
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