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Earlier today saw the preliminary screening for both of this Friday's world title bouts, including the first defence of the WBC Light Flyweight title by Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5).
Inoue, who will be defending his belt against Thailand's Samartlek Kokietgym (17-4, 5), appeared to have all the physical advantages over his Thai foe. He was 8.5cm taller and had the same advantage in terms of reach. Now whilst we all knew Samartlek was small no one expected him to be that much smaller.
As well as the size advantages favouring Inoue the Japanese fighter also boasts the advantages in terms of world title experience and power. However the Thai visitor is the more experienced professional with more than 3 times as many fights and more than 100 rounds of professional experience.
Despite the experience edge, and the fact Samartlekis trained by Seiji Shinoda, we still don't imagine Samartlek will have much of a chance against the Japanese fighter fondly known as "Monster".
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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