Yesterday we all saw Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6) retain his WBC Light Flyweight with an 11th round TKO victory over Thai challenger Samartlek Kokietgym (17-5, 5). The bout wasn't Inoue's most impressive so far but he was dominant from the opening round and Samartlek did little more than survive the Inoue onslaught before being stopped in round 11.
At the post fight press conference it was confirmed that the Samartlek bout would be Inoue's final contest at Light Flyweight and that making the 108lb weight limit had taken something out of "The Monster". The conference went on to state that Inoue would be moving to Flyweight for his next bout and may well aim for a world title on his Flyweight debut.
Although no opponent has been signed for his next fight we have seen IBF champion Amnat Ruenroeng, who will defend his title this coming Wednesday against McWilliams Arroyo, linked to a possible Inoue fight, likewise a Roman Gonzalez bout. If he was to beat either of those Inoue would become the quickest 2-weight world champion in history beating the long standing record of Paul Weir who became a 2-weight world champion in his 9th professional bout.
On the subject of Gonzalez we have read that Inoue wants to "avenge" the loss of stable mate Akira Yaegashi who was beaten in 9 rounds by Gonzalez yesterday. For us it would a little bit too soon to through Inoue in with the Nicaraguan though it's certainly a bout we are hoping to see somewhere down the line. Inoue however will need to be better than he was against Samartlek.
Although not officially announced one of our sources has reported that Inoue is likely to return in December. This would fit in with a fight against Amnat though could also see money thrown at the winner of the up coming bout between Juan Carlos Reveco and Yodmongkol Vor Saengthep or even the winner of the Juan Francisco Estrada/Giovani Segura fight.
Although Inoue hasn't officially vacated it was announced that he and his team would be giving up the title over the coming days. This would possibly leave the door open to younger brother Takuma Inoue fighting for a world title at a very early stage in his career.
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