On December 30th we saw two of Japan's most talented youngster each picking up their most notable win to date. One of those was Takuma Inoue (4-0, 1), who clearly out pointed former world title challenger Nestor Daniel Narvaes, whilst the other was his older brother Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7), who made the boxing world sit up and take note with a 2nd round KO against Omar Andres Narvaez.
Just a few days later, on January 3rd, we saw a blog post put up by Hideyuki Ohashi, the promoter of both of the Inoue brothers. Despite it being only a a few days after their fights they were already back in training with both men doing road work and staying in shape as they refused to become complacent following their notable wins.
Although no plans have been formally announced for either of the talented youngsters it does seem likely that they will both be in action in Spring. We suspect for Naoya it will be a case of "onwards and upwards" and this will either be a unification bout or a bout against a top contender, unfortunately however of the contenders would actually get him the acclaim that his last win did. As for Takuma there is a strong suspicion that he could be involved in his first title bout, possible an OPBF or Japanese title bout. If Takuma doesn't compete for a title next time out then we'd suspect he will again be up against an estbalished fighter as he looks to continue his rise through the ranks in a similarly impressive fashion to Naoya.
(Image courtesy of Hideyuki Ohashi)
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