Those fighters were 2-weight world champion Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) and his young brother Takuma Inoue (4-0, 1).
Naoya's announcement was what we've come to expect from the man popularly known as "Monster". He wanted to thank the fans and will attempt to defend his title, the WBO Super Flyweight title, next year against opponents that meet the expectations of those fans of his. This isn't the typical fighter saying he just wants to defend his belts, but instead he wants to defend them against opponents that the fans want to see him against.
What was more interesting were the comments from his younger brother Takuma Inoue who all but confirmed that he was going to be fighting for an OPBF title later this year. This was hardly a surprise, given that Takuma in ranked #1 by the OPBF at Flyweight, however it still great to hear him say it rather than leaving us to assume things. He also stated that if he gets the chance he would love to fight for a world title in 2015 as well. Whilst it is possible for Takuma to fight for a world title this year we need to admit that it doesn't seem likely and instead we suspect that he'll have to wait until 2016 to achieve that goal.
(Image courtesy of the Kanagawa Shimbun)