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!
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In the last few moments we've received details of the WBC Light Flyweight title fight between Japanese youngster Naoya Inoue and Mexico's Adrian Hernandez. With this fight set to be shown on Fuji TV in about 1 hour we need to advise you that we will be containing spoilers in the news update. If you do not wish to have the bout spoiled, please do not read any further. We cannot guarantee spoiler free content beyond this point.
Earlier today saw Ohashi Gym celebrate it's 20th anniversary with a "Super Show" dubbed "Ring of Diamonds". The show was headlined by two WBC world title fights. One of those was a WBC Flyweight title fight between Akira Yaegashi and Odilon Zaleta whilst the other, the main event, was Inoue against Hernandez. Whilst we love watching Akira we could understand completely why Inoue, a 5 fight novice, was the main event. He was, after all, trying to set a new Japanese record for the fewest fights needed to become a world champion.
The fight started with Inoue looking sharp. This didn't look like a 20 year old kid stepping up to the world level for the first time, instead it looked like a fighter fulfilling his destiny and he looked immediately at ease as he and Hernandez both went to work from the off. Although Hernandez did get through, with more than just one or two shots, it was the speed and accuracy of Inoue that seemed to be the telling factor with the Japanese fighter landing some lovely crisp combinations.
Hernandez, of course, didn't travel from Mexico to Japan to just hand over his title to the Japanese upstart but sometimes a force of nature is simply too strong to contain and that appeared to be the case here. Anything Hernandez did landed came back with interest, anything Hernandez did turned out to be futile and there was simply nothing Hernandez could do to discourage the Japanese fighter.
The Mexican fighter tried as he could but with his eye showing damage at the end of round 3 it seemed only a matter of time before he was getting stopped, one way or another.
The 5th round was Hernandez's last stand as the two men traded shots. For Hernandez though this was his final roll of the dice and in the following round Inoue dropped Hernandez. The Mexican did get up but he was a beaten man and the referee soon sensed that enough was enough.
The stoppage came att 2:54 of round 6 as Naoya Inoue managed to become the quickest Japanese fighter to a world title, breaking the previous 7 fight record of Kazuto Ioka and on this performance he could well be the best Light Flyweight on the planet. Simply sensational performance by one of the most gifted young fighters in a generation.
We were informed earlier today that Naoya Inoue (5-0, 4) has had his WBC Light Flyweight title bout with Mexico's Adrian Hernandez (29-2-1, 18) moved to the main event of the up coming "Ring of Diamonds" show.
Originally this bout, despite the huge interest, was set to be the chief support bout to Akira Yaegashi's (19-3, 9) WBC Flyweight defense against Odilon Zaleta (15-3, 8). Though an announcement made earlier this week has apparently seen the two world title fights switch billing on the card.
That means that running order will be:
Takuma Inoue v Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr
Ryo Matsumoto v Hiroyuki Hisataka
Satoshi Hosono v Yuki Ogata
Roman Gonzalez v Juan Purisma
Akira Yaegashi v Odilon Zaleta
Naoya Inoue v Adrian Hernandez
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Unbeaten Japanese wonder kid Naoya Inoue (5-0, 4) has been made a 1/6 betting favourite ahead of his world title fight this coming Sunday with Mexican champion Adrian Hernandez (29-2-1, 18).
The bout, currently priced up only by Paddy Power in the UK and Ireland, has seen Hernandez made a solid priced under-dog at 7/2 whilst the draw is priced at 22/1. Sadly there are no other markets available on the fight, such as winning method or round betting, but it's still better than nothing at all.
We had requested this bout, amongst with a number of others, from Paddy Power more than a month ago, and whilst they said, at the time, that they weren't going to take bout on we're very happy to see them change their mind.
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