Earlier today Hideyuki Ohashi promoted an event at Korakuen Hall, headlined by an OPBF title bout between OPBF Bantamweight champion Keita Kurihara [栗原慶太] and Takuma Inoue [井上拓真].
One of the spectators at the event was Japanese star Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥], the current WBA "Super" and IBF Bantamweight champion, who has had many fans asking when he'll be fighting again and who against.
Today those questions as to what is next for the "Monster" ended up being asked of Ohashi who explained, that the next bout would be a mandatory defense for Inoue against Michael Dasmarinas (30-2-1, 20), a bout the IBF have now ordered.
Although Ohashi only revealed who was likely for Inoue the details regarding "where" were released by Teiken head honcho Akihiko Honda, who revealed that it was likely to be held in Japan, with Sanspo.com reporting that the bout is now "expected to be after this spring", meaning a potential early Summer bout for Inoue.
Part of the reason for the delay is the on going global situation, and travel into Japan at the moment is difficult, which is why it's expected to be summer before the bout can actually be staged.
If this bout is indeed in Japan this will be Inoue's first bout at home since his November 2019 win over Nonito Donaire in the WBSS Bantamweight final.
Rather notably Dasmarinas was in the Ohashi gym himself in 2019, where he sparred with Takuma Inoue ahead of Takuma's bout with Nordine Oubaali, a bout that served as the chief support for Naoya's bout with Donaire. That would have given Naoya and his team a good chance to get a read on Dasmarinas ahead of a potential showdown with Naoya.
As for Dasmarinas he's been out of the ring since October 2019, though that was, in part, due to the on going pandemic.
Later this week Japanese fight fans will get the chance to learn more about WBA "Super" and IBF Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥] as the "Monster" makes an appearance on Fuji TV talk show "Ishibashi, burning firewood".
The show, which is celebrating its first birthday in April, seeks Takaaki Ishibashi talk to guests in front of a small fire. The guests typically range from various fields, such as musicians, actors, cultural figures and athletes, with a small talk format of the host getting to learn about the guest in a one to one chat.
As well as Fuji TV airing it in the Kanto region other regions across Japan will air it as well, albeit on some form of delay over the next couple of weeks
For fans wanting to watch this episode it will be screened at on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, with a 30 minute time slot. The show will run from 24:40 on Tuesday night (or 00:40 Wednesday morning) to 25:10 Tuesday night (or 01:10 Wednesday morning).
For those in the west confused by the times Japanese TV schedules aren't listed on a typical 24 hour clock format.
Although it’s very much a show aimed at a Japanese audience Western fans who use isakura will have access to it.
From the synopsis available on Fuji TV the show will discuss Inoue's mother and father as well as the on going support he gets from his family.
Earlier today Ohashi Gym announced that their star man Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥] and his younger brother Takuma Inoue (13-1, 3) [井上拓真] are participating in a short training camp in Shizuoka, which began on November 9th and will run until December 3rd.
The training camp is focused on preparing Takuma for his January 14th bout against OPBF Bantamweight champion Keita Kurihara (15-5, 13) [栗原慶太] and will see the brothers base their training about physical training and lower body strengthening.
For Takuma the bout with Kurihara will be his first in well over a year, and the last time we saw him was actually when he suffered his solitary defeat, losing to WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali in November 2019. Despite the lengthy lay off he will be favoured against Kurihara, despite the fact the OPBF champion is a dangerous and heavy heavy handed fighter, and a man with ambitions of his own, and a very high IBF world ranking.
Although the camp is one primarily for Takuma it is worth noting that it will help Naoya stay in shape and in peak condition before he goes into for his next bout, which we would expect at some point in the Spring. This is something we regularly see from Naoya, who never enters a camp for a fight out of shape, meaning a camp is focused on preparing for his opponent, and sparring, and not losing weight and getting into shape, like we have seen from some other fighters.
(Image credit Ohashi Gym)
Yesterday website "elnuevoherald.com" reported that we may be set for a huge Bantamweight bout in early 2021 between two very notable fighters, who have both been seeking a big, career defining, bout with Japanese star Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥].
The site reports that WBO Bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero (30-4, 21) and WBA "regular" Bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (20-1-0-1, 13) are in negotiations to face off in March or April next year, in what would be a genuinely excellent match up on a PBC broadcast.
The article has a quote on it from Memo Heredia explaining "John and Guillermo would bring a tremendous clash of styles. From what I've been told, the talks are on the right track."
The two men have both called out Inoue in the last year or two, and Casimero was signed to fight him in April before him before the global situation scuppered those plans and saw the bout being postponed, and then cancelled. Since then Casimero has gone his own way, defeating Duke Micah on Showtime to record his first defense of the WBO title. As for Rigondeaux he's not fought since February, when he won the WBA "regular" title with a split decision over Liborio Solis.
For Rigondeaux the bout would be his biggest since losing to Vasyl Lomachenko in 2017, and would give him a chance to show what he can do against a prime Bantamweight, something many do query about him at his current age.
The talented Cuban looked like a slow started last time out, but when he got going he looked super sharp, albeit against a 37 year old former Super Flyweight who hadn't faced a notable opponent himself in over 2 years. At his best Rigondeaux is an excellent boxer, an brilliant counter puncher and a frustrating genius in the ring.
As for Casimero it would be a great chance foe him to score a win against a notable name, and build his reputation as a destructive Bantamweight after recent wins over Micah and Zolani Tete. It would also help him put pressure on Inoue to help secure that divisional super fight.
Whilst Rigondeaux is well known for his pure boxing Casimero is very much an offensive fighter, with explosive power, and although he can be inconsistent he is, typically, a fun fighter with an aggressive mindset andd a finishers mentality.
Again it should be noted that a deal isn't yet done, but the talks are that it's heading in the right direction, and fingers crossed this is signed and sealed in early 2021, as it is a mouth watering fight and the winner will almost certainly be the leading contender for a bout with Inoue in late 2021.
For those wanting to read the article on elnuevoherald that can be read here.
It's fair to say that we were all impressed by Japanese star Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥] this past weekend, with the "Monster" retaining his Ring Magazine, IBF and WBA "super" titles with a 7th round win over Jason Moloney.
Despite the quality of the win one thing we didn't expect to hear being announced following the victory was that Inoue would be releasing a calendar for 2021!
The calendar will be released on December 14th, though pre-orders are currently being sold, and will be available from Amazon, among other sites, and will be full of photo's of the 3-weight world champion.
From the Amazon.jp listing of the calendar it will be sold at ¥1,980 (which is around $19 or £14.50), and despite only being available for pre-orders at the moment it has already gone to the #1 place on the Amazon.jp website for Calendars, showing that it's already a success before it's release.
For our Japanese readers interesting in purchasing this it can be bought on Amazon.jp here.
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