This past weekend we saw unified Bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (21-0, 18) [井上 尚弥] retain his WBA "Super" and IBF Bantamweight titles as he stopped IBF mandatory challenger Michael Dasmarinas (30-3-1, 20) in 3 rounds, thanks in part to some brutal body shots. Today he and his team, including his father Shingo, brother Takuma and promoter Hideyuki Ohashi, arrived back in Japan.
When they arrived back in Japan Ohashi revealed that their was an announcement on on the plane, explaining that Inoue himself was aboard, with the announcement praising him for his performance at the weekend.
Inoue himself gave comments to the media, explaining "I was able to return to Japan safely after the second bout in Las Vegas. The support of the fans who watched the game on TV from Japan helped me to win with the content I was satisfied with. I was able to do it. Thank you very much.
I couldn't sleep much on the return flight, but I was able to spend a comfortable time. In the future, I plan to rest my body during the two-week quarantine period and move my body after the period.
The immediate goal is to unify the four bantamweight groups. In the future, I would like to set the standard for Donaire and Casimero and devote myself so that anyone can show Naoya Inoue's boxing"
The men will now all have to go through a 2 week isolation period, as is expected of those entering Japan at the moment. It seems the "Monster" plans to take those 2 weeks to rest his body, which may not be a bad idea, before resuming training after the isolation period.
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Around a week ago Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥] arrived in the US ahead of his upcoming defense of the IBF and WBA "super" Bantamweight world titles against Michael Dasmarinas (30-2-1, 20). At the time he was accompanied by father and trainer Shingo Inoue, his brother Takuma Inoue [井上拓真] and his cousin Koki Inoue [浩樹井上].
Yesterday he was joined by the rest of his team, including promoter Hideyuki Ohashi, who will be in attendance for the fight cheering on his charge.
The promoter has joined the Inoue clan for the fight and the group have now moved into the bubble at the Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas.
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Earlier today Japanese Bantamweight star Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥] departeed from Japan ahead of his upcoming defenses of the IBF and WBA "super" Bantamweight world titles against Michael Dasmarinas (30-2-1, 20), on June 19th. At the airport he was flanked by his family, including his father and trainer Shingo Inoue, his brother Takuma Inoue [井上拓真] and his cousin Koki Inoue [浩樹井上], who are travelling over with him to help put some final touches to his preparation. The rest of his team, including promoter Hideyuki Ohashi will join the Inoue clan closer to the fight, with the plan being for themto fly out on June 16th.
Befoe leaving Japan Inoue did an interview with Japanese broadcaster WOWOW.
During the interview he explained that he would be losing the rest of his weight and relaxing over in America. It seems clear that the hard work has been done in Japan, and he explained that although he doesn't know how much sparring he did for this bout, it was more than usually, and that he was doing 6 and 8 round sessions. The focal point for those spars were tall southpaws, exactly what he'll come up against when he shares the ring with Dasmarinas.
In regards to weight, it seems there's still a few kilo's left for him to lose, but he started that there is no problem at all in making weight.
When asked about this being his fourth world title fight abroad, he spoke highly of international fans and stated that he enjoyed the atmosphere of the fans for his bouts against Antonio Nieves in the US and Emmanuel Rodrgiuez in Scotland.
Regarding this bout Inoue was pretty clear that this wouldn't got to the scorecards, and he did state he was confidence of winning, though did accept that there may be some issues with the southpaw stance and height of Dasmarinas, explaining the focus on the sparring he's had.
Notably Inoue was also very open about wanting to face recently crowned WBC champion Nonito Donaire, the man he beat in the WBSS Bantamweight final in 2019, being impressed by Donaire's win over Nordine Oiubaali a few weeks ago. Donaire, and WBO champion John Riel Casimero, still seem to be on Inoue's mind and it was clear that facing one of those two later in the year was a driving factor for victory against Dasmarinas, with Inoue desperate to add more Bantamweight titles to his collection.
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Earlier today Japanese star Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥] was part of a press conference talking about his up coming bout against mandatory challenger Michael Dasmarinas (30-2-1, 20).
At the event the unbeaten "Monster", who will be defending his WBA "Super" and IBF Bantamweight against IBF Dasmarinas in June, was joined by his father, Shingo Inoue, and promoter Hideyuki Ohashi, who also gave comments to the press.
Inoue himself spoke about Dasmarinas in more detail, explaining that the Filipino is "A type that has a high KO rate and moves firmly. It is my first time to play against a tall southpaw, but I am not bad at it." Despite this being his first bout against a tall southpaw Inoue also wants to show some new tools in arsenal, stating "I've become able to react more accurately to the opponent's movements and hit punches. I want to show a different boxing than usual."
Of course a change of style is a risk but it appears that the aim for Inoue is the same as usual, with the fighter aiming for a KO win, and to appeal to the fans in the venue, stating "I want to grab the hearts of local fans and come back,"
This will be the third notable southpaw for Inoue, who has blown out Omar Andres Narvaez and Juan Carlos Payano. It's clear he's good against lefties, but he is still working on counter measures to deal with Dasmarinas, and to do that he has brought two Japanese fighters into camp, sparring with Reiya Abe (21-3-1, 9) [阿部麗也] and Ikuro Sadatsune (11-4-3, 4) [定常 育郎] whilst also having worked with Rentaro Kimura (3-0, 3) [木村蓮太朗], in the wake of Inoue's last bout late last year.
Naoya's father, Shingo also explained that they had been working on southpaw counter-measures and stated "I was able to take measures against southpaw from an early stage and practice at a fairly high level. (Dasmarinas) The guard is solid and the punch is strong, but Nao (Naoya) Can attack and destroy it from himself, or he can do it. I'm not worried about anything."
Mr Ohashi himself seemed confident, and wanting his man to impress, and not just win, stating"I want you to surprise American fans with the overwhelming KO that seems to be a monster. I want you to show me a great KO."
Inoue knows that this is a bout he's supposed to win, but he seemed very focused on winning, especially if he wants the big bouts and the much anticipated unification bouts. He made it clear that this bout was the next step in his career, "Clearing here and heading for a unified battle is a big motivation. If you have such a high motivation to face Dasmarinas, you can have a pretty good match. I want to go to the match."
For those interest the plan from the Inoue team is to face Dasmarinas, as scheduled in June, and then fight again before the end of the year, as well as next spring, as they look to unify the 4 Bantamweight world titles.
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Back on January 14th Takuma Inoue (14-1, 3) [井上拓真] claimed the OPBF Bantamweight title, taking a technical decision win over the hard hitting Keita Kurihara (15-6, 13) [栗原慶太] at Korakuen Hall. Typically after a win like that a fight takes some time to rest, recover and recharge the batteries. Surprisingly however Inoue is already back in training, with reports coming out Japan that he only took 3 days rest before starting road work, and begin preparing for his next bout, whenever that might be.
Not only did Inoue begin road work after just a few days rest, but today he was back in the gym, and actually back in the ring, as be took part in his first fully fledged spar since the Kurihara bout. A bout that was just 12 days ago.
Earlier today Inoue sparred 4 rounds with former world title challenger Ryo Matsumoto (24-3, 21) [松本亮].
Inoue explained that there was no damage from the Kurihara bout, and consulted with his father and trainer Shingo Inoue, before getting straight back in to the gym and beginning on sharpening his tools for when they are next needed.
After the spar Shingo himself spoke about striking when the iron is hot and that the sparring can help Takuma maintain the condition of his previous bout, whilst also saying that today's was a good one.
The return to the gym also seems to have surprised Ohashi gym chairman Hideyuki Ohashi, who's quoted in the Nikkan Sports stating that Takuma's quick returned showed "a terrifying aspiration."
As for why Takuma has returned to the gym so early, he, himself, is quoted as saying "I want to try again to win world title by the end of the year." Getting back in the gym, staying ready and being prepared for an opportunity is often half the battle for a fighter, and it's great to see such determination from Takuma, who obviously wants to hold a title at the same time as his older brother, Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥], the reigning WBA "super", IBF and Ring Magazine Bantamweight champion.
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