On Sunday in Tokyo the boxing press gathered at the Grand Palace Hotel to cover the signing ceremony ahead of Tuesday's WBO Super Flyweight world title bout, between world champion Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) and Filipino challenger Warlito Parrenas (24-6-1, 21).
The ceremony saw both fighters appearing very confident and very much like they were expecting victory.
The champion, who is fighting for the first time in almost a year, seemed to suggest that he wanted to show the difference in ability between the two men whilst also making the fight fan friendly. Suggesting that perhaps he's not going to play it safety first, despite Parrenas's reputation as a banger.
Parrenas seemed to suggest that it would be his speed and power that would be the key to him realising his dream of becoming a world champion, after more than 8 years as a professional.
Whilst both men were confident it does seem like Inoue is widely regarded as having this one in the bag and it would be a late runner for upset of the year if he was to lose here.
Naoya Inoue returns to face Warlito Parrenas!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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