In the recently updated Rang Magazine rankings Japanese teenage Takuma Inoue (2-0), pictured, has surprised us all by breaking in to the top 10 at Light Flyweight following his recent victory over Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (23-3, 15).
Whilst we don't typically use Ring Magazine rankings this is still an achievement and a half for the 18 year old wonder kid.
At the moment many independent rankings don't rank Takuma at all highly. TBRB don't have him featured in the top 10, Boxrec list him at #49 and Fightnews don't have him in their top 15.
Despite the fact Ring are the only rankings to currently list Takuma it's fair to say the alphabet boys, who all ranked Fahlan in their top 5, will all need to consider Takuma as being a top 10 ranked fighter. An amazing achievement for such a young fighter.
This weekends celebrations for Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5), who of course won the WBC Light Flyweight title, were great but we've got to wonder if he was a test run before Takuma tries to beat the 6 fight record set. It's a big, big ask, but Takuma now has 3 fights to win a world title to beat his brother and 1 fight if he wants to tie the world record held by Saensak Muangsurin.
It may outlandish but could Takuma really be a bigger monster than Naoya? Time will tell but right now between Takuma and Kosei Tanaka it seems almost certain that the 6 fight record of Naoya is going to be broken sooner rather than later.
(Photo courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
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