Yesterday we reported that Ohashi gym had announced their next big show for May 8th. As reported the card's main bouts will see Naoya Inoue (9-0, 8) [井上 尚弥] defending his WBO Super Flyweight title against David Carmona (20-2-5, 8) and Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12) [八重樫 東] the IBF Light Flyweight title against Martin Tecuapetla (13-6, 10).
As well as the two main bouts we also reported that the under-card will feature Takuma Inoue (6-0, 1) [井上 拓真] and Ryo Matsumoto (17-0, 15) [松本 亮].
Since our first report we have been given more information and quotes from the press conference.
Notably Matsumoto's bout is being made as a world title "prelude", with the intention being to get the youngster a world title fight later in the year. That could mean Matsumoto will be matched easily, or, alternatively, he'll be facing a fringe level test to prepare him for a champion.
Takuma has stated that he's also wanting to pursue a world title bout later in the year and he's expected to face a fringe world class opponent here in a defense of the OPBF title. No opponent was named but we suspect it will be a world ranked Filipino or Thai.
In regards to quotes there was a comment from Yaegashi that really caught our eye, "たまには顔を無傷で終わってみたい" [Tamani wa kao o mukizu de owatte mitai], essentially saying he's like to "occasionally finish a fight" with his "face intact". The comment relates to the fact that Yaegashi also seems to look beaten and battered whether he wins or losses. Other quotes included Mr Ohashi stating that he wants to show that Matsumoto is a good fighter and whilst Naoya is looking to move onto a "big fight" and fight in the US, with Carmona standing in his way of those two things.
For the first time publicly Naoya has mentioned a move to Bantamweight, though it seems likely that that move is as imminent as Frank Warren would have us believe and that Inoue will remain at Super Flyweight for at least a year, with his target being a unification bout and possible showdown with Roman Gonzalez, before moving up.
Naoya Inoue and Akira Yaegashi in action May 8th!
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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