Earlier today Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) took to his blog to inform fans that he had finally returned to sparring ahead of his ring return, which has been penciled in for December.
The blog entry states that Inoue spent some of Monday sparring with Yuta Saito (8-6-2, 6), from the Hanagata gym. Saito, who lives in Kanagawa like Inoue, is a solid sparring partner who is tough, heavy handed and although technically a bit limited will make for a good first step back to full sparring.
The two men spent 4 rounds together in the ring and it seems that Inoue will step up the quality of his sparring partners over the coming days. It seems that for Wednesday that sparring will see Inoue sharing the ring with former world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (23-6-3, 14). That's an interesting session when you consider that Inoue took part in his pro-test bout when he shared the ring with Kuroda.
Naoya Inoue's return now penciled in for late December
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