Earlier today in Japan there was the official physical examinations for the WBO Super Flyweight title fight between Japanese "Monster" Naoya Inoue and Argentinian veteran, and reigning world champion, Omar Andres Narvaez. The bout, the biggest bout left this year, takes place on December 30th and is potential a bout that could essentially decide the 2014 Fighter of the Year.
The bout is seen as a major step up in class, both in terms of quality of opponent and weight division, but a win for Inoue would see him further build on his reputation as the best young fighter in the sport.
At the physical there was some interesting details revealed that seemed to disprove any idea that Inoue was the "smaller man" despite the fact he is coming from Light Flyweight for the bout, completely skipping the Flyweight division. Firstly Inoue was notably taller, 4.6Cm's taller in fact. He was also rangier with a reach advantage of 7Cm's, a huge advantage given that he's also the quicker man and the man who would like to fight to fight on the outside.
Of course the physical doesn't tell us everything about the two men and whilst Narvaez is the "smaller man" on paper he's the "bigger" man in terms of experience having fought in almost 7 times more professional bouts, more than 8 times as many professional rounds and 15 times more world title bouts! Those advantages will be what Narvaes will be depending on here
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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