Earlier today saw WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (9-0, 8) [井上 尚弥] return to full fledged training at the Ohashi gym ahead of his second title defense.
The youngster, who was last seen blowing away Warlito Parrenas in 2 rounds in December, looked like he hadn't missed a beat despite spending some time away from the ring and his punching was really on the pads with trainer-father Shingo Inoue.
Whilst the practice was the key it seems Naoya and his team are looking at having a big 2016, to put the disappointment of 2015 behind him.
Naoya's first bout of the year is being lined up for April or May and is likely to come in Japan against mandatory challenger David Carmona (20-2-5, 8). A deal isn't yet in place but the Ohashi team did seem confident of getting home advantage for that one. Following that the intention is to go on the road with the US being the target for the youngster who is hoping to secure a bout with Roman Gonzalez somewhere down the line.
It seems that before a Gonzalez bout Inoue will be trying to secure a unification bout, but that may need to wait until the end of 2016 if Omar Andres Narvaez does enforce a rematch clause against Inoue in the middle portion of the year, something he is believe to be considering. That could mean that Inoue Vs Narvaez II could be Inoue's US debut.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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