Earlier this month we saw the announcement that WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (13-0, 11) [井上 尚弥] would be making his US debut on September 9th, as he defends his title against American Antonio Nieves (17-1-2, 9).
Today, in preparation for that bout, Inoue sparred with WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight champion Genesis Servania (29-0, 12).
The spar wasn't the most intense but Inoue did get a chance to showcase his skills and power, and it was a starting point with Inoue admitting that he was wanting to raise things from here on, and will spend the next 2 weeks sparring with the talented Filipino,who is himself moving towards a world title fight.
As part of raising things he will take part in a mini-camp from July 25th, and will be put through his paces by his father, and trainer, Shingo Inoue who has taken Inoue from a child to a 2-weight world champion. That training camp will focus on preparing Inoue for a bout in the US and a chance to move from Japanese star to a global boxing sensation
Interestingly Inoue was also joined today by 2016 Olympic bronze medal winning Judoka Naohisa Takato, who was there to offer Inoue support.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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