On December 29th we see the long awaited return of Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) who has been inactive through out 2015 due to a hand injury suffered last December, when he claimed the WBO Super Flyweight title in spectacular fashion, blowing away Omar Andres Narvaez in 2 rounds.
Today, head of his come back bout, against Filipino puncher Warlito Parrenas (24-6-1, 21), Inoue took part in a public training session with some light sparring and a session on the mitts with his father, and trainer, Shingo.
As well as the work out Inoue and his team spoke about the upcoming bout and Naoya's lay off. The youngster, who has trained intensively with his left hand through the year, seems confident that his jab and left hook have improved, as has the power in his lead hand. He did however say that the right hand is 100% and has also, he believes, become more devastating than it was in the past.
Whilst the injury seems to have been sorted he's not taking anything for granted and has been scouting Parrenas. As a result the game plan seems to be one based on controlling the distance, forcing Parrenas to fall short and avoiding a rough brawl with the Filipino banger.
If he wins, as expected, Inoue is likely to make his US debut. He apparently has a number of possible opponents for a US debut, though he is heavily rumoured to be set to face Narvaez in a rematch in the US with the Argentinian veteran invoking a rematch clause in their contract. The idea of the bout in the states is to build Inoue/s name, and continue to build the talk regarding a super fight with unbeaten Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez.
Incidentally there was no talk of any apparent struggle to make weight, something that was alluded to over the weekend by British promoter Frank Warren.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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