Yesterday the boxing media in Japan saw WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (12-0, 10) [井上 尚弥] take part in a public work out, ahead of his may 21st clash with American challenger Ricardo Rodriguez (16-3, 5).
Before the actual work out there was talk from the Inoue camp about Naoya punching harder than ever, and actually injuring trainer/father Shingo's wrist at one point when Shingo was working the mitts during camp, forcing Takuma Inoue to take over mitt work.
The reason for the increase in power has been put down to the work Inoue has done on his core strength and legs, building up his muscle mass in both regions ahead of a move up in weight. Despite that work on strength Inoue is expected to bevery comfortable at the weight in and is only a few KG's over the limit at the moment.
Inoue also repeated that he is still pencilled in to make his US debut in September and knows that that will be his chance to impress, and make a huge splash on the world stage.
As for the work out Inoue worked the pads and mitts and looked incredibly sharp, powerful and like he really is the best he's been. He seems confident and like he's a man with a point to prove.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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