WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9) [井上 尚弥] has been linked to pretty every Super Flyweight of note in recent weeks ahead of his next defense of the title he won just over 2 years ago. Now, at last, he has an opponent set in stone.
Having been in talks to face IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas, WBC champion Roman Gonzalez, WBA champion Luis Concepcion, former IBF champion McJoe Arroyo and former unified Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada, a deal has finally been struckwith former 2-time WBA champion Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13) [河野 公平].
The bout was officially announced today at a press conference held by Ohashi to announce their year ending show, set for December 30th at the Ariake Coliseum.
For Inoue the bout serves as a 4th defense, and will see him taking on a Japanese opponent for the first time since he beat Kono's stablemate Ryoichi Taguchi back in August 2013, for the Japanese Light Flyweight title. For Kono the bout sees him staying in the world title mix, following the loss to Concepcion back in August, in what was the first of 4 world title bouts in the division in the space of around 2 weeks.
The bout, along with other action from the same card, will be shown on Fuji TV as part of a stacked card set to feature two other world title bouts.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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