Over the past week or so we have been informed of two rumours regarding the next bout of Japanese wunderkid, and current WBO Super Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8) [井上 尚弥].
The first of those rumours was that Inoue would be facing American based Mexican Ricardo Rodriguez (14-3, 4) in September in Tokyo. The Mexican is the current WBO Latino Super Flyweight title and has twice fought, and lost to, recent Inoue challenger David Carmona. Despite those losses he does hold notable wins over Daniel Lozana, Jonathan Vidal and former world title challenger David Quijano.
The rumour seemed to be that Rodriguez was in talks to face Inoue but that a deal wasn't concrete and Inoue was still negotiating with other opponents for the date, with the bout being a voluntary defense of the title.
Today we saw another rumour emerge about Inoue's up coming bout, with this rumour stating the the pencilled in date was September 4th and could see Inoue face off against Thailand's Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (38-7-1, 18) [เพชรบางบอน ก่อเกียรติยิม], who was supposed to fight in a world title eliminator earlier this year before Englishman Paul Butler failed to make weight for the bout. Interestingly this story suggests that the bout isn't set in stone with a Petchbarngborn also opening to fighting a bout in late December, another time when we're expecting Inoue to be in the ring.
Sadly whilst there rumours do suggest that Ohashi are busy looking for opponents it's now clear that Inoue won't be making his US debut in 2016, as we'd all hoped, and American fans will have to instead wait until 2017 to see Inoue in the flesh. Interestingly the rumours also back up stories that suggest IBF Light Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (24-5, 12) [八重樫 東] will be defending his title on September 4th, and seems to also give a date for the rumoured bout between Satoshi Hosono (31-2-1, 20) [細野 悟] and Jonathan Victor Barros as well as the ring return for Takuma Inoue (7-0, 2) [井上 拓真], and possibly also the next outing of Koki Inoue (4-0, 3) [浩樹井上]. The show could also feature a rematch between Ryo Matsumoto (17-1, 15) [松本 亮] and Victor Uriel Lopez (9-5-1, 4).
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