Yesterday saw WBC Light Flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5) sparring with his first international fighter as he shared the ring, for several rounds, with former OPBF champion and IBF world title challenger Rocky Fuentes (35-7-2, 20).
Although we weren't able to make it to the sparring session we were told that it was a highly interesting session with the young Inoue said to have been put under real pressure early on before settling into things and actually hurting Fuentes with some solid body shots.
The sessions wasn't about hurting each other but for Inoue to get some top level international sparring. This saw him needing to adapt to the style of the Filipino in session that was competitive for the most part and will likely benefit not just Inoue but also Fuentes who will be looking to return to the ring in the coming months. As for Inoue he's trying to add to his game before making the first defence of his world title in September.
Interestingly Naoya wasn't the on Japanese fighting sparring with a well regarded Filipino foe. In fact Naoya's younger brother Takuma Inoue (2-0) spent time with Sonny Boy Jaro (36-13-5, 26) in what sounds like it was equally as interesting as Naoya's session.
Although Takuma Inoue will likely have been learning a lot from the session with Jaro the Filipino himself will have enjoyed the session which will have been helping him prepare for his upcoming bout. That contest will see Jaro battling against Indonesian Ichal Tobida (10-11, 8) on June 28th.
(Image courtesy of Blog Inoue Naoya)
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