Yesterday fans at the Korakuen Hall saw Japanese youngster Takuma Inoue (5-0, 1) successfully claim the OPBF Super Flyweight title with an excellent performance against Filipino veteran Mark Anthony Geraldo (31-6-3, 14).
Going in to the bout it seemed that the plan was to move Inoue straight into a world title fight if he was too win, an attempt to match the achievement of his older brother Naoya Inoue who won a world title in his 6th fight. Instead however it's been revealed that plans have changed and instead Takuma will be making a defense of his title later in the year before focusing on a world title in 2016.
The youngster, who did look excellent at times, showed some flaws late on and it seemed that Mr Ohashi is hoping to just get him a little bit more seasoning before taking him on to the next level.
Whilst that does seem like a set back in some ways it does seem to be a decision that makes sense given that Takuma is not just a novice but also just a teenager and that he would have to wait for a title shot until next year anyway. It's clear he wouldn't be fighting his brother for the WBO belt, the IBF title is unlikely to be available until the very end of the year, the WBC title has a mandatory due and the WBA title is currently in limbo with everyone awaiting the Kohei Kono Vs Koki Kameda fight.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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