It's fair to say that 2020 has been an terrible year, not just for boxing but for many of us in life in general. One of the big fights we've seen put on the back burner was the highly anticipated Bantamweight unification bout between Naoya Inoue and Johnriel Casimero.
Strangely Warner Brothers in Japan released a collaboration with Inoue to marry up the fight alongside a show on WOWOW.
We're not really sure what the whole plan was but we feel this little video is the sort of thing that should be seen by more eyes. It's simple, odd and we're not really sure what the thinking was behind it, but it's certainly one of the many weird things we've see come out of Japan in recent years.
We continue our "boxers in music videos" series today with with one of the most notable fighters in the sport today. And we know this isn't a hugely successful weekly feature, but with no fights taking place we do think it's a fun little extra to take our minds off some of the horrors in the world today.
Japanese genre busters C&K aren't a band we suspect many outside of Japan are familiar with however their 2017 track "Michi" came with a star in their official that we expect everyone reading this site will recognise. That's because the focus of the video is Japanese boxing star Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥].
Given the almost reggae sound of the band it doesn't really fit with the destructive image we all have of Inoue, but suspect it helped the band get some extra attention, in fact it's help us give them attention (and we all know that means soooo much to any Japanese music group!)
One thing that is worth noting is that Inoue is genuinely friends with the guys in C&K and this very much seems to have come about because of their existing friendship, not some cynical business move to increase the bands profile, and they actually are pretty famous in Japan, even if their success outside of their homeland is somewhat limited.
If we're honest Naoya Inoue looks likely to be one of the faces of boxing for the next decade or so. For some his coming out party happened at the end of 2014, when he decimated the talented and very experienced Omar Andres Narvaez. He had however been tipped as a star before then with with many in Japanese boxing circles ear marking him as a sensation when he was still an amateur.
Here we have a documentary his rise to his first world title, the WBC Light Flyweight title, and the scenes soon after that title win. It shows various things including Naoya's training methods, some post fight footage and various other behind the scenes moments from Naoya's career. It's a documentary that will be better for Japanese speakers but even those who don't speak the language can enjoy sections of this, including the training and the close relationship between Naoya and his father/trainer Shingo, arguably the most under-rated trainer on the planet today.
Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue is one of the most exciting fighters on the planet right now. He's managed by former fighter Hideyuki Ohashi who has great connections in Korea and has regularly taken his fighters over the South Korea for fights, with Koki Inoue and Satoshi Hosono recently fighting on the Korean peninsula. Whilst on one of the trips over to Korea there was a sparring session involving Inoue and a Korean national champion.
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.