The rise of Naoya Inoue has been one of the most significant talking points in world boxing the last few years, with Monster taking the boxing world by storm and becoming a 3-weight world champion in the space of just a few years. His success, along with that of his younger brother Takuma Inoue and their cousin Koki Inoue, has been remarkable and it's all been spearheaded by their trainer, Shingo Inoue.
Whilst most fans who have followed the rise of the Inoue clan will be aware of Shingo there is a lot that probably isn't know about the patriach of the Inoue family. So today we'll take a look at Shingo Inoue as he features in our "Did you know..." series.
-Shingo's parents divorced when he was in elementary and he was brought up by his mother
-Shingo was just 19 years old when he got married. He and his wife have now been married for close to 30 years and have 3 children, the eldest of which is a daughter, then there's Naoya then Takuma.
-Although best known by fight fans as a boxing trainer Inoue is also the head of Meisei Paint Co., Ltd., who are a painting company based in Zama city.
-Shingo has revealed that Naoya wanted to become a boxer after seeing Shingo himself training at home. At the time Naoya was 6 years old.
-Whilst Shingo didn't turn professional did have a short amateur career, reportedly running up a 2-0 record. He didn't have the time to turn professional or do much gym work, due to his painting company.
-Takahiro Shiraishi, a tenant at a condo that Shingo owned but didn't manage, killed 9 people in what was a massive news story. For those interested in more details on this Gabe Oppenheim did an interesting feature on it last year.
-In 2015 Shingo became a published author, with his 256 page book "努力は天才に勝る!" ("Effort is better than Genius"). The book is currently available on the Japanese Amazon website.
-Inoue shares his name with a Marathon and Ultra Marathon runner.
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