October 2nd 2012-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Naoya Inoue (0-0) vs Crison Omayao (16-4-1, 4)
In 2012 promising Japanese youngster Naoya Inoue [井上尚弥] made his professional debut, taking on Filipino national champion Crison Omayao, who had gone 12 rounds with Wanheng Menayothin 11 months earlier and had taken Yuki Chinen the 10 round distance in previous bout
When you see a super talent make their debut sometimes it can be clear that they are some special. That was certainly the case when we got to see the professional debut of Japan's sensational Naoya Inoue back on October 2nd 2012.
Inoue had come with notable hype from the Japanese press though no one could have expected the youngster to have debuted in the way he did.
Aged just 19 Inoue took on the Filipino Minimumweight champion Crison Omayao. Going in to the bout no one had stopped Omayao in in 21 bouts, including contests with Wanheng Menayothin, and Yuki Chinen, who had been taken 12 and 10 rounds respectively by the Filipino. Of course Inoue was no mere debutant and from the first round it looked clear the Japanese youngster was something special as he showed intelligent defence, fantastic accuracy and stunning body shots, something rarely seen in a young prospect.
After several rounds of slowly chipping away at Omayao we then saw Inoue showing off his power as he actually went looking for a stoppage, a stoppage he would find courtesy of a sickening left hand to the mid-section on the inside.
Since this loss Omayao has fallen badly with 2 losses, both by stoppages, and a draw in his 3 subsequent bouts. He'll be trying to stop the rot in the next few days when he battles Kosei Tanaka, another Japanese super prospect. As for Inoue, well the rest is history and just a few fights later he became the WBC Light Flyweight champion backing up the hype the Japanese press had given him prior to this contest.
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