WBC, IBF, WBA bantamweight world champion Naoya Inoue (23-0, 20 KOs) is looking to stamp his top-tier status as a pound-for-pound great by capturing the last remaining title - and then making a move up to super bantamweight. 

Earlier this month, Inoue destroyed future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire in two rounds. Their bout was a rematch of a Fight of The Year battle from 2019, which Inoue won by decision.

The recent victory, combined with last month's loss by Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, allowed Inoue to gain status as the new pound-for-pound king by many observers.

"People were saying that me becoming the number one pound-for-pound fighter all depended on what happened in the Donaire fight, and things worked out as well as I could have imagined," said Inoue to France 24.

"From here on, I want to give performances worthy of the number one pound-for-pound fighter. In order to do that, I need to unify the bantamweight world titles and then take on the super bantamweight division."

The UK's Paul Butler currently holds the WBO world title. He won the vacant belt back in April, with a decision win over Jonas Sultan. The belt became vacant when champion John Riel Casimero violated weight-making procedures for the fight.

Inoue hopes to get that fight in the coming months.

"If it happens by the end of this year, I don't care whether it happens in Japan, the US or Britain," Inoue said. "It doesn't really matter to me. I want the fight wherever it is.

"[I always want to] show everyone who comes to watch me what I can do. I think that's how I've been able to get my record of 23 wins with 20 knockouts. I always try to knock out my opponent and I think that's been recognized. I'd like to think when I turn 35, I will be able to look back and think I was happy that I became a boxer. If I'm able to feel that, I think I'll be content."