Japanese sensation are Naoya Inoue is interested in facing Emanuel Navarrete in the future - but he doubts the fight will ever come off. Both boxers are co-promoted by Top Rank.

At the moment, Inoue is the WBA, IBF world champion at bantamweight. He was scheduled to face WBO champion John Reil Casimero in a unification that was scheduled for April, but the fight was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) has been out of the ring since November, when he pulled off a twelve round unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire to win the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament.

Navarrete is currently the WBO's world champion at super bantamweight, but his days at the weight class are numbered.

This past Saturday night in Mexico, Navarrete made his return to the ring - as a featherweight - to easily win a stay busy bout. In the aftermath, there was a lot of speculation that Navarrete will not return to the super bantamweight division unless a lucrative opportunity comes up.

Inoue won his first world title at junior flyweight and then jumped up by two weight classes to capture his second title at super flyweight - before eventually making another move up to collect more gold at bantamweight.

He expects to make a move to 122-pounds, but doubts Navarrete will be fighting in the weight class when he arrives.

“There is no doubt that it will be an interesting fight. I'm interested. But I don't feel destined to fight Navarrete, because he won't be a super bantamweight for much longer," Inoue stated.