Naoya Inoue vs. Juan Carlos Payano - October 7, Yokohama Arena

By Hisao Adachi

At a press gathering in Tokyo, unbeaten World Boxing Association (WBA) "regular" champion Naoya "Monster" Inoue (16-0, 14 KOs) officially announced his first title defense against the left-handed Dominican and former world champion Juan Carlos Payano (20-1, 9 KOs) on October 7 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Province, Japan.

The contest is part of the first round of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) bantamweight tournament.

Inoue is the recorgnized frontrunner to emerge triumphant in this tournament, with participants such as current world champions - WBA 'super' champ Ryan Burnett, IBF champ Emmanuel Rodriguez, and WBO champ Zolani Tete. Also in the tournament - Nonito Donaire, Jason Moloney, and Mikhail Aloyan.


In his most recent fight, the sensational Inoue, demolishing Jamie McDonnell in the first round to capture a third divisional belt.

Inoue said: "First of all, I never thought that my fight in this great WBSS event will be held in Yokohama. I feel pride that I will be able to have see action in Yokohama as the first Japanese participant in WBSS, where I will have to submit a maximum pugilistic performance - in search of a knockout in my favor so that Japanese boxing will collect more enthusiasm with fireworks.

"[Becoming a unified champion is] well worth it to throw more desire to myself to be able to achieve a great victory by beating everyone in the WBSS, although it will not be easy.

"I fully realize that the Japanese boxing fans have great expectations in me, I am proud to be a huge favorite of the Japanese fans so that I will be able to succeed beautifully in the WBSS."

This pastt July in Moscow, there was a draft selection to define the first round fights of the WBSS and all of the bantamweight participants came face to face in Moscow.

On that occasion, Inoue's first wish was to fight with Donaire. But, Burnett was ahead of Inoue and named Donaire as his opponent. So for his destiny, Inoue selected Payano.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PrBoxing88 on 08-22-2018

[QUOTE=Mastrangelo;19040525]Payano can be tricky to fight - Curious about it... I think it's potentially the most complicated first round for Inoue - in contrast to weight-drained and old Donaire, rather ordinary International Nicaraguan Champion in Aloyan... Moloney could of been…

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 08-22-2018

[QUOTE=RGJTMMRDCMJRJSM;19040267]There's currently 3 WBA bantamweight champions. Ryan Burnett (19-0) = WBA [B]Super World[/B] Champion Naoya Inoue (16-0) = WBA [B]World[/B] Champion Reymart Gaballo (19-0) = WBA [B]Interim[/B] Champion It's disgusting how they kept doing this. Disappointing how this money hungry…

Comment by BigZ44 on 08-22-2018

[QUOTE=The Madison;19040507]Inoue picking the easiest option[/QUOTE] I actually think he picked the toughest, Payano would have beaten Burnett and maybe even Tete imo

Comment by BigZ44 on 08-22-2018

Wonder what time this will be on?

Comment by pillowfists98 on 08-22-2018

[QUOTE=The Madison;19040507]Inoue picking the easiest option[/QUOTE] I wouldn't say that. He's better in my opinion than Donaire who is washed up and Aloyan who is still a prospect. Either way I think Inoue will dominate this tournament and knock everybody…

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