The world super flyweight champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Japan's Naoya Inoue, will be defending his crown for the seventh time when he faces Frenchman Yoan Boyeaux in the main event of a card which will take place next Saturday at the Bunka. Gym in Yokohama, Japan. The fight is organized by Ohashi Promotions, and tops a Japanese television broadcast. Photos by Naoki Fukada.
The boxer known as the "Monster" Inoue is one of the best 115 pound fighters in the world.
Inoue is a solid fighter who comes to impress with a solid performance against Antonio Nieves, which took place on September 9 on the billboard "SuperFly" which was broadcast by HBO and took place in Carson, California, United States.
That fight was Inoue's debut on American soil, but he took this third commitment of 2017 before the year closes out, to stay active and further himself as the star of Japanese boxing.
Inoue, 24 years old, was already a World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight champion, and has a record of 14-0, with 12 knockouts. He won the WBO super flyweight title in December 2014, by crushing Argentina's Omar Narvaez. Since then, he has accumulated successful defenses over Warlito Parrenas, David Carmona, Karoon Jarupianlerd, Kohei Kono, Ricardo Rodriguez and Nieves.
Possibly in 2018, Inoue will do some fighting in the United States, but before that he will have to fulfill this commitment against the Frenchman Boyeaux, who arrived over the weekend in Japan.
The 29-year-old Boyeaux has a record of 41-4, with 26 knockouts. His last defeat that he suffered was in January 2012, but since then he's had has a total of 31 victories.
This year he had only one victory over Mishiko Shubitidze, but he is at a good moment in his career. As an interesting fact, Boyeaux suffered the first defeat of his career against former world champion Carl Frampton, in just his third professional bout.