It hasn’t come as something like stunning information, however Japanese celebrity Naoya Inoue has made it official: he’ll vacate his 4 bantamweight titles as he makes the transfer as much as 122 kilos in his subsequent struggle. Inoue held a press convention in the present day in Japan, throughout which “The Monster” confirmed what we already knew – he’ll look to turn out to be world champion in a fourth weight division, with the 29 12 months outdated’s objective being that of unifying the 122 pound division the way in which he unified the bantamweight division.
Inoue, good at 24-0(21) has nothing left to struggle, to perform, at bantamweight, and he’s now enthusiastic about going after extra prey.
“I’m vacating my titles and shifting as much as super-bantamweight, and I believe that objective can turn out to be a actuality within the close to future,” Inoue stated, amidst stories that say his subsequent struggle is already being negotiated. “There’s nothing left to do and nobody I wish to struggle within the bantamweight division. It will likely be a problem in opposition to opponents who’re greater than me however that is the actual struggle arising. I’m actually enthusiastic about it. Even shifting as much as super-bantamweight, I nonetheless wish to goal to turn out to be the undisputed champion. To be undisputed champion in two weight lessons can be a world’s first and a unbelievable achievement.”
Inoue, who gained his first world title down at light-flyweight, this again in 2014, went on to say how he feels it’ll take him the same period of time to unify the 122 pound division because it took him to unify all 4 belts at 118 kilos, this being 4 years and eight months. Inoue says the objective of unifying the belts at 122 will very seemingly be “the ultimate chapter for me.”
So, Inoue doesn’t plan on going any increased than 122, and at 5’5” tall, that is little doubt a sensible transfer. Turning into a legit world champion at 4 weights, being unified champ at two of these weights, would after all be a large accomplishment, one that may safe Inoue’s place within the historical past books (not that he hasn’t written his personal chapter already). However can Inoue, A: get the fights he desires at 122, and, B: can Inoue defeat the present champions at super-bantamweight? As followers know, Stephen Fulton at present holds the WBC and WBO titles on the weight, whereas Murodjon Akhmadaliev is the present champ with the WBA and the IBF.
Which ruling champion will Inoue struggle first on the new weight? 2023 guarantees to be one other thrilling 12 months for Naoya Inoue, and he himself could be the one that is probably the most excited in terms of his newest quest. May “The Monster” show to be a fighter who devours all in his path and retires with an unbeaten file when the time comes?