Inoue Clinches Japan’s Boxer Of The Year Award

Naoya Inoue picked up Japan’s Boxer of the Year at the Japanese Boxing Commission and Sportswriters Club event. 

Inoue had a memorable 2023, becoming the Undisputed Super Bantamweight Champion of the World. Stoppage wins over Stephen Fulton and then Marlon Tapales secured him all the belts to become a two-weight undisputed champion in the four-belt following the same feat at bantamweight. 

Inoue joined Terence Crawford as the only other fighter in the four-belt era to achieve that. The Japanese has announced his intention to stay at 122 pounds for the time being, with reports he will defend his belts against Luis Nery in May. ‘The Monster’ has now been rewarded for his achievements. 

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“I wish to keep winning until the end of my career,” Inoue said 

Inoue is currently ranked number two in the Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound rankings, making him one of boxing’s best fighters. The next step for Inoue will be to increase his brand outside of Japan. The boxer primarily fights in his native country, but if he desires to be a crossover star, big fights in the US or Saudi Arabia must follow. Based on his team’s prior comments, that is a possibility. 

“For [Inoue’s] next fight, I’m thinking about bigger venues, and I’m also thinking about Saudi Arabia. The Tokyo Dome is an option,” Mr. Ohashi ( Inoue’s promoter)

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