Naoya Inoue vs Marlon Tapales Planned for Boxing Day

Steve Kim is reporting that Bob Arum has confirmed the plan is for Naoya Inoue (25-0,22 KO) vs Marlon Tapales (37-3, 19 KO) to take place on Boxing Day, December 26, 2023.

Inoue’s earned his WBC and WBO junior featherweight titles with a win over Stephen Fulton, while Marlon Tapales, holds the IBF and WBA belts, which he earned in his last victory over Murodjon Akhmadaliev. Inoue’s most recent victory made him just the 22nd man in boxing history to earn titles in four different weight classes, and this fight with Tapales offers him the opportunity to become undisputed in a second weight class.

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“I want to fight Naoya Inoue because I want to prove myself that, you know, I’m a champion,” Marlon Tapales said in front of the pro-Inoue crowd. “Let’s do this!” Inoue replied in Japanese.

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