Takuma Inoue Breaks Hand
Takuma Inoue suffered a fractured right hand, forcing him to withdraw from his Dec. 30 fight against bantamweight title holder Marlon Tapales at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Ohashi Promotions announced. Takuma Inoue (8-0, 2 KOs), a 20-year-old prodigy from Japan, suffered the injury in a sparring session Friday night. He was supposed to challenge Tapales (29-2, 12 KOs), a southpaw from the Philippines but Ohashi Promotions is still looking for a suitable replacement at the moment.
Takuma’s injury is unfortunate because if healthy he would be headlining the event with older brother Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs). Naoya Inoue will defend his junior bantamweight world title for the fourth time when he faces former titleholder and countryman Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13 KOs).
The card also features another world title bout when junior flyweight titlist Akira Yaegashi (24-5, 12 KOs) will defend his belt against for the second time against an opponent to be determined.
Japan historically enjoys ringing in the new year with multiple fight cards happening throughout the evening at multiple venues. On New Year’s Eve there are five more world title bouts in Japan spread across three cards.