Generally, when a fighter decides a change of divisional surroundings is required, they usually go for a warm-up combat. Whether or not they’re growing or lowering their weight, it isn’t all the time a good suggestion to simply go for the highest canine within the division. Naoya Inoue, nonetheless, was not within the conventional route.
As a bantamweight, the Japanese star was just about unbeatable. He flattered Emmanuel Rodriguez, embarrassed Jason Moloney and crushed Paul Butler. Even in his solely shut combat in opposition to Nonito Donaire, Inoue (24-0, 21 KOs) made amends of their rapid rematch, stopping him within the second spherical.
There was nothing extra to show to Inoue. He is racked up each main world title and could not provide you with a foolish problem at 118 kilos. So, with new targets in thoughts, the pound-for-pound luminary will formally transfer up in weight to tackle tremendous bantamweight chief Stephen Fulton. Though there was a chance for Inoue to face a a lot lesser identify, he did not imagine it was a path he ought to take.
“At this level, attending to tremendous bantamweight – I truthfully thought I did not want a tune-up,” Inoue instructed High Rank Boxing.
Fulton, 29, has put in an infinite quantity of labor over time. But regardless of holding each the WBO and WBC 122-pound titles, he finds himself the underdog for the primary time in his profession.
The betting public’s assist is appreciated, however Inoue is not completely smitten with their phrases. Having began his profession as little as 108 kilos, Inoue is aware of full nicely that his rise in weight is neither straightforward nor regular.
“From there, will probably be an actual problem. It is my fifth weight class so I am pushing the bounds of my construct, my limits. Even I do not know the way it will end up.