Naoya Inoue provided his personal tackle the large title to come back out of his subsequent title problem.
A prolonged debate within the boxing group adopted the speech given by Wahid Rahim, the top coach of WBC/WBO junior featherweight titlist Stephen Fulton, who accused Inoue of “piling up” his bandages. Claims made at Saturday’s pre-fight press convention are that the approach utilized by the undefeated former three-division champion creates a simulated forged round his palms, which he desires to handle earlier than struggle night time.
Inoue did not have a lot to say on the matter through the press convention, however made positive to talk his thoughts in each Japanese and English as soon as he addressed the difficulty to his social media followers. He additionally provided some recommendation to the opposite aspect.
“Do not suck it. Simply Battle,” the undefeated Yokohama native advised forward of his bid to turn out to be a four-division champion.
Fulton-Inoue headlines a present that may air reside Tuesday on Lemino in Japan and on ESPN+ in america from Ariake Area in Tokyo. Most pundits picked Inoue (24-0, 21KOs) to topple long-reigning Fulton (21-0, 8KOs), who has held the WBO title since January 2021 and is trying his third title protection total.
It needs to be famous that Philadelphia’s Fulton mentioned nothing in any respect on the topic. In actual fact, Rahim revealed the boxer requested him to not elevate the matter, though the 42-year-old coach – who has been with Fulton since his January 2021 WBO title win over Angelo Leo – felt he needed to say one thing to guard his fighter’s security.
The speech got here with the risk that Fulton – who’s preventing in Japan for the primary time – wouldn’t be allowed within the ring until the matter is resolved.
Nonetheless, the decision already complies with the foundations of the Japanese boxing fee. The approach through which Inoue’s palms are wrapped – tape to the pores and skin, then gauze, then repeating on this sequence – is permitted in Japan and in addition in a number of commissions in america, whereas others name the approach “stacking”.
“Japan has its personal native guidelines,” famous Inoue, who has additionally fought in Glasgow, Las Vegas and the larger Los Angeles space. “Even in america, there are native guidelines relying on the state, and the strategy (of packaging) is totally different.
“Our struggle might be in Japan on the twenty fifth, so in fact I’ll comply with Japanese guidelines.”
Inoue beforehand held titles at junior flyweight, junior bantamweight and bantamweight. His eleventh-round knockout of Paul Butler on December 13 noticed Inoue turn out to be the primary to utterly unify the bantamweight division within the multi-belt period and the primary Asian of any weight to take action. A victory on Tuesday will see him turn out to be the primary Japanese boxer to assert unified title standing in two or extra weight lessons.
Jake Donovan is Senior Author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox