Emanuel ‘Vaquero’ Navarrete has already made it clear that a fight against Japanese superstar Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue would keep him at 122 pounds for the moment. Now the Mexican champion assures that the ‘Monster’ would not have a lot of possibilities in victory against him since “he is very clam, soft” inside the ring.

The World Boxing Organization Jr. Featherweight World Champion reiterated his desire to face Inoue before moving up to featherweight.

Navarrete (32-1, 28 KOs) is coming off a stay-busy fight. He he defeated Uriel López on June 20 in Mexico City to secure his sixth victory since December 2018, when he beat Isaac Dogboe to be crowned champion.

“I would do well against Inoue, thanks to my ferocity and dedication. You guys saw Dogboe, who I can’t say is Inoue, but he was greatly feared at super bantamweight at the time and when I was told about the fight I took on the challenge knowing he had flaws and shortcomings. I used took my ferocity, my will and my come-forward punching,” said Navarrete to ESPN Deportes.

“Inoue, and I say this with much respect, I do not see a lot of possibilities of winning [against me], I view him as very docile, soft. I don’t think he can take what Dogboe put up with, and so it’s like a bonus. [Inoue] is fast and has good combinations, but Dogboe connected on me and he did not hurt me. Comparing them, I don’t give Inoue as many possibilities [to win]. ”

Inoue (19-0, 16 KO) is considered to be one of the best boxers in the world. He was scheduled to face WBO world champon John Riel Casimero in a unification fight before the coronavirus pandemic hit. That contest would have been his first under a promotional deal with Top Rank.

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A busy Day 1 at the 32nd WBO Convention in Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan – The 32nd annual WBO convention officially began yesterday at the luxurious Tokyo Dome Hotel with the first day packed with meetings and other activities.

The Executive Meeting took off with the President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Championship Committee Report, Grievance Committee Report, and annual presentations given by the regional directors of the WBO Latino, WBO International, WBO Europe, WBO Inter-Continental, WBO Global, WBO Asia Pacific, WBO Africa, WBO China Zone and NABO.

On safety issues, the priority of this convention:

“The doctors in the ring have to be prepared for the possibility of a fighter being seriously injured, including the possibility of brain damage. Sometimes the supervisors don’t know about medical procedures and doctor specialized care for these situations”, WBO President Francisco Valcárcel, Esq, said. “Supervisors should work to enforce our rules. Sometimes the doctor is a general practitioner. Sometimes they don’t know or ask about the distance from the fight venue to the hospital or if the hospital have a neurologist or neurosurgeon available that night. Not everybody can be a supervisor or a doctor in a boxing match.”

“If you’re dealing with boxing, the best doctor to work a fight should be a neurologist or neurosurgeon,” Valcárcel added.

WBO Legal Advisor Andre Horn stated: “It’s clear we are not here to run the show in a boxing event but to enforce the WBO rules. We want to protect not only the WBO fighters but all fighters. We are all brothers.”

At the end of the session, the Japanese press interviewed Valcárcel and asked about a possible bout between Japanese star and Bantamweight World Champion Naoya Inoue and newly crowned WBO Bantamweight World Champion Johnriel Casimero, of the Philippines.

“We have been working on that fight. Inoue got a contract to fight in America with Top Rank. Manny Pacquiao is Casimero’s promoter. He’s very close to WBO too. Before the fight between Tete and Casimero, I talked to Casimero’s team, Frank Warren, Team Tete, Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao to make the unification fight with Inoue possible early next year. Inoue is in an elite position and needs elite fights. And I can assure you that if something happened during this convention, I can give you the date of the fight this week. Carl Moretti, VP of Top Rank, and Sean Gibbons, representing Casimero’s team are here in Tokyo. For sure they will start a conversation for that fight. It will be a tough fight for both. We are talking about two elite fighters.”

The night concluded with a Welcome Cocktail Party for all members and participants at MLB CAFÉ (Tokyo Dome City).

Photos by Robert Richard / WBO

Date:  Saturday, September 9, 2017


Location: StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA

Promoter:  Teiken Promotions – Akihiko Honda / Promociones Zanfer – Fernando Beltran

Supervisor:   Richard De Cuir

Referee: Lou Moret

Judges:  Larry Hazzard Jr., Fernando Villareal, Zac Young

Results:   The WBO Jr. Bantamweight Champion Naoya Inoue,retained his 115-pound belt for the sixth time against Antonio Nieves by a sixth-round knockout victory.

TV:  USA HBO, Panama RPC Channel 4, Latin America: Canal Space

Date:  Sunday, May 21, 2017

WBO Junior Bantamweight Championship Title Bout

Location: Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo,  Japan

Promoter:   Ohashi Promotions / Hideyuky Ohashi

Supervisor:   Tsuyoshi Yasukochi 

Referee:  Ramon Peña

Judges:   Lisa Giampa (20-18), Patrick Morley (20-18), Larry Hazzard Jr. (20-18)  

Results:  The WBO Champion Naoya Inoue retained the WBO Junior Bantamweight Title against Ricardo Rodriguez by  KO’ed in the third round.



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Unbeaten Naoya “Monster” Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs), 115, scored his fifth defense of his WBO 115-pound belt as he made short work of mandatory challenger Ricardo Rodriguez (16-4, 5 KOs), 114.5, knocking him out at 1:08 of the third round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

Inoue decked the Mexican-born US citizen with a countering left hook for the second time of the fatal round, and Rodriguez couldn’t beat the count of referee Ramon Pena from Puerto Rico. Naoya looked too strong and fast for the apparently overmatched Ricardo.

It’s a very lopsided affair, but this reporter describes the official scores before the spectacular knockout for record-keeping. Lisa Giampa, Pat Morley and Larry Hazzard Jr. (all from US) identically tallied 20-18 after the second session.

As Naoya reviewed “This was my best performance,” he looked sharp and speedy from the outset. Fleet of foot and fast of hand, Inoue began to show he was superior to Rodriguez, jabbing sharply with precision. The Mexican-born challenger who speaks Spanish more fluently than English despite his US nationality attempted to mix it up in the close range, and once forced the champ to the ropes with a flurry of punches. Averting all, Inoue quickly turned around and kept outpunching the game but limited challenger after he probably realized Ricardo’s punching power and hand speed. 

The second witnessed Naoya’s new weapon, that is, switch-hitting. He, midway in round two, switched so smoothly that we temporarily didn’t realize he switched to southpaw stance, but he had the crowd stunned with his solid and strong southpaw left that almost bucked the knee of Rodriguez twice. Inoue was like Hamed.

Inoue, with remarkable reflexes, always tries to hit without getting hit in the ring and in the gym as well, and did the same this night. He averted all punches thrown by the WBO Latino 115-pound champ with his shifty footwork and quick upper body movement.

Naoya sent him to the deck with a quick three-punch combination, the last of which was a very well-timed short left hook. Rodriguez gamely raised himself and resumed fighting. Inoue, however, exploded a Sugar Ray Robinson countering left hook against Gene Fullmer with Ricardo’s legs seemingly paralyzed against his will to stand up and fight on. The third man mercilessly tolled the fatal ten.

The winner, 24, coolly said in the ring, “People said I was a prohibitive favorite, but I was very careful about my overconfidence or carelessness. I’m happy to win as planned. Since I had my composure, I attempted switching to southpaw. I’m satisfied with solid southpaw lefts that almost stunned Rodriguez with only seventh percent of power behind the shots. Yes, my next will be in the US, which I am very much looking forward to. I wish to show my real power in the ring of the States. In the future I hope to invade in the bantam or super-bantam categories.”

The crestfallen loser Rodriguez, 27, gloomily said, “The fight was going on as our fight plan, but Inoue was a great champion with very strong counterpunch.”

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Japanese champion Naoya Inoue celebrates after defeating Ricardo Rodriguez of the U.S. in their WBO super flyweight boxing world title match in Tokyo, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Inoue knocked out Rodriguez in the third round to defend his title. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

Japanese champion Naoya Inoue celebrates after defeating Ricardo Rodriguez of the U.S. in their WBO super flyweight boxing world title match in Tokyo, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Inoue knocked out Rodriguez in the third round to defend his title. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

Japanese champion Naoya Inoue celebrates after knocking out challenger Ricardo Rodriguez of the U.S. in the third round of their WBO super flyweight boxing world title match in Tokyo, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Inoue defeated Rodriguez in the round to defend his title. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

Japanese champion Naoya Inoue celebrates after knocking out challenger Ricardo Rodriguez of the U.S. in the third round of their WBO super flyweight boxing world title match in Tokyo, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Inoue defeated Rodriguez in the round to defend his title. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

Japan's Naoya Inoue poses with his WBO super flyweight champion belt after defeating Ricardo Rodriguez of the U.S. in their boxing world title match in Tokyo, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Inoue knocked out Rodriguez in the third round to defend the title. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

Japan’s Naoya Inoue poses with his WBO super flyweight champion belt after defeating Ricardo Rodriguez of the U.S. in their boxing world title match in Tokyo, Sunday, May 21, 2017. Inoue knocked out Rodriguez in the third round to defend the title. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)


Credit: Additional photos / Toru Takahashi / Associated Press

Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
WBO supervisor: Tsuyoshi Yasukochi (Japan)



Yaegashi defends light flyweight crown for third time

WBO super flyweight champion and Japanese phenom Naoya Inoue had no problem safely extending his title defense streak to four, defeating ex-WBA champ and compatriot Kohei Kono with a sixth-round technical knockout in a year-end boxing show at Ariake Colosseum on Friday.

The 36-year-old Kono, who lost his title to Luis Concepcion of Panama in August, fought aggressively from the beginning. But Inoue kept his poise throughout the match with a hit-and-away strategy.

The champion landed a counter left about 40 seconds into the sixth round, from which Kono barely stood up. But Inoue finished it moments later as he rushed to Kono raining blows.

The stoppage time was 1 minute, 59 seconds remaining in the round.

“I felt good on that one,” said Inoue, who stayed unbeaten with a 12-0-0 record in his professional career, of his counter left that delivered the fight’s first knockdown of Kono.

Inoue said that his game plan was to capitalize on Kono’s aggressive style of fighting, letting him come forward and then land counter blows.

“We thought that he wouldn’t come against me in different ways,” the 23-year-old said of Kono’s fighting style. “I had patterns to attack on him from myself as well, but we stuck to our game plan to let him attack on me and it worked that way tonight. I thought I was able to watch my opponent well, instead of keep swinging my punches.”

Kono, dubbed “Tough Boy,” had said that retirement crossed his mind after his WBA belt slipped out of his hands during the summer, yet didn’t offer specific details about his future after Friday’s bout by saying, “I’ll take some rest, and think of what I’ll do.”

There’s been speculation that Inoue will have a fight against WBC super flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez, who’s arguably the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer with a 46-0-0 record, in the near future.

Inoue said that he wants to have the potential big match against the Nicaraguan, though he and his gym president Hideyuki Ohashi said that it’s getting harder for the Japanese boxer to stay in the weight class.

“It’ll be a matter of my weight and the timing (of the fight),” Inoue said.

In the other world title match at Ariake Colosseum, three-division champion Akira Yaegashi struggled but managed to post a 12th-round TKO win over Thailand’s Samartlek Kokietgym, defending his IBF light flyweight belt for the third time.

“I could’ve finished it earlier, but I had hard times fighting against (Samartlek),” Yaegashi, 33, said. “My corner gave me the green light (in the 12th round), so I did go, and I feel relieved I was able to knock him out.”

Meanwhile, London Olympic middleweight gold medalist Ryota Murata dropped Mexican opponent Bruno Sandoval to the canvas with a right in the third round to post a KO victory.

“My opponent today was the strongest (among the four I faced this year), so it gave me confidence,” said Murata, who improved his pro record to 12-0.

Asked if he’d like to challenge for a world title soon, he quickly responded, saying, “I want to do it next.”

Murata debuted as a pro at Ariake in 2013, but he said that he wasn’t in a position to say he’d aim for a world championship at that time. Three years later, however, he feels he’s finally reached a point he can say so.

Akihiko Honda, Murata’s gym boss at Teiken Gym, said that the boxer would have a legitimate chance of challenging WBO middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders. Honda added that if a speculated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bout happens, it means Alvarez won’t fight against Saunders and Saunders could meet Murata instead.

Also on Friday’s undercard, London Olympic bantamweight bronze medalist Satoshi Shimizu landed a perfect right to earn a third-round KO over the Philippines’ Carlo Pepito Demecillo in his second pro bout.

“I perfectly hit his chin with my right between my index and middle fingers,” Shimizu said. “I’m pleased I was able to entertain the fans a little bit, though I wanted to fight a little longer.”



Date:   Friday, December 30, 2016


Location: Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan

Promoter:  Ohashi Promotions / Hideyuki Ohashi

Supervisor:  István Kovács

Referee: Robert Byrd

Judges:  Zoltan Enyedi, Takeshi Shimakawa, Katsuhiko Nakamura

Results: Naoya Inoue wins by KO @ 2:00 of the 6th Round



Report, photos by Joe Koizumi

Inoue brothers will appear in the same show to fight for the WBO belts in Tokyo on December 30. It was announced by Ohashi Promotions on Wednesday. WBO junior bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs), making his fourth defense, will face former WBA titlist, veteran compatriot Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13 KOs) in a sensational matchup. His younger brother, Takuma Inoue (8-0, 2 KOs), only 20, will have an ambitious crack at the WBO bantam throne against Filipino hard-punching southpaw Marlon Tapales (29-2, 12 KOs). Also, IBF junior flyweight titleholder Akira Yaegashi (24-5, 12 KOs) will appear on the same card. An elongated southpaw, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Satoshi Shimizu (1-0, 1 KO)will fight his second pro bout on the undercard.

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Date:   Sunday, September 4, 2016


Location:   Sky Arena, Zama, Kanagawa, Japan

Promoter:  Ohashi Promotions / Hideyuki Ohashi

Supervisor:  Leon Panoncillo

Referee:  Mark Nelson

Judges:  Patrick J. Morley, Louis Moret, Daniel V. Sandoval

Results:   The WBO Jr. Bantamweight Champion Naoya Inoue retained his title as he kept battering top contender Karoon Jarupianlerd (aka Petchbangborn Kokietgym) swept all rounds and finally knocked him out at 3:03 of the tenth round.


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Unbeaten Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs), 115, impressively retained his WBO junior bantamweight belt as he kept battering top contender Petchbangborn Kokietgym (38-8-1, 18 KOs), 115, swept all rounds and finally knocked him out at 3:03 of the tenth round on Sunday in Zama, Kanagawa, Japan. Inoue, making his third defense against all #1 contenders, displayed a complete control of the contest, but the game Thailander withstood his assault and amazingly showed his persistent retaliation. But Inoue finally accelerated his attack so furiously that he had the challenger sprawling to the deck for the count tolled by the referee Mark Nelson of the US.

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Unbeaten WBO junior bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8 KOs), 115, retained his belt in his second defense when he dropped #1 David Carmona (17-2-4, 6 KOs), 114, from Mexico, with furious combinations in the final session, had him on the verge of a knockout and pounded out a unanimous decision on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Eduardo Ligas (Philippines) and Sawaeng Thaweekoon (Thailand) both 118-109, Ramon Cerdan (Argentina) 116-111, all in favor of the 23-year-old defending champ. The referee was Eddie Claudio (US) who worked well to handle the fast-moving contestants.

It was such a one-sided affair that Carmona, 26, showed only his heart and durability against the formidable titlist. Naoya finally caught up with the game Mexican with a last surge, badly dropped him close to a knockout, but Carmona barely stood up and resumed fighting. Should the third man have been Richard Steele, it would have been halted even with some seconds remaining in the final stanza. But Carmona managed to last the distance as he gamely withstood Inoue’s continual and constant attacks. We truly praised his tremendous gameness.

The first round saw Inoue almost bring home the bacon with very vicious overhand rights to the face of the bewildered Mexican, who barely endured the champ’s opening attack with his high and tight guard. Utilizing left jabs to probe the cautious challenger in rounds three and four, Inoue took the initiative and scored with left-right combinations and solid left hooks to the face.

Inoue, in the fifth, went out for a kill as he furiously accelerated his attack upstairs and downstairs, sending him backward from pillar to post. Carmona showed his great endurance by covering himself up with both hands and attempted to fight back gamely. It’s Carmona that turned aggressive not to have the fight stopped in the sixth, when Inoue effectively retaliated with solid left hooks and right crosses with precision. The champ was also in command in the seventh, throwing good jabs and crisp rights to the side of the belly.

Only one round that Carmona apparently took was the eighth, when Inoue had the Mexican release punches to have himself on the defensive in order to find good openings to counterpunch with right timing. Inoue kept only jabbing without throwing solid shots in this session to save his energy and draw Carmona’s attack to have him open for counters. The eighth was also taken by the champ who kept throwing jabs and left-right combos against the shell-guarded Mexican.

The tenth witnessed Inoue become a Muhammad Ali, beautifully circling and jabbing with his swift footwork to attract the audience. The champ repeatedly landed strong rights to the side of the belly to have him wince upon his absorption. Inoue, though admiring Carmona’s gameness and toughness, patiently kept jabbing and landing one-two combinations to the swollen face of the challenger in the eleventh.

The climax visited in the twelfth and final round, when Inoue finally turned loose with all what he had, and battered Carmona from all angles and had him reeling to the ropes. Connecting with very solid combos, Naoya at last decked him on all fours. Carmona amazingly pulled himself up and kept on fighting without surrender, and the final bell mercifully came to his rescue.

The lopsided victor Inoue disclosed why he couldn’t show an expected finish within the distance, saying, “I felt pain on the right hand when I hit the head of Carmona hard in the second, and tried to hurt him even only with the left hand. But midway in the contest, probably in round seven, I also felt pain on the left hand, so I changed my strategy to throw more jabs and hit the body rather than his head made of stone. I praise his heart that enabled him to last the distance.”

The badly battered loser Carmona said, “I admit Inoue was stronger than I. He’s clearly the winner. His attack in the last session was so furious that I knelt down to avoid his punches and fought on in the remainder of the round.”

It was our disappointment that we failed to watch Inoue’s greatly anticipated victory by a knockout, but his fierce attack in the final round may prove his abundant stamina and power as well due to his youth and hard training with his father/trainer Shingo.

Inoue, regarded as a Japanese Wilfredo Gomez, failed to score all knockouts in his title defenses, as Bazooka registered seventeen defenses all within the distance. But it might be a good lesson for the young champ, just in ten professional bouts after his debut in 2012, that he faced such a tremendously durable opponent as Carmona. It was Japanese Fuji Television rather than Carmona that was afraid of Inoue’s too quick demolition and seemingly was happy to show nationwide the dramatic knockdown in the final session.

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By Jim Dower:

In a fight that was a lot tougher than the scores handed down by the judges, undefeated WBO World super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (10-0, 8 KOs had to struggle to defeat #1 WBO challenger David Carmona (17-2-4, 6 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Sunday night at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.

Inoue, 23, hurt the 25-year-old Carmona with a right hand in the 12th round, and knocked him down with a flurry of shots. Carmona was able to get back up and weather a storm of nonstop power shots to the head to make it to the final bell.

Carmona was fortunate the referee didn’t stop the fight because he clearly could have given how hurt he was and how he had stopped throwing punches in the last 20 seconds of the fight.

The final judges’ scores were 118-109, 118-109 and 116-111.

Carmona landed a lot of big shots in this fight, and was able to back Inoue up frequently with his heavy blows. Before this fight, Inoue had dominated his opposition and not had many problems. Carmona was a lot more difficult than any of the guys that Inoue had faced before. Inoue was pretty well bruised up by the end of the contest. The Ultimate cbd oil reviews trick.

It was a good win for Inoue but the fight showed that he’ll have a lot of problems if Roman Gonzalez moves up in weight to challenge him in the super flyweight division.


Date:   Sunday, May 8, 2016


Location:   Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan

Promoter:    Ohashi Promotions / Hideyuki Ohashi

Supervisor:  Luis Perez

Referee: Eddie Claudio

Judges:  Edward Ligas (118-109); Ramon Cerdan (116-111); Sawaeng Thaweekoon (118-109)

Results:  The WBO Jr. Bantamweight Champion Naoya Inoue retained the title against David Carmona by Unanimous Decision.


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WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue retained his title for the second time with a unanimous decision against top-ranked Mexican David Carmona on Sunday.


The-23-year-old Inoue went on the offensive from the first round of the second bout, making good use of his left hooks and straight rights and landing blow after blow to knock Carmona off balance in the fifth.

Although Carmona made a fight of it in the second half of the match, Inoue came up with more strong rights in the 12th round to the result beyond doubt.

Inoue, however, was less than happy about his performance.

“I have betrayed expectations spectacularly and I am sorry for that. It was an embarrassing fight,” he said. “Carmona was tough, he defended solidly and it was hard to break him down.”

Inoue has won all 10 of his fights, eight of them by knockout, and Carmona has 17 wins (6 KOs) against two losses and four draws.




Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi

There was a medical exam today (Thursday) for the forthcoming WBO/IBF world title doubleheader in Tokyo, Japan. The results were as follows:

For WBO junior bantamweight (115 lb) title bout
Height: 163.7 cm (5’4.5”)/162.7 cm (5’4”)
Chest: 91 cm (35’10”)/93 cm (36’7”)
Reach: 173 cm (68’)/168 cm (66’)

For IBF junior flyweight (108 lb) title bout
Height: 160.8 cm (5’3”)/162.5ccm (5’4”)
Chest: 89 cm (35’)/91 cm (35’10”)
Reach: 165 cm (65’)/168 cm (66’)

To be frank with you, this reporter really realized the size of “Monster” Inoue at today’s medical exam. Every Japanese boxing people, including former world champions and influential promoters here, admit Naoya Inoue’s extraordinary talents in hard-punching, speed on food and hand, reflexes to avert punches of his opponent, and some describe him as the best ever produced in Japan, even including Fighting Harada, Kuniaki Shibata, Yoko Gushiken, Jiro Watanabe, etc.


Inoue, now still 23, has displayed tremendous performance in nine professional bouts and in sparring sessions (where he beat up almost every name partners including Yaegashi, Malcolm Tunacao, Yu Muranaka, other name Filipino boxers including Rocky Fuentes, Sony Boy Jaro, Rey Loreto, Giovanni Escaner, etc.). At this stage of his career we admit Naoya is superb and special enough to be called the best of the best in our Japanese boxing history.

But Inoue truly is small. He is only 5’4.5” in height and weighs only 115 pounds plus, though he usually weighs some ten pounds over the junior bantam limit. At this moment, Inoue, Japan’s Mighty Atom, may defeat Roman Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras, and other champions un to the bantam category. But can he or will he be able to defeat Guillermo Rigondeaux, Carl Frampton and/or Leo Santa Cruz?

This reporter personally thinks it is very possible that Inoue, even now, can beat up and knock out Rigondeaux, Frampton and/or Santa Cruz. These boxers don’t master how to put the weight behind his punch, so they are all soft-punching pugilists depending only on fast combination punching, while Inoue can sink or finish his opponent with a single shot with precision.

But problem is his size. This reporter wonders whether Inoue will be able to defeat Adrian Broner even if Monster can punch much harder than Problem. Anyway, “Monster” Inoue will defend his belt against WBO top contender Carmona on Sunday and may try to demonstrate his tremendous talents against name opponents in the US, but there may be unfortunately a physical limit for Inoue to go over the wall.

This world title twinbll will be presented by Hideyuki Ohashi, former WBC/WBA world 105-pound champion and now promoter of Ohashi Promotions.


Date:   Tuesday,  December 29, 2015


Location:   Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan

Promoter:    Ohashi Promotions / Hideyuki Ohashi

Supervisor:  Luis Perez

Referee:  Mike Ortega

Judges:  Pat Russell, Levi Martinez, Patrick Morley

Results:   The champion Naoya Inoue retained the WBO Jr. Bantamweight Title against Warlito Parrenas by TKO on the 2nd. round.



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Warlito Parrenas was no match for WBO junior bantamweight titleholder Naoya Inoue, being stopped in two rounds in Tokyo, Japan

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Warlito Parrenas fell well short in his first world title opportunity on Tuesday, December 29, as he was stopped in two rounds by WBO junior bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan. The time of stoppage was 1:20.

Parrenas (24-7-1, 21 knockouts) of Cadiz City, Philippines was no match for the speed and power of the 22-year-old Inoue (9-0, 8 knockouts), being dropped early in round two along the ropes. Parrenas, 32, rose up on unsteady legs, attempting to fight back before being dropped again by a right cross, followed by two left hooks as he was on the way down. Parrenas banged the canvas to show his frustration but was deemed unable to continue by referee Mike Ortega.

The loss is Parrenas’ first since 2012, when he was knocked out in one round by Oscar Blanquet, also in Japan. Parrenas had been unbeaten in 8 straight fights heading into the bout, but had been held to a draw by David Carmona in a fight for the interim WBO title in July.

The win was Inoue’s first fight in a year, as he was sidelined for most of 2015 due to a hand injury. In 2014 Inoue accomplished one of the most difficult of feats, winning world titles in two separate divisions. He stopped Adrian Hernandez to earn the WBC junior flyweight title, before defeating Omar Narvaez last year for the junior bantamweight title he currently owns.

One more Filipino boxer will get a crack at a world title before the year ends when former national amateur standout Vic Saludar faces WBO strawweight titleholder Kosei Tanaka on New Year’s Eve in Nagoya, Japan. –


Naoya Inoue

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By Joe Koizumi –

Sensational and superb two-class titlist, WBO junior bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7 KOs), just 21, had his right hand injury thoroughly examined once again on Wednesday and his manager/promoter Hideyuki Ohashi, former WBC/WBA 105-pound champ, announced that his two-time world champ would be back in August. Inoue is strenuously training with his father/trainer Shingo only with the left hand, but beats up every sparring partner without using the injured right hand.

Inoue is hoped to beat not only the national record of thirteen consecutive defenses now held by ex-WBA junior fly champ Yoko Gushiken (who is inducted into the International Hall of Fame this year) but also seventeen defenses straight all by knockout still kept by the legendary Wilfredo Gomez. Inoue’s strength consists in his power and precision, since his jab is as strong as his opponent’s straight right and his accuracy is superb enough. We are eager to watch Inoue fight soon, but his handler Ohashi cautiously has his vastly talented champ patient until his complete recovery, even though he may be able to defend his WBO belt only with his left hand.



Según la Comisión de Boxeo de Japón (JBC), el boxeo de este país cerró 2014 con un total de 16 monarcas mundiales: nueve hombres y siete mujeres, aunque cabe subrayar que incluyen al mexicano Carlos Cuadras y al venezolano Carlos Linares, porque han hecho su carrera aquí y son representados por el promotor Akihiko Honda.

Los monarcas varones son: el peso paja de la OMB y de la FIB, Katsunari Takayama; el minimosca de la AMB, Ryoichi Taguchi; el supermosca de la OMB, Naoya Inoue; el supermosca de la AMB, Kohei Kono; el supermosca del WBC, Carlos Cuadras; el gallo del WBC, Shinsuke Yamanaka; el ligero del WBC, Jorge Linares; el superpluma de la AMB, Takashi Uchiyama; el superpluma del WBC, Takashi Miura.

Las reinas universales son: la peso átomo del WBC, Momo Koseki; la peso átomo de la OMB, Nao Ikeyama; la peso mínimo de la AMB, Ayaka Miyao; la peso paja del WBC, Yuko Kuroki; la peso mínimo de la OMB, Kimiko Seeser IKehara; la minimosca de la FIB, Naoko Shibata; la supermosca de la AMB, Naoko Fujioka.

El japonés invicto campeón mundial gallo de la OMB, Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda, no es considerado, por estar fuera de la administración de la JBC.

Dada la votación de personas de organismos de información pública y cronistas, a petición de la JBC y la Asociación de Boxeo Profesional de Japón, para elegir a los púgiles más destacados de 2014, los galardonados son:

El sensacional imbatido rey supermosca de la OMB, Naoya Inoue, se distingue con tres premios al mismo tiempo. Se llevó los de Mejor Boxeador de 2014 en Japón, Noqueador del Año y Mejor Pelea, en la que noqueó en el segundo round al argentino Omar “Huracán” Narváez para conquistar la faja supermosca de la OMB en Tokio, el pasado 30 de diciembre.
El trofeo de Mejor Técnico es para el zurdo invicto campeón mundial gallo del WBC, Shinsuke Yamanaka.

El galardón de Victoria más Valiosa es para el monarca mínimo de la OMB y de la FIB, Katsunari Takayama, para convertirse en en el primer japonés en lograr cuatro cetros mundiales de la misma categoría de los cuatro principales organismos universales.

Momo Koseki es la Boxeadora del Año, por completar 14 defensas, nueva marca del boxeo japonés.

Naoya “Monstruo” Inoue (8-0, 7 KOs), de 21 años y de Ohashi Boxing Gym de la ciudad de Yokohama, conquistó el fajín minimosca del WBC al noquear al mexicano Adrián “Confesor” Hernández el pasado abril en Tokio. Renunció a ese cinto tras una defensa y el pasado 30 de diciembre, también en Tokio, hizo gala de su poder noqueador contra el argentino Omar “Huracán” Narváez, cuyo largo reinado se derrumbó en el segundo round, para proclamarse nuevo rey supermosca de la OMB.

El mánager-promotor de Naoya Inoue es el ex campeon mundial mínimo del WBC, Hideyuki Ohashi, de 49 años, quien planeaba comenzar negociaciones con los dirigentes del boricua McJoe Arroyo para que acepte venir a Japón a disputar la corona mundial supermosca de la OMB.

Naoya Inoue también es llamado “Duende del ring” o “Genio de Boxeo”.

Inoue está dispuesto a dar oportunidad al nicaragüense monarca mundial mosca del WBC, el nicaragüense Román “Chocolatito” González, en una gran pelea programada para fines de diciembre de 2015 en Japón.



By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Newly crowned, unbeaten two-class world champ in only eight professional bouts, WBO junior bantam kingpin Naoya Inoue, just 21, was named Japan’s Boxer of the Year by Japan Boxing Commission and Sports Writers Club. Inoue, in the amazing 2014, seized the WBC 108-pound belt by disposing of Adrian Hernandez in his sixth bout in April and jumped up two categories to dethrone formidable WBO defending titlist Omar Narvaez in just two sessions last December. Inoue was also rendered Knockout award thanks to his three KO wins in as many games—all with the world title at stake in the previous year.

His title-winning fight with Narvaez was elected Fight of the Year due to the shockingly quick demolition by the enfant terrible. Inoue, trained by his father, took only three holidays after his triumph over Narvaez and returned to his routine gym work at Ohashi Gym as usual. The sensational champ may grow stronger and smarter.

The Technique award was given unbeaten WBC bantam ruler Shinsuke Yamanaka, and the Valuable Victory award went to IBF/WBO 105-pound champ Katsunari Takayama due to his coronation to win the vacant belts by stopping his compatriot Go Odaira this December. The Fighting Spirit award was rendered to three outstanding boxers of unbeaten WBA super-feather titleholder Takashi Uchiyama, ex-WBC ruler Akira Yaegashi and a gallant loser to Guillermo Rigondeaux named Hisashi Amagasa. New WBA 108-pound champ Ryoichi Taguchi and unbeaten ex-Olympic middleweight gold medalist Ryota Murata were awarded the Effort prize. The Rookie citation was given unbeaten future world champ Kosei Tanaka, 19, who acquired the OPBF 105-pound belt only in his fourth bout. The female Boxing of the Year was unanimously WBC atomweight ruler Momo Koseki who registered fourteen successful defenses to her credit.

The award-giving ceremony will take place at the Korakuen Hall from 6 PM on January 23, when great many aficionados will gather to watch the star-studded carnival. Too many isn’t necessarily a good thing, as there were such world champs as WBC 130-pound ruler Takashi Miura, WBA 115-pounder champ Kohei Kono and WBO bantam titlist Tomoki Kameda out of eight Japanese champs that failed to be given any award. Don’t worry, and get it next year.


Naoya Inoue is a Japanese boxer. Current WBO Super Flyweight champion. He was born in Zama, Kanagawa, and is currently managed by Hideyuki Ohashi’s Ohashi Boxing Gym in Yokohama, Kanagawa.

Amateur career

Inoue won the Japanese Interscholastic Athletic Meeting and the Japanese Junior National Championships in 2009. In 2010, he took the bronze medal in the Asian Youth Championships in Tehran, Iran, and won the Japanese Junior Selection Tournament. He then participated in the AIBA Youth World Championships, but lost to Yosvany Veitía in the third preliminary round. He finished in the second place at the Japanese National Championships in the same year.

In July 2011, he took the gold medal in the 21st President’s Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia. He subsequently won the first place in the Japanese Interscholastic Athletic Meeting in that year. However, he was eliminated in the third round by Yosvany Veitía in the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships at the Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex in Baku, Azerbaijan, and lost to Birzhan Zhakypov in the final at the 2012 Asian Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan.[4] His amateur record was 75-6 (48 KOs and RSCs).

Professional career

Inoue turned professional in 2012. When he registered with the Ohashi Boxing Gym, he signed up with Ohashi never to fight against easy opponents, on his own will. His past fights and opponents have brought him confidence and courage.

On October 2, 2012, he fought against Filipino champion Crison Omayao, and won his debut via a fourth round knockout. After this victory, he won two straight victories over Thai champion Ngaoprajan Chuwatana and Japan’s number one-ranked boxer Yūki Sano.

In November 2014, he vacated his light flyweight title in order to challenge WBO Junior Bantamweight Champion Omar Andrés Narváez.


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Naoya Inoue knocked down Omar Narvaez four times in two rounds en route to winning a world junior bantamweight title

Only eight fights into his professional career, Japanese prodigy Naoya Inoue claimed his second world title in eight months on Tuesday as he scored four knockdowns and blew away junior bantamweight titleholder Omar Narvaez in the second round at Metropolitan Gym in Tokyo.

The fight headlined a card featuring three world title bouts, and the 21-year-old Inoue (8-0, 7 KOs) stole the show.

Although Narvaez, the long-reigning titleholder, fought predominantly at home in Argentina throughout his flyweight and junior bantamweight title reigns, the 39-year-old southpaw was no stranger to going on the road, having made title defenses in Italy, France and Spain and also unsuccessfully challenged then-bantamweight titlist Nonito Donaire in New York in 2011.

The aggressive Inoue knocked Narvaez (43-2-2, 23 KOs) down twice in the first round, flooring him for the first time with clean right hand to the head just 30 seconds into the fight. Thirty seconds later, he dropped Narvaez again with a short left hook to the temple.

Inoue applied heavy pressure for the rest of the round, but Narvaez made it to the bell. He was quickly in trouble again as Inoue dropped him to a knee with a quick counter left hook midway through the second round and then delivered a hammering left hook to the ribs to knock him down for the fourth time. Narvaez dropped to his knees, and referee Lou Moret counted him out as the round was ending, sending Inoue and his corner into a wild celebration.

Inoue, a seven-time Japanese amateur national champion who turned pro in October 2012, won his first world title in April in just his sixth pro fight. He challenged highly regarded Mexican junior flyweight titlist Adrian Hernandez on April 6 in Tokyo and won the 108-pound belt by sixth-round knockout.

After making one defense, an 11th-round knockout of Thailand’s Samartlek Kokietgym on Sept. 5 in Tokyo, Inoue, who said he could no longer make weight, jumped up to challenge Narvaez for his 115-pound title.

The loss very well could spell the end of Narvaez’s career. A 1996 and 2000 Olympian, Narvaez turned pro in 2000 and won a flyweight world title in 2002. He made 16 defenses before relinquishing the belt in 2009 to move up in weight. In 2010, he claimed a vacant junior bantamweight title and made 11 successful defenses before losing to Inoue. Overall, Narvaez is 28-2-1 in world title bouts.