Naoya Inoue, a Japanese professional boxer, also known as 'The Monster' is expected to return to the ring after a five month break from his last fight. Through his calculated skills he has proven to be unbeatable and is most likely expected to beat his Filipino rival Marlon Tapales in a bout scheduled for December 26 2023 in Japan.
Inoue (25-0, 22KOs) is well known for his timing speed, punching power and body-punching ability, besides being a four division world champion he is currently the unified super bantamweight world champion. He has held both World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight titles since July 2023.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of Naoya Inoue vs Marlon Tapales.
Date:Tuesday, December 26.
Time: At 05:00 AM ET
Location: Tokyo, Japan
What has been said?
“I’m fully satisfied with the situation around me as I hear the negotiation of the unification bout with (my) WBA/IBF counterpart Marlon Tapales — with all the four belts on the line — is coming to an end soon.”
I will win this. I want a good fight. Of course, I also want to enjoy this fight because it’s not every day a fighter gets to fight the top pound-for-pound boxer so I’m very thankful to be able to fight [Inoue] because that means I’m also on his level.
I’ve always been the underdog when I fight so this is not new to me. I’ve been fighting and surviving ever since I was young.
Being nervous is normal. But if you’re not nervous, there’s no challenge. That means you’re not against a big-name fighter. Being nervous is important because that’s the biggest challenge to work harder and know you have a chance. That’s the most important thing.