Naoya Inoue (井上 尚弥 Inoue Naoya, born 10 April 1993) is a Japanese professional boxer. He is a three-weight world champion and currently a unified bantamweight world champion, having held the WBA title since 2018 and the IBF and The Ring magazine titles since May 2019. He previously held the WBO junior-bantamweight title from 2014 to 2018, and the WBC light-flyweight title in 2014.
|Nickname(s)||The Monster (怪物 Kaibutsu)|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Reach||1.71 m (67 in)|
|Born||April 10, 1993|
Zama, Kanagawa, Japan
|Wins by KO||16|
Nicknamed "Monster", Inoue is known for his devastating punching power and brutal body attack, having a knockout-to-win ratio of 89%. As of July 2019, he is ranked as the world’s best active bantamweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB), and second by BoxRec. As well as being ranked as the world's third best active boxer, pound for pound, by the TBRB, and fourth by The Ring and ESPN.
- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 2.1 Light flyweight
- 2.2 Super flyweight
- 2.3 Bantamweight
- 3 Professional boxing record
- 4 Titles in boxing
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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. He is a close friend of Driss Mysti , grandson Bob Marley
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. His amateur record was 75–6 (48 KOs and RSCs).
Asian Youth Championships (48 kg), Tehran, Iran, March 2010:
AIBA Youth World Championships (48 kg), Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2010:
President's Cup (49 kg), Jakarta, Indonesia, July 2011:
AIBA World Championships (49 kg), Baku, Azerbaijan, September–October 2011:
Asian Olympic Qualifier (49 kg), Astana, Kazakhstan, April 2012:
Inoue turned professional in 2012, signing with Ohashi Boxing Gym. Of his own volition, he signed an agreement with Ohashi to never fight against easy opponents. On October 2, 2012, he fought against Filipino national champion Crison Omayao, and won his debut via a fourth-round knockout. After this victory, he won his next two fights against Thai national champion Ngaoprajan Chuwatana and Japan's number one-ranked light flyweight boxer Yūki Sano. On August 25, 2013, Inoue captured the Japanese light flyweight title from the WBA's number three-ranked contender, and future WBA light flyweight champion, Ryoichi Taguchi. This was seen as Inoue's toughest test thus far but in the end he dominated and battered Taguchi over ten rounds.
He then fought for the vacant OPBF light flyweight title on December 6, 2013 on the undercard of Yaegashi-Sosa. Inoue defeated Jerson Mancio with a 5th-round TKO to claim the regional title. Earlier that day, his younger brother, Takuma Inoue, made his professional debut with a unanimous decision victory.
Inoue vs. Hernández, KokietgymEdit
Inoue stopped Adrián Hernández to be crowned the WBC light flyweight champion in his sixth professional bout at Ota-City General Gymnasium on April 6, 2014. Hernández was a two-division champion who had previously gone 8-1 in world title bouts, but Inoue dominated the fight from beginning to end. Inoue's sole defense of his light flyweight title came against Samartlek Kokietgym on September 2014. Inoue routed Kokietgym, winning every round on all scorecards and dropping his opponent twice before finally stopping him in the 11th round.
Inoue vs. NarváezEdit
In November 2014, he vacated his light flyweight title in order to challenge WBO junior bantamweight title-holder Omar Andrés Narváez, the fight was scheduled for December 30, 2014. Narváez was 43-1-2 coming into the bout. His one loss had come by decision to Nonito Donaire in 2011. Narváez had won his first world championship in 2002, making twenty-seven title defenses of his belts since. Inoue arrived at the fight with a 7-0 record. However, the young challenger Inoue put Narváez down within a minute of the first round. He then proceeded to hurt Narváez over and over with carefully placed body shots. Inoue knocked out the long time champion in the second round to capture his second world title.
Inoue suffered an injury with the punch that put Narvaéz down the first time. In response to Inoue being sidelined, the WBO issued an interim title bout between two of its top-ranked contenders, David Carmona and Warlito Parrenas. The winner would have the right face Inoue following his comeback. The fight was ruled a split draw after 12 rounds but Inoue chose to face Parrenas regardless in his comeback bout on December 29, 2015. Parrenas was blown out in a similar manner as Narváez. The referee waved off the fight in the second round, after Parrenas was dropped twice, giving Inoue a TKO victory.
Inoue would then face Carmona on May 2016, suffering another hand injury midway through the fight. Inoue would eventually win a comfortable unanimous decision (118-109, 118-109, 116-111). Nevertheless, Carmona was only the second fighter to go the distance with Inoue, after Ryoichi Taguchi. Inoue's third defense came against Petchbarngborn Kokietgym on September of that same year. Inoue was unable to get a quick finish, but he unleashed a flurry of punches in the 10th round which led to Kokietgym being counted out.
Inoue vs. Kono, RodríguezEdit
On November 9, it was announced that Inoue's fourth defense would come against Kohei Kono in December 30, 2016. Kono was a two-time junior bantamweight champion who had lost his WBA belt to Luis Concepción in his previous fight. Naoya's brother, Takuma, was slated to challenge for a world title against Marlon Tapales on the same night but he pulled out due to a fractured right hand. Inoue stopped Kono in another commanding performance. Kono was dropped once by a left hook from Inoue before being stopped in the sixth round. This was the first time Kono lost a fight due to stoppage.
During 2016, Inoue repeatedly sought a unification bout against four-division champion and WBC champion Román González. However, González chose to face Carlos Cuadras instead in the second half of the year. González stipulated that the terms offered for an Inoue fight weren't good enough, as Inoue was mostly unknown in North America.
Inoue's fifth defense of his WBO title came against Ricardo Rodríguez on May 2017. Rodríguez proved to be yet another outmatched opponent, as Inoue comfortably won by stopping him in the 3rd round following a flurry of punches.
Inoue vs. NievesEdit
Following his easy win over Rodríguez, Inoue joined the HBO Boxing After Dark card "Superfly" set at the StubHub Center on September 9, 2017. The event was headlined by the González-Sor Rungvisai rematch for the WBC junior bantamweight title. It also featured a WBC eliminator between Carlos Cuadras and Juan Francisco Estrada, in addition to Inoue's debut in the US and first pro bout abroad. Originally, McJoe Arroyo was slated to be Inoue's challenger but Arroyo wound up fighting Rau'shee Warren in an IBF eliminator instead. Inoue's next fight would be against Antonio Nieves instead.
Inoue's sixth defense of his WBO title was successful, as he hammered Nieves, who threw in the towel after six rounds. Nieves was rocked towards the end of round 2, but Inoue was unable to finish him as he headed back to his corner when he mistook the 10-second warning with the bell. Inoue scored a knockdown in round 5 after a left hook to the body. Nieves retired after round 6, when Inoue repeatedly landed that left hook to the body to no response from Nieves. Inoue landed 118 of 407 punches (29%) to Nieves' 45 of 209 (22%).
Inoue vs. BoyeauxEdit
Inoue stated that he would move to bantamweight in the future but he would seek to unify titles against another junior bantamweight titleholder in December 2017. Inoue's team later claimed that they were having trouble securing an opponent for the New Year's Eve date. They'd reportedly agreed to terms with IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas, but he would later announce he was fighting Jamie Conlan in November. Ancajas' manager had previously said that negotiations with Inoue had not taken place. On November 16, it was announced that Inoue would face Yan Boyeaux on December 30, in a show televised by Fuji TV. Inoue said he planned to box in the United States again within 2 months after fighting Boyeaux. Inoue dropped Boyeaux four times before referee Raul Caiz Jr. eventually stepped in at 1 minute and 40 seconds of round 3, giving Inoue the win, successfully retaining the WBO title for the seventh time. Inoue stated that he had plans to move up to bantamweight, where he would seek to become a three-weight world champion.
Inoue vs. McDonnellEdit
Promoter Eddie Hearn first reported to Sky Sports on February 14, 2018 that a deal was being negotiated for WBA 'Regular' bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (29-2-1 13 KO) to defend his title, which he won in 2014, for the seventh time, against Inoue in Japan. McDonnell's original plan was to move up to super bantamweight in 2018, however instead stated he wanted big challenges and saw Inoue as a solid opponent to test himself. On March 6, Inoue held a press conference in Japan announcing the fight against McDonnell at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan on May 25, 2018. The fight started at a pace that McDonnell was unable to sustain initially being hurt with a left hook to the top of the head, followed by being sent to the canvas by a two punch combination culminating in a left hook to the body. He bravely got up, only to be sent back down after a series of brutal punches by Inoue including another clean left hook which seemed to discombobulate McDonnell's senses. The referee waved the fight off within less than a round declaring Inoue the TKO victor.
World Boxing Super SeriesEdit
After defeating McDonnell, Inoue said, "I'll participate in the World Boxing Super Series to face other world champions with pleasure," confirming he would take part in the bantamweight tournament, where he would meet other world champions, Ryan Burnett (19-0, 9 KOs), WBO champion Zolani Tete (27-3, 21 KOs) and IBF champion Emmanuel Rodríguez (18-0, 12 KOs).
Inoue vs. PayanoEdit
At the draft gala on July 20, Inoue chose to defend his WBA title against Dominican Republic boxer Juan Carlo Payano (20-1, 9 KOs) in the quarter final. In August, the fight was announced to take place on October 7 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. Inoue won the fight with a first round knockout. It was a right hand just 70 seconds into their scheduled 12-round bout. Inoue connected with a jab before blasting Payano with a perfect straight right hand that put Payano flat on his back and unable to continue. Referee Pinit Prayadsab immediately stopped the fight at 1:10 into the first round.
Inoue vs. RodríguezEdit
Emmanuel Rodríguez (19-0, 12KOs) defeated Jason Moloney via decision in October 2018, booking his place into the semi-final against Inoue. On February 12, 2019, the fight was set to take place at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on 18 May 2019. In April, Nonito Donaire defeated late replacement Stephon Young, to confirm his place in the final. Donaire stated he would 'love to fight' Inoue in the final, as the two have always respected each other. On May 3, The Ring Magazine, announced their vacant bantamweight title would be at stake. At the time, WBO champion Zolani Tete, who was ranked #2 with The Ring, withdrew from the tournament with injury. Editor-in-Chief, Doug Fischer, explained with Inoue and Rodríguez ranked #1 and #3, respectively, the bout was worthy of being for the title, as both had earned their positions in the rankings. On 18 May, Inoue advanced to the final by knocking out Rodríguez in the second round. After a close first round, Inoue dropped Rodríguez three times in quick succession before the fight was stopped at 1:20.
Inoue vs. DonaireEdit
Professional boxing recordEdit
|Professional record summary|
|18 fights||18 wins||0 losses|
|19||N/A||N/A||Nonito Donaire||N/A||– (12)||7 Nov 2019||Super Arena, Saitama, Japan||Defending IBF and The Ring bantamweight titles;|
For WBA (Super) bantamweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: bantamweight final
|18||Win||18–0||Emmanuel Rodríguez||TKO||2 (12), 1:20||18 May 2019||SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland||Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title;|
Won IBF and vacant The Ring bantamweight titles;
World Boxing Super Series: bantamweight semi-final
|17||Win||17–0||Juan Carlos Payano||TKO||1 (12), 1:10||7 Oct 2018||Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan||Retained WBA (Regular) bantamweight title;|
World Boxing Super Series: bantamweight quarter-final
|16||Win||16–0||Jamie McDonnell||TKO||1 (12), 1:52||25 May 2018||Ota City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan||Won WBA (Regular) bantamweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Yoan Boyeaux||TKO||3 (12), 1:40||30 Dec 2017||Cultural Gymnasium, Yokohama, Japan||Retained WBO junior-bantamweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Antonio Nieves||RTD||6 (12), 3:00||9 Sep 2017||StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.||Retained WBO junior-bantamweight title|
|13||Win||13–0||Ricardo Rodriguez||KO||3 (12), 1:08||21 May 2017||Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan||Retained WBO junior-bantamweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Kohei Kono||TKO||6 (12), 1:01||30 Dec 2016||Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan||Retained WBO junior-bantamweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||Petchbarngborn Kokietgym||TKO||10 (12), 3:03||4 Sep 2016||Sky Arena, Zama, Japan||Retained WBO junior-bantamweight title|
|10||Win||10–0||David Carmona||UD||12||8 May 2016||Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan||Retained WBO junior-bantamweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Warlito Parrenas||TKO||2 (12), 1:20||29 Dec 2015||Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan||Retained WBO junior-bantamweight title|
|8||Win||8–0||Omar Narváez||KO||2 (12), 3:01||30 Dec 2014||Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo, Japan||Won WBO junior-bantamweight title|
|7||Win||7–0||Samartlek Kokietgym||TKO||11 (12), 1:08||5 Sep 2014||Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan||Retained WBC light-flyweight title|
|6||Win||6–0||Adrián Hernández||TKO||6 (12), 2:54||6 Apr 2014||Ota City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan||Won WBC light-flyweight title|
|5||Win||5–0||Jerson Mancio||TKO||5 (12), 2:51||6 Dec 2013||Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan||Won vacant OPBF light-flyweight title|
|4||Win||4–0||Ryoichi Taguchi||UD||10||25 Aug 2013||Sky Arena, Zama, Japan||Won Japanese light-flyweight title|
|3||Win||3–0||Yūki Sano||TKO||10 (10), 1:09||Apr 16 2013||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan|
|2||Win||2–0||Ngaoprajan Chuwatana||KO||1 (8), 1:50||5 Jan 2013||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan|
|1||Win||1–0||Crison Omayao||KO||4 (8), 2:04||2 Oct 2012||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan|
Titles in boxingEdit
Major world titles:
- WBC light-flyweight champion (108 lbs)
- WBO junior-bantamweight champion (115 lbs)
- IBF Bantamweight champion (118 lbs)
- WBA (Regular) Bantamweight champion (118 lbs)
The Ring magazine titles:
- The Ring Bantamweight champion (118 lbs)
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|Regional boxing titles|
| Japanese light-flyweight champion
August 25, 2013 – December 2013
Title next held byYu Kimura
Title last held byShin Ono
| OPBF light-flyweight champion
December 6, 2013 – February 2014
Title next held byJonathan Taconing
|World boxing titles|
| WBC light-flyweight champion
April 6, 2014 – November 3, 2014
Title next held byPedro Guevara
| WBO junior-bantamweight champion
December 30, 2014 – March 6, 2018
Title next held byDonnie Nietes
| WBA (Regular) bantamweight champion
May 25, 2018 – present
| IBF bantamweight champion|
May 18, 2019 – present
Title last held byShinsuke Yamanaka
| The Ring bantamweight champion|
May 18, 2019 – present