Naoya Inoue to Fight vs Marlon T. Tapales on Dec. 12 in Japan


Naoya Inoue, nicknamed “The Monster”, is a four-division world champion and the current unified WBC and WBO super bantamweight champion. He is widely regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, having a record of 25 wins, 0 losses, and 22 knockouts. He is known for his speed, power, timing, and body-punching ability, having a knockout ratio of 88%. He has defeated notable opponents such as Nonito Donaire, Emmanuel Rodriguez, Jason Moloney, and most recently Stephen Fulton, whom he stopped in the eighth round to win the WBC and WBO titles on July 25, 2023.

Marlon T. Tapales, also known as “Nightmare”, is a two-division world champion and the current unified WBA (Super) and IBF super bantamweight champion. He has a record of 37 wins, 3 losses, and 19 knockouts. He is a southpaw with a relentless style and a strong chin. He has overcome adversity in his career, having lost to David Sanchez and Ryosuke Iwasa in the past. He bounced back from those defeats and won the WBO bantamweight title from Pungluang Sor Singyu in 2016. He then moved up to super bantamweight and won the WBA (Super) and IBF titles from Murodjon Akhmadaliev by split decision on April 8, 2023.

Both fighters are confident of their chances and have expressed their respect for each other. Inoue said that he is looking forward to facing Tapales, whom he considers a tough and worthy opponent. He said that he wants to prove himself as the best super bantamweight in the world by unifying all the belts. Tapales said that he is not intimidated by Inoue’s reputation and achievements. He said that he has been training hard and preparing well for this fight. He said that he believes in his skills and power and that he will shock the world by beating Inoue.

The fight is expected to be a thrilling and explosive encounter between two elite fighters who are both hungry for glory. It will be broadcast live on ESPN+ in the United States and on Fuji TV in Japan. Fans can also watch it online through various streaming platforms. The undercard will feature other exciting bouts featuring rising stars and contenders from different weight classes.

Tapales has already left for the United States on August 24 to start his heavy training after weeks of light training in General Santos City. He will be joined by his trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles. Inoue is still training in Japan with his father and coach Shingo Inoue at the Teiken Gym in Tokyo. Both fighters are expected to arrive in Japan at least two weeks before the fight to acclimate to the time zone and weather.

This fight is one of the most anticipated events of the year and will surely attract millions of viewers from around the world. It will be a historic night for boxing as one fighter will emerge as the undisputed super bantamweight champion of the world. Who will it be? The Monster or the Nightmare? Mark your calendar and don’t miss this epic clash of champions!

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