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Naoya Inoue
Naoya Inoue




KO 11
KO 3


5' 5" / 164 cm
68.1" / 173 cm
Orthodox (R)

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Ranking @ Super Bantamweight


The story

Born on April 10, 1993 in Zama, Kanagawa, Japan, Naoya Inoue lives up to his nickname “The Monster,” as he comes after other fighters with powerful punches, particularly to the body. He put together a successful amateur career, as he won a few junior tournaments in Japan and competed in the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships, although he didn’t place. After he didn’t lose in a qualification tournament for the Olympic team, he ended his amateur career with a 75-6 record.

Inoue had his first professional fight on October 2, 2012. Unlike many boxers who start their careers with fights against journeymen, he took on the 16-4-1 Crison Omayao, who was a Filipino champion. Despite the level of competition, he demonstrated his power by knocking out his opponent in the fourth round. In his next fight a few months later, he scored another KO, this one in the very first round.

His third opponent was the 17-2-4 Yuki Sano, and Naoya Inoue won that fight by TKO in the 10th and final round. That set him up for a title shot in only the fourth fight of his career, as he took on Ryoichi Taguchi on August 25, 2013 for the Japanese light flyweight title. While this was his first fight to go to a decision, he still put on a show, battering Taguchi with hard shots on his way to a 10-round unanimous decision win.

On December 6, 2013, he added another belt to his collection when he took out Jerson Mancio by way of fifth-round TKO for the OPBF light flyweight title. After that, he got his first world title fight, as he was set to fight Adrian Hernandez on April 4, 2014 for the WBC light flyweight belt. Once again, Inoue was dominant, as he finished off his opponent in the sixth round by TKO.

He defended that belt one time, against Wittawas Basapean, and won by TKO in the 11th round. Then, he decided to challenge himself by relinquishing his title and jumping up to junior bantamweight to take on Omar Narvaez. Narvaez had an impressive record of 43-1-2, along with the WBO title. It didn’t matter to Inoue, who put Narvaez on the canvas in the first minute of the fight and didn’t let up from there, eventually scoring a knockout in just the second round.

Naoya Inoue was out of action for almost a year after that, but came back on December 29, 2015 to defend his WBO title for the first time. It didn’t take him long to defeat Warlito Parrenas, as he won by TKO in the second round. On May 8, 2016, he fought David Carmona, who would become just the second fighter to last until a decision against him, but he still picked up the win after 12 rounds. He fought two more times that year. First, he beat Karoon Jarupianlerd in the 10th round by TKO. He then closed out 2016 with another spectacular finish, this one against Kohei Kono in the sixth round of their fight.

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What is Naoya Inoue's Record?

Naoya Inoue's record currently stands at 24 wins, 0 loses and 0 draws. He is currently undefeated in a total of 24 contests. Of those 24 wins he has stopped 21 of his opponents, so his current knock-out ratio is 88%. He's boxed a total of 138 rounds, meaning his professional fights last 5.8 rounds on average.

What was Inoue's last fight?

Naoya Inoue's last fight took place against Paul Butler's on 13th Dec 2022, in Koto-Ku, Tokyo, Japan. He won by knockout in the 11th round. That fight was 5 months and 28 days ago.

How active is Naoya Inoue?

Inoue's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 10 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 9 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 31 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 6.2 rounds on average.

Where is Naoya Inoue From?

Inoue was born in Japan.

How Old Is Naoya Inoue?

The bantamweight is currently 30 years old. He was born on 10th April 1993, so he will turn 31 in 10 months.

How long has Inoue been fighting?

Naoya Inoue made his professional debut in October 2012, so he has been a pro for 10 years and 8 months.

How good is Naoya Inoue?

Inoue is currently ranked 1st by the WBO and 1st by the WBC at Super Bantamweight.

How tall is Naoya Inoue?

Inoue is 5' 5" (5 Foot and 5 inches) which is 164cm (1 meter and 64 centimeters).

What is Inoue's Reach?

His reach is 68.1 inches (68.1") which is 173 cm (1 meter and 73 centimeters).

What stance does Naoya Inoue use?

Inoue fights from a traditional orthodox stance, which means he favours his right hand as his power hand when fighting.

What are some potential opponents for Naoya Inoue?

Some potential future fights for Inoue include Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, Vasyl Lomachenko, Zolani Tete, Unified Super Flyweight Champion Juan Francisco Estrada and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.

What will be Naoya Inoue's Next Fight?

Naoya Inoue is to face Stephen Fulton next on Tuesday 25th July 2023. The fight will take place at Ariake Arena, Koto-Ku, Japan. The fight will be shown on Sky Sports Action in the UK, and ESPN+ in the United States.

How can I stream Naoya Inoue's Fights?

In the UK you stream Inoue's fight against Fulton on NowTV and Sky Go.

In the US you can stream Naoya Inoue fight via ESPN+.

What are some recent Naoya Inoue results?

Inoue remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 5 of his recent opponents.

In his last fight, he beat Paul Butler on 13th December 2022 by knockout in the 11th round in their The Ring Bantamweight, WBO World Bantamweight, IBF World Bantamweight and WBC World Bantamweight championship fight at Ariake Arena, Koto-Ku, Tokyo, Japan.

Previous to that, he had beat Nonito Donaire on 7th June 2022 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their WBC World Bantamweight, WBA Super World Bantamweight and IBF World Bantamweight championship fight at Super Arena, Saitama.

Going into that contest, he had won against Aran Dipaen on 14th December 2021 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their WBA Super World Bantamweight and IBF World Bantamweight championship fight at Kokugikan, Tokyo.

Before that, he had beat Michael Dasmarinas on 19th June 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round in their WBA Super World Bantamweight and IBF World Bantamweight championship fight at Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas, United States.

He had defeated Jason Moloney on 31st October 2020 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBA Super World Bantamweight, IBF World Bantamweight and The Ring Bantamweight championship fight at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada.

Naoya Inoue Stats
AgeDate Of BirthNationalityHeightReachStanceWeight Division
30April 10, 1993Japan164 cm173 cmorthodoxBantamweight (118 lb)
Naoya Inoue Record
Professional RecordWinsWins By KOKnockout PercentageLossesLosses By StoppageDrawsPro RoundsDebut
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WeightThe Ring MagazineWBCIBFWBAWBO
Super Bantamweight-1--1
Naoya Inoue Recent Contests
2022-12-13Paul ButlerWon (KO 11)Ariake Arena, Koto-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
2022-06-07Nonito DonaireWon (TKO 2)Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
2021-12-14Aran DipaenWon (TKO 8)Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
2021-06-19Michael DasmarinasWon (KO 3) watch replay Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas, NV, United States
2020-10-31Jason MoloneyWon (TKO 7)The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada, United States
2019-11-07Nonito DonaireWon (UD 12) watch replay Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
2019-05-18Emmanuel RodriguezWon (KO 2)The SSE Hydro, Scotland, United Kingdom
2018-10-07Juan Carlos PayanoWon (KO 1)Arena, Kanagawa, Japan
2018-05-25Jamie McDonnellWon (TKO 1) watch replay Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
2017-12-30Yoan BoyeauxWon (TKO 3)Bunka Gym, Kanagawa, Japan
2017-09-09Antonio NievesWon (TKO 6)Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA, United States
2017-05-21Ricardo RodriguezWon (KO 3) watch replay Ariake Colosseum, Japan
2016-12-30Kohei KonoWon (TKO 6)Ariake Colosseum, Auckland, Japan
2016-09-04Karoon JarupianlerdWon (KO 10)Sky Arena, Zama, Japan
2016-05-08David CarmonaWon (UD 12)Ariake Colosseum, Zama, Japan
2015-12-29Warlito ParrenasWon (TKO 2)Ariake Colosseum, Zama, Japan
2014-12-30Omar Andres NarvaezWon (KO 2)Metropolitan Gym, Caseros, Japan
2014-09-05Wittawas BasapeanWon (TKO 11)Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium, Zama, Japan
2014-04-06Adrian HernandezWon (TKO 6)Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan

Naoya Inoue's next fight

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When is Naoya Inoue's Next Fight?

Naoya Inoue is to face Stephen Fulton next on Tuesday 25th July 2023. The fight will take place at Ariake Arena, Koto-Ku, Japan. The fight will be shown on Sky Sports Action in the UK, and ESPN+ in the United States.

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