VS
Late 2024
Potentially

in the United States

Potential contest @ Featherweight
27-0-0
25-0-0

Belts on The Line

WBO World Featherweight

The tape

31
Age
30
5' 5" / 164 cm
Height
6' 1" / 185 cm
68.1" / 173 cm
Reach
74" / 188 cm
Orthodox (R)
Stance
Orthodox (R)

Full record

KO 6KO 10TKO 8KO 11TKO 2
Form
TKO 4MD 12KO 2TKO 3TKO 3
27
Wins
25
24
By KO
21
89
KO%
84
0
Losses
0
0
Stopped
0
0
Draws
0
2012
Debut
2013
162
Pro rounds
91

Current rankings @ Featherweight

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The Ring
5
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WBA
-
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WBC
-
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WBO
-
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IBF
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Naoya Inoue vs Rafael Espinoza preview


When is Inoue vs Espinoza?

Naoya Inoue could take on Rafael Espinoza in late 2024 the United States.

The fight would be scheduled for 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which means the weight limit would be 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 kg).

Inoue vs Espinoza stats

Naoya Inoue would step into the ring with an undefeated record of 27 wins, zero losses, and 0 draws, 24 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

Rafael Espinoza would make his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 25 wins and 0 draws, with 21 of those by knockout.

The stats suggest Inoue would have a slight advantage in power over Espinoza, with a 89% knockout percentage compared to Espinoza's 84%.

Naoya Inoue is the older man by 1 year, at 31 years old.

Espinoza has a height advantage of 8 inches over Inoue. This also extends to a 6-inch reach advantage.

Both Naoya Inoue and Rafael Espinoza fight out of an orthodox stance.

Inoue is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had 2 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 4 months earlier than Espinoza, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He has fought 71 more professional rounds, totaling 162 compared to Espinoza's 91.

Rafael Espinoza is currently ranked number 5 by The Ring in the 126lb division.

Inoue vs Espinoza form

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

In his last fight, he defeated Luis Nery on May 6, 2024, by knockout in the 6th round in their IBF World Junior Featherweight, WBA Super World Super Bantamweight, WBC World Super Bantamweight and WBO World Junior Featherweight championship fight at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan.

Prior to that, he had defeated Marlon Tapales on December 26, 2023, by knockout in the 10th round in their IBF World Junior Featherweight, WBA Super World Super Bantamweight, WBC World Super Bantamweight and WBO World Junior Featherweight championship fight at Ariake Arena, Tokyo.

Going into that contest, he had beaten Stephen Fulton on July 25, 2023, by technical knockout in the 8th round in their WBC World Super Bantamweight and WBO World Junior Featherweight championship fight at Ariake Arena, Koto-Ku.

Before that, he had won against Paul Butler on December 13, 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.

He had beaten Nonito Donaire on June 7, 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.

Espinoza remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight, he defeated Sergio Chirino Sanchez on June 21, 2024, by technical knockout in the 4th round in their WBO World Featherweight championship fight at Fontainebleau Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States.

Prior to that, he had defeated Robeisy Ramirez on December 9, 2023, by majority decision in their WBO World Featherweight championship fight at Charles F. Dodge City Center, Pembroke Pines.

Going into that contest, he had won against Ally Mwerangi on July 15, 2023, by knockout in the 2nd round at Restaurante Arroyo, Mexico City, Mexico.

Before that, he had defeated Rafael Rosas Ramirez on March 25, 2023, by technical knockout in the 3rd round at El Domo del Code Jalisco, Guadalajara.

He had beaten Rafael Rosas Ramirez on March 25, 2023, by technical knockout in the 3rd round at El Domo del Code Jalisco, Guadalajara.

Activity check

In terms of recent activity, Rafael Espinoza has been fighting more than Naoya Inoue.

Naoya Inoue last fought 7 months and 22 days ago, while Rafael Espinoza's last outing was 6 months and 7 days ago.

Inoue's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 6 months and 21 days, which means he has been fighting approximately every 6 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 37 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 7.4 rounds on average.

Espinoza's last 5 fights have come over a period of 1 year, 9 months and 3 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 4 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 24 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 4.8 rounds on average.

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