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Naoya Inoue vs Marlon Tapales preview
When is Inoue vs Tapales?
Naoya Inoue could face Marlon Tapales in Late 2023 in Japan.
The fight would be contested over 12 rounds in the Super Bantamweight division, which means the weight limit would be 122 pounds (8.7 stone or 55.3 KG).
Inoue vs Tapales stats
Naoya Inoue would step into the ring with an undefeated record of 24 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 21 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Marlon Tapales would make his way to the ring with a record of 37 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 19 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Inoue would have a massive power advantage over Tapales, boosting at 88% knock out percentage over Tapales' 51%.
Naoya Inoue is the younger man by 1 year, at 30 years old.
Inoue has a height advantage of 1 inch over Tapales.
Naoya Inoue fights out of the orthodox stance, while Marlon Tapales is a southpaw.
Inoue is currently the less experienced professional fighter, having had 16 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 4 year and 2 months later than Tapales, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He has fought 120 less professional rounds, 138 to Tapales' 258.
Naoya Inoue goes into the fight ranked number 1 by the WBC and 1 by the WBO at super bantamweight.
Marlon Tapales is currently ranked number 2 by the RING in the 122lb division.
Inoue vs Tapales form
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.
Tapales has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight, he won against Murodjon Akhmadaliev on 8th April 2023 by split decision in their IBF World Junior Featherweight and WBA Super World Super Bantamweight championship fight at Boeing Center at Tech Port, San Antonio, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Jose Estrella on 14th May 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at Dignity Health Sports Park, California.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Hiroaki Teshigawara on 11th December 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at Dignity Health Sports Park, California.
Before that, he had been beaten by Ryosuke Iwasa on 7th December 2019 by technical knockout in the 11th round at Barclays Center, New York.
He had beat Roberto Castaneda on 1st June 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Soboba Casino, California.
In terms of recent activity, Naoya Inoue has been fighting more than Marlon Tapales.
Naoya Inoue last fought 5 months and 25 days ago, while Marlon Tapales' last outing was 1 month and 30 days ago.
Inoue's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 7 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 6 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 31 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 6.2 rounds on average.
Tapales' last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years and 6 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 9 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 30 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 6 rounds on average.
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