Naoya Inoue

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 Naoya Inoue
Real name Naoya Inoue
Japanese: 井上 尚弥
Nickname(s) The Monster[1]
Rated at Light Flyweight
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)[2]
Reach 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Nationality Japan
Born (1993-04-10) April 10, 1993 (age 21)
Zama, Kanagawa, Japan
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 6
Wins 6
Wins by KO 5
Losses 0
Draws 0

Naoya Inoue (井上 尚弥 Inoue Naoya?, born 14 April 1993) is a Japanese boxer who is the current WBC light flyweight champion.[3] He was born in Zama, Kanagawa, and is currently managed by Hideyuki Ohashi's Ohashi Boxing Gym in Yokohama, Kanagawa.[4]

Amateur career[edit]

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.[5]

In July 2011, he took the gold medal in the 21st President's Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.[6][7][8] He subsequently won the first place in the Japanese Interscholastic Athletic Meeting in that year.[5] 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.[4] His amateur record was 75-6 (48 KOs and RSCs).[4]

Professional career[edit]

Inoue turned professional in 2012. When he registered with the Ohashi Boxing Gym, he signed up with Ohashi never to fight against easy opponents, on his own will.[9] His past fights and opponents have brought him confidence and courage.[10]

On October 2, 2012, he fought against Filipino champion[4] Crison Omayao,[11] and won his debut via a fourth round knockout. After this victory, he won two straight victories over Thai champion[4] Ngaoprajan Chuwatana and Japan's number one-ranked boxer[12] Yūki Sano. On August 25, 2013, Inoue captured the Japanese light flyweight title from the WBA's number three-ranked contender, Ryōichi Taguchi.[4]

He then took the vacant OPBF light flyweight title on December 6, 2013. On that day, his younger brother, Takuma Inoue, made his professional debut with a unanimous decision victory.[13]

He 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.[14]

Professional boxing record[edit]

6 Wins (5 Knockouts), 0 Defeats, 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
N/A N/A Thailand Samartlek Kokietgym N/A - (12) 2014-09-05 Japan Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan Defending WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 6-0 Mexico Adrián Hernández TKO 6 (12), 2:54 2014-04-06 Japan Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan Won WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 5-0 Philippines Jerson Mancio TKO 5 (12), 2:51 2013-12-06 Japan Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan Won vacant OPBF Light Flyweight title.
Win 4-0 Japan Ryōichi Taguchi UD 10 2013-08-25 Japan Sky Arena, Zama, Kanagawa, Japan Won Japanese Light Flyweight title.
Win 3-0 Japan Yūki Sano TKO 10 (10), 1:09 2013-04-16 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Win 2-0 Thailand Ngaoprajan Chuwatana KO 1 (8), 1:50 2013-01-05 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Win 1-0 Philippines Crison Omayao KO 4 (8), 2:04 2012-10-02 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Professional Debut.


  1. ^ Eric Armit (August 27, 2013). "Behind the Results". Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "井上リーチで上回る、ダブル世界戦予備検診" (in Japanese). Boxing News (Boxing Beat). April 3, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Joe Koizumi (April 6, 2014). "Inoue, 20, wins WBC 108lb belt in sixth bout". Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Anson Wainwright (2013). "My first goal is to become world champion". Max Boxing. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Biographies for Naoya Inoue". Asian Boxing Confederation. 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Japan Win the Team Event in Jakarta". International Boxing Association. July 13, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Jerome S. Galunan Jr. (July 10, 2011). "Galunan: Bautista settles for silver medal". Sun.Star. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ Toto Pribadi, Luzman Rifqi Karami (July 8, 2011). "Jepang Juara Umum Piala Presiden XXI" (in Indonesian). VIVA News. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ Jun Taguchi (July 3, 2012). "6戦で世界! 高校7冠井上が井岡超え宣言" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ Yoichi Hongo (April 2, 2014). "日本最短6戦目での世界王座奪取に挑む井上尚弥「100%勝てるイメージができた」" (in Japanese). The Page. p. 3. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ Matt McGrain (January 31, 2013). "Is Naoya Inoue the World’s Brightest Prospect?". Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Japan national ratings". Japan Boxing Commission. March 27, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ Jake Donovan (December 6, 2013). "Yaegashi-Sosa Undercard: Murata, Inoue Brothers Shine". Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ Joe Koizumi (April 6, 2014). "Inoue, 20, wins WBC 108lb belt in sixth bout". Retrieved April 12, 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Adrián Hernández
WBC Light Flyweight Champion
April 6, 2014 – present