Legendary Japanese fighter Naoya Inoue bids to become a four-weight world champion as he steps up to take on unified super bantamweight champion Stephen Fulton.
Inoue, 30, is widely regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet, carrying an undefeated record after 24 fights with an incredible 21 knockouts to his name.
This bout was originally scheduled for 7th May but an injury to Inoue forced the postponement. This eagerly awaited clash will be the first time American Fulton fights outside of America.
Inoue is an exciting and dynamic fighter with incredible speed and the eyes of the boxing world will be fixed on this one as he bids to rip the WBC and WBO straps away from his unbeaten opponent.
|What||Stephen Fulton v Naoya Inoue|
|Where||Ariake Arena, Koto-Ku, Japan|
|When||Tuesday 25th July 2023|
|Odds||Naoya Inoue 43/20, Stephen Fulton 20/57|
The fight is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 25th July 2023.
Ringwalks and timings for this event are yet to be announced, but the main event is likely to take place late morning in the UK.
The fight is set to take place at the modern Ariake Arena in Tokyo, a modern multi-sport venue with a capacity of 15,000.
This will be the second time Naoya Inoue fights in the venue having faced Brit Paul Butler there in December 2022.
This fight is yet to be picked up by a broadcaster in the UK, but it will be broadcast on ESPN+ in America.
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Naoya Inoue is the 20/57 favourite to win the bout.
Undefeated American Stephen Fulton defends both his WBC World Super Bantamweight and WBO World Super Bantamweight titles against undefeated Japanese fighter Naoya Inoue.
Current undisputed bantamweight champion Inoue is stepping up in weight in a bid to win titles in a fourth weight class, he currently holds the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO belts at 118 pounds.
American Stephen Fulton, 28, carries an unblemished record after 21 professional bouts and he is currently the unified super bantamweight champion.
A decorated amateur who won the prestigious Golden Gloves at super bantamweight in 2013, Fulton turned professional a year later and made his pro debut against Issac Badger in October 2014.
Fulton picked up both of his belts in a clash with fellow American Brandon Figueroa in 2021 and this is his third defence of the titles.
He has knocked out eight of his opponents, but his last four bouts have all been settled on the judges' scorecards after 12 rounds.
Japan's unbeaten Naoya Inoue is a three-weight world champion having won titles in the light flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight divisions.
Carrying huge power for his weight class, the 30-year-old has stopped 21 of his 24 opponents - clocking up 138 professional rounds.
Inoue became undisputed bantamweight champion in December 2022 when stopping Paul Butler in the 11th round.
Prior to that, his wins came in rounds seven, three, eight and two. His amateur career was a successful one, but only in Asia.
He has certainly made his name as a professional and carries the nickname 'The Monster' with his heavy hands and clinical finishing.
Cuban Robeisy Ramirez defends his WBO world featherweight title against 37-year-old Japanese fighter Satoshi Shimizu in the chief support to the main event.
The remainder of the card is mainly all-Japanese bouts in the lighter divisions.
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