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Stephen Fulton vs Naoya Inoue: Ring walk times, Tale of the Tape, Undercard & Odds

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, and we've got everything you need to know ahead of the landmark bout.

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 his homeland.

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.

Stephen Fulton v Naoya Inoue: Fight Preview
Stephen Fulton v Naoya Inoue: All You Need To Know
Stephen Fulton v Naoya Inoue: Fighter Profiles
Stephen Fulton v Naoya Inoue: Tale of the Tape
Stephen Fulton v Naoya Inoue: Full Fight Card

Stephen Fulton v Naoya Inoue: Fight Preview

WhatStephen Fulton v Naoya Inoue
WhereAriake Arena, Koto-Ku, Japan
WhenTuesday 25th July 2023
How to watchSky Sports
OddsStephen Fulton 23/20, Naoya Inoue 5/16

The week beginning July 24th is one boxing fans all over the world have been counting down the days to.

On the Saturday Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford attempt to create history in a legacy defining fight, whilst four days earlier, and over 5,000 miles away, another American will attempt to do something that is deemed, by many, impossible - beat Naoya Inoue.

Stephen Fulton has stepped out of his comfort zone and neglected easier tasks to take on arguably the most devastating puncher in boxing today. 

The Philadelphian brings with him a well-respected unbeaten record and two of the four super-bantamweight world titles.

Victory for Inoue will see him become a four-weight world champion, success for Fulton will go down as one of the greatest wins ever by an American on foreign soil. 

But who wins... only time will tell!

By Shaun Brown

Stephen Fulton v Naoya Inoue: All You Need To Know


When is Stephen Fulton vs Naoya Inoue?

The fight is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 25th July 2023.

What time is Stephen Fulton vs Naoya Inoue?

The estimated ringwalk for the main event event is around 12:30 BST on Tuesday 25th July.

Where is Stephen Fulton vs Naoya Inoue?

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.

Can I watch Stephen Fulton vs Naoya Inoue?

This fight will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Who is the favourite for Stephen Fulton vs Naoya Inoue?

Naoya Inoue is the 5/16 favourite to win the bout, with Fulton rated a 53/20 chance.

Are there any belts on the line for Stephen Fulton vs Naoya Inoue?

Undefeated American Fulton defends both his WBC and WBO super-bantamweight titles against fellow undefeated Japanese fighter 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.

What is Stephen Fulton's record?

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.

What is Naoya Inoue's record?

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 after 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.

Stephen Fulton Profile:


Stephen Fulton will have to be perfect for every second of every round to beat Naoya Inoue.

The mistakes shown in his fight against Brandon Figueroa cannot be repeated against ‘The Monster’ otherwise it will be another early night for the favourite.

In his last fight 13 months ago, Fulton outclassed former champion Daniel Roman over 12 rounds. That particular performance which saw the 29-year-old hit and not get hit will likely be how he will perform at the Ariake Arena on July 25, but will it be enough.

Fulton is a class act but there are certain fights where the good and the great are separated. Beating Figueroa and Roman has put him head of the class at 122lbs but to defeat Inoue you must be special. 

The power difference in this matchup is a main talking point. Inoue has almost treble the amount of knockouts on his record compared to Fulton’s. 

While the champion may rack up the rounds with clever boxing the threat of Inoue’s incredible power will always undo all that good work.

In the end this fight may come down to milliseconds and millimetres. 

Solid jabSusceptible to uppercuts on the inside
Good footworkVulnerable on the ropes
Works well on the insideInvites pressure

By Shaun Brown

Naoya Inoue Profile:


Naoya Inoue borders on superhuman at times.

Occasionally, a fighter comes along that defies logic. Having begun his career at light-flyweight (108lbs) Naoya Inoue is still causing mayhem and destruction 10 pounds heavier (bantamweight) and 11 years later. 

Inoue carries the looks of a J-Pop music star but possesses the power that causes shock and pain. Against Fulton he moves four pounds higher to super-bantamweight and few believe it will cause him problems.

The 30-year-old relies on explosiveness, timing, and power to defeat his opponents. 

Nowadays his presence alone creates an intimidation that has men beaten as soon as the first bell rings. Remind you of anyone?

Like Mike Tyson it is possible to frustrate Inoue and throw him off his game by forcing him to chase his adversary. 

However, it will only take one punch for Inoue to rip up Fulton’s game-plan and force him into territory where it’s fight not flight. 

Incredible powerCan become predictable
Immaculate timingChases KO too much
Great body puncherCan run out of ideas
Quick handsGets frustrated

By Shaun Brown

Stephen Fulton v Naoya Inoue: Tale of the Tape


We take a look at all of the vital statistics of both fighters as they get set for their hotly-anticipated showdown in Japan...

 Stephen FultonNaoya Inoue
Height:5ft 6ins5ft 5ins
Trainer:Wahid RahimShingo Inoue
Record:21-0 (8 KOs)24-0 (21 KOs)
Titles:WBC & WBO super-bantamweight titlesFormer undisputed bantamweight champion
Last Fight:W - UD v Daniel RomanW - KO v Paul Butler (Dec 2022)

Stephen Fulton v Naoya Inoue: Full Fight Card:


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.

There is a stacked card in Tokyo with nine fights scheduled at the Ariake Arena, with the five standout bouts listed below:

Stephen Fulton v Naoya InoueWBC & WBO super-bantamweight titles
Robeisy Ramirez v Satoshia ShimizuWBO featherweight title
Chihiro Iwashita v Hiroyuki TakaharaSuper-featherweight bout
Kanamu Sakama v Ryu HorikawaSuper-flyweight bout
Taiga Imanaga v Herbi MarapuLightweight bout

View odds for all of the above fights

Odds displayed within this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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