Tue. May 30th, 2023

Japan’s Takuma Inoue (L) fights in opposition to Venezuela’s Liborio Solis throughout their WBA bantamweight world title boxing match at Ariake Area in Tokyo on April 8, 2023. (Photograph by Philip FONG / AFP)

Japan’s Takuma Inoue set his sights on matching older brother Naoya in turning into the undisputed bantamweight world champion, after beating Venezuela’s Liborio Solis on Saturday to partially reclaim the household silver.

The elder Inoue, nicknamed “Monster”, grew to become the primary undisputed world bantamweight champion in half a century in December, earlier than handing again all 4 belts the next month to maneuver as much as the tremendous bantamweight division.

The 27-year-old Takuma, two years youthful than his unbeaten brother, claimed the WBA bantamweight title for himself when he beat the 41-year-old Solis by unanimous choice after 12 rounds in Tokyo.

He stated was blissful to “deliver the title again” to his household and desires to maintain following in his brother’s footsteps.

“That is the belt that my brother used to have and it was the primary one which he received, so I’m relieved to win it,” stated Takuma, who was watched by his brother at ringside.

“My brother held all 4 belts and I wish to say that my problem is now for me to do the identical — I wish to develop into the undisputed champion.”

Father Shingo, who trains each brothers, stated Takuma must step up his coaching to make his dream a actuality.

“He by no means used to have this objective of turning into undisputed champion however then Naoya achieved it, so Takuma doesn’t actually have a alternative now however to intention for a similar,” he stated.

Takuma, who needed to overcome a stray elbow that left him with a deep lower above his eye within the fifth spherical, took his file to 18-1, profitable 4 by knockout.

Naoya Inoue is ready to contend for 2 tremendous bantamweight world titles when he makes his debut within the division in opposition to WBC and WBO champion Stephen Fulton of the US in Tokyo in July.

The struggle was initially scheduled for Could however was postponed final month when he injured his hand in coaching.

Naoya Inoue has a 24-0 file with 21 knockouts, and final yr grew to become the primary Japanese fighter to high Ring Journal’s prestigious pound-for-pound rankings as the very best fighter throughout all weight divisions.

He additionally grew to become the primary undisputed bantamweight world champion since Panama’s Enrique Pinder in 1972 when he beat England’s Paul Butler in December.


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