Japanese prodigy Naoya Inoue vs Omar Andres Narvaez WBO super flyweight World title RARE official on-site 21 page programme, 30th December 2014, Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo, Japan.
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Boxing is, at least in the west, an awful lot of hype. In the east however there is often substance behind the hype, and when a fighter is touted as something special they attempt to prove it quickly. That's always been the case with Naoya Inoue who won a World title in fight #6 and then attempted to create history by becoming a 2-weight World champion in just his 8th professional bout. Rather than picking up an easy title however Inoue skipped a division, aimed for the most seasoned champion in the Super Flyweight division, WBO champion Omar Andres Narvaez. If you've not seen this one yet, you really should now. See video below.
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Naoya Inoue vs Omar Andres Narvaez
Naoya Inoue (井上 尚弥 Inoue Naoya?, born 14 April 1993) is Japanese. He is a former WBC Light flyweight champion and the current WBO Junior bantamweight champion. Nicknamed "The Monster", Inoue is known for his devastating punching power and brutal body attack. He was born in Zama, Kanagawa, and is currently managed by Hideyuki Ohashi's Ohashi Boxing Gym in Yokohama, Kanagawa.
Inoue won the Japanese Inter scholastic 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.
In July 2011, he took the gold medal in the 21st President's Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia. He subsequently won the first place in the Japanese Inter scholastic Athletic Meeting in that year. 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. His amateur record was 75-6 (48 KOs and RSCs).
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. His past fights and opponents have brought him confidence and courage.
On October 2, 2012, he fought against Filipino champion Crison Omayao, and won his debut via a fourth round knockout. After this victory, he won two straight victories over Thai champion Ngaoprajan Chuwatana and Japan's number one-ranked boxer Yūki Sano. On August 25, 2013, Inoue captured the Japanese light flyweight title from the WBA's number three-ranked contender, and now WBA light flyweight champion, Ryoichi Taguchi. He dominated and battered the champion over ten rounds.
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.
Inoue 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. In November 2014, he vacated his light flyweight title in order to challenge WBO Junior Bantamweight Champion Omar Andrés Narváez.
Narváez was 43-1-2 coming into the bout. He had lost once by decision to Nonito Donaire in 2011 and had won his first world championship in 2002, in total he had made twenty-seven title defences of his belts. Inoue on the other hand was only 7-0. However, in the fight, the young challenger Inoue came out and put Narváez down within a minute of the first round. He then preceded to hurt Narváez over and over with carefully placed body shots. Inoue knocked out the long time champion in the second round to capture his second World title.
Omar Andrés Narváez (born July 10, 1975) is from Argentina. He is a former WBO flyweight and super flyweight champion, and as an amateur was the first boxer from the 2000 Olympics to capture a major World title.
*He won the gold medal at the 1999 Pan American Games.
1996 Olympian, as a flyweight. His results were:
*Defeated Joan Guzmán (Dominican Republic) 9-4
*Lost to Mehdi Assous (Algeria) 4-20
*1997 World Championships Bronze medallist in Budapest, HUN
*1998 South American Games Gold medallist
*1999 Pan American Games Gold medallist in Winnipeg, CAN, beat Manuel Mantilla (CUB) and José Navarro (USA)
*1999 World Championships Silver medallist in Houston, USA, beat Steve Molitor (CAN)
2000 Olympian, as a flyweight. His results were:
*Defeated Carlos Valcárcel (Puerto Rico) 12-6
*Lost to Vladimir Sidorenko (Ukraine) 10-16
He is one of the rare foreign boxers who have won two medals (gold / bronze) at the prestigious international boxing tournament Giraldo Cordoba Cardin, which every year is celebrated in Cuba by invitation, Omar won gold in 1999 in Villa Clara, winning the final against Filipino Arlan Lily, in the semifinals had defeated the Guatemalan Castulo Gonzalez in 2000 won a bronze in the tournament in the province of Las Tunas, losing in the semifinals against the Thai Wijan Polit.
He won the WBO World flyweight title on July 13, 2002 by a unanimous decision win over Adonis Rivas. He defended the title 16 times with wins over Luis Alberto Lazarate, Andrea Sarritzu (twice), Everardo Morales, Alexander Mahmutov, Reginaldo Martins Carvalho, Bernard Inom, Rexon Flores, Walberto Ramos, Brahim Asloum, Marlon Marquez, Carlos Tamara, Iván Pozo, Alejandro "Payasito" Hernández, Rayonta Whitfield and Omar Soto.
He then moved up to Super Flyweight and won the WBO Super Flyweight title on May 15, 2010, with a unanimous points decision against Nicaraguan Everth Briceno in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Narvaez faced Nonito Donaire on Oct. 22, 2011, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden at Bantamweight. He lost the one-sided fight by unanimous decision, his first professional loss.
He later returned to the super flyweight division and made eleven consecutive defences of the WBO super flyweight title before getting knocked out by Naoya Inoue in the second round on December 30, 2014.