Naoya Inoue former WBC flyweight and current WBO super flyweight World champion SIGNED WBC official merchandise cap.
Naoya Inoue (井上 尚弥 Inoue Naoya?, born 10 April 1993) is a Japanese boxer. 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 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.
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 Interscholastic 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.