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Inoue vs. Tapales: Clash for Super Bantamweight Undisputed Championship on December 26

It’s official, boxing fans – Marlon Tapales and Naoya Inoue are set to face off for the coveted four-belt undisputed championship in the super bantamweight division. The highly anticipated showdown will take place on December 26 and will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

For this epic battle, 31-year-old Marlon Tapales will need to bring his A-game and perhaps an improved punch resistance. Inoue, known for his devastating power, is likely to unleash a barrage of heavy punches right from the opening bell. It’s a challenging task for Tapales, considering Inoue’s track record.

The last time someone went the distance with Inoue was in 2019 when Nonito Donaire took him to a grueling war, with both fighters showing their mettle. Donaire revealed that Inoue can dish out punishment, but his ability to take it isn’t as robust. Since then, Inoue’s power has proven too much for his opponents.

However, if Tapales can weather the storm and reach the later rounds, he might have a shot at stopping Inoue and causing a major upset.

In this matchup, ‘Monster’ Inoue (25-0, 22 KOs), the IBF and WBA champion, is the favorite. The battle will unfold at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan. While it promises to be an intriguing fight, fans are also eager to see Inoue step up to the featherweight division to face WBO champion Robeisy Ramirez. The prospect of this clash in the coming year has boxing enthusiasts excited, especially given that both fighters are under the Top Rank banner.

Inoue could face a stiffer challenge in moving up to the 126 and 130-pound divisions. However, the potential for him to become a three or four-division undisputed champion is an incredible feat to contemplate.

Tapales (37-3, 19 KOs) earned his place in this championship bout by capturing the WBC and WBO 122-pound titles last April. In a thrilling upset, he defeated champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev in a twelve-round split decision.

With a victory in this match, the 30-year-old Monster Inoue will elevate his status as a two-division undisputed champion, marking a significant achievement in his storied career. The road ahead holds the promise of even more remarkable challenges and accomplishments for this boxing sensation.

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