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Naoya 'Monster' Inoue A Legacy-Driven Journey Through Weight Classes

Undisputed super bantamweight champion Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue (26-0, 23 KOs) has emphatically stated that his pursuit of legacy, not fame or money, propels him forward in the boxing world. Despite his stellar career, Inoue sees his ceiling at featherweight and plans to remain in the 122-pound division for the rest of the year.

Inoue, the 30-year-old Japanese phenom, has already secured world titles in four different weight classes, achieving undisputed champion status in two of them. As his star continues to rise, the question lingers: How high will Inoue climb in weight?

For now, Inoue sets the limit at 126 pounds. “I’m planning on fighting three times this year,” he reveals. “My move up to featherweight will depend on how I feel and how my body feels next year.”

However, Inoue emphasizes that the decision won’t be hasty, stating, “I wouldn’t fight at super featherweight just because the money is good. There are weight divisions in boxing for a reason.”

Naoya Inoue planning return vs mandatory Michael Dasmarinas - Bad Left Hook
Naoya Inoue planning return vs mandatory Michael Dasmarinas – Bad Left Hook

Inoue is committed to maintaining his skills and not compromising them by moving up too quickly. “I’ll move up once my body naturally grows into the heavier weight class. This has been the case throughout my professional career.”

The Japanese champion expects to have bouts in May, September, and December, with the first potentially against Mexican southpaw Luis ‘Pantera’ Nery (35-1, 27 KOs). Inoue acknowledges Nery’s tenacity but believes in his ability to outshine him even in the early rounds.

“I have confidence in myself to be better than him even in the early rounds,” Inoue asserts. He acknowledges Nery’s unique style, recognizing the challenge in finding a sparring partner with a similar approach. “Image training and repeated practice will be important,” he says.

Inoue remains focused on his legacy, keeping money aside and emphasizing the importance of weight classes in boxing. As he navigates the 122-pound division for the year, fans eagerly anticipate how the ‘Monster’ will continue to etch his name into boxing history.

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