Naoya Inoue is a Japanese professional boxer. He is a three-division world champion and currently a unified bantamweight world champion, having held the WBA (Super), IBF, Ring magazine titles since 2019, and the WBC title since June 2022.
As a professional boxer, Inoue was signed with Ohashi Boxing Gym in 2012. With Hideyuki Ohashi’s consent, he agreed to never compete against an easy opponent again.
On October 2, 2012, he made his professional boxing debut by knocking out Filipino national champion Crison Omayao in the fourth round.
Yki Sano of Japan and Thai national champion Ngaoprajan Chuwatana were the next two opponents he defeated after this win.
Ryoichi Taguchi, the WBA’s third-ranked contender and future WBA, IBF, and Ring magazine light flyweight champion, was defeated by Inoue on August 25, 2013, and the Japanese light flyweight championship was his ever since.
Despite the fact that many thought this would be Inoue’s toughest test yet, he ended up dominating and battering Taguchi throughout the course of 10 rounds.
On the undercard of Yaegashi-Sosa on December 6, 2013, he fought for the vacant OPBF light flyweight title. To win the regional championship, Inoue knocked out Jerson Mancio in the fifth round by way of TKO.
His younger brother, Takuma Inoue, made his professional debut earlier in the day and won a unanimous decision in his first fight.
Naoya Inoue Father: Who Is Shingo Inoue?
Naoya Inoue was born to his father Shingo Inoue. It is established Naoya’s father, Shingo Inoue is a former boxer who trained his son in the sports discipline.