Inoue makes sensational Japan return, extends world title wins to 17 straight


Naoya Inoue did not disappoint in his return fight to Japan after two years as he TKOd
Aran Dipaen in the eighth round to retain his IBF and WBA bantamweight world
champion and extend his Japan’s boxing record to 17 straight world title wins.
Despite the win, Inoue was not satisfied of his performance.
“I’m sorry it became a fight that fell way below the expected level. Dipaen was really
“It was good I could enjoy fighting eight rounds in a Japanese ring. Hopefully we can
provide cards that fans want to watch next year,” he said after the sell-out Ryogoku
Kokugikan Gym in Tokyo.
With the victory, Inoue continues to assert his case as one of the best pound-for-pound
boxers in the world and the next big question for him is ‘who’s next?’
Among the frontrunner is Nonito Donaire who he defeated in 2019. Donaire, however,
became the again a champion, and is looking for a unification bout and a rematch with
the “Japanese Monster.”