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Inoue To Defend Undisputed 122-lb Championship In opposition to Doheny In Tokyo In September

In September, Naoya Inoue will defend his undisputed tremendous bantamweight championship in opposition to TJ Doheny in Tokyo, Japan.

It’s an unpopular transfer by the 31-year-old ‘Monster’ Inoue (27-0, 24 KOs), as a result of followers aren’t all for seeing him battle the 37-year-old Eire native Doheny (26-4, 20 KOs), who has misplaced 4 out of his final 9 fights since 2019.

Doheny’s Latest Struggles and Comeback

This is perhaps seen as Inoue avenging the lack of these Japanese fighters who suffered defeats by the hands of Doheny: Ryosuke Iwasa, Ryohei Takahashi, and Kazuki Nakajima. There’s no actual true get-back for Inoue by beating a man with a 5-4 file in his final 9 fights.

Doheny is ranked #2 WBO, #6 WBA, #7 IBF, and #9 WBC. He went by way of a tough patch in his profession from 2019 to 2023 when these fighters beat him:

Sam Goodman
Michael Conlan
Ionuț Băluță
Daniel Roman

Why Doheny?

Though Doheny has received his final three fights since going 2-4, the victories have been in opposition to bottom-range-level scrubs. Doheny’s three comeback fights have all taken place in Japan, so the Japanese followers are conversant in him and shall be agreeable to see Inoue defend his 4 belts in opposition to him.

Extra importantly, it’s a secure battle for Inoue as a result of Doheny isn’t a menace to beat him like a few of the different fighters, notably his WBA obligatory and the damaging skills at 126.

Followers need Inoue to both face his #1 ranked WBA contender, Murodjon Akhmadaliev, which he’s proven no real interest in combating, or transfer as much as featherweight to face the killers in that weight class that would deal him with defeat after defeat.

Inoue has the scale to battle featherweight and appears light-weight when rehydrated.

Harmful Sharks Await Inoue At 126

Inoue appears to have misplaced the risk-taking mindset that he had earlier and has been taking part in it secure. U.S followers have famous Inoue has chosen to remain at 122, and so they really feel that he’s flat-out scared to maneuver as much as 126 to face these harmful predatory sharks that would rip him to items:

– Nick Ball
– Bruce Carrington
– Rey Vargas
– Luis Alberto Lopez
– Robeisy Ramirez
– Rafael Espinoza

John Anderson
John Anderson
John Anderson is a seasoned sports journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, John has worked with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His insightful analysis and in-depth reporting have earned him multiple awards in sports journalism.


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