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Naoya Inoue Vs. TJ Doheny: A Controversial Title Protection In Tokyo In September

‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue (27-0, 24 KOs) has made an unpopular option to defend his 4 122-lb titles in opposition to TJ Doheny (26-4, 20 KOs) in September in his native homeland in Tokyo, Japan.

Inoue’s determination to defend his undisputed tremendous bantamweight championship in opposition to the 37-year-old Doheny, seen by followers as an previous barnacle, has resulted in an enormous backlash from followers on social media, who’re sad with the Japanese star’s selection.

There’s little good to say about Doheny apart from he’s gained three in a row, however his opposition has been the weak selection to assist rebuild his shattered profession when he misplaced three out of 4 fights from 2020 to 2023.

Doheny’s current wins have pushed him up the rankings at 122 to #2 WBO, #6 WBA, #7 IBF, and #9 WBC. These three victories all occurred in Japan in opposition to Japanese fighters, so he’s identified by the locals over there, which is able to create a level of curiosity in Inoue taking up Doheny.

It’s questionable whether or not Doheny belongs anyplace close to the highest 10, given the poor middle-of-the-road three fighters he beat to claw his manner again after getting repeatedly crushed throughout a foul run of luck.

Historical past of Upsets

Throughout TJ Doheny’s greatest years, he defeated three Japanese fighters: Ryosuke Iwasa, Ryohei Takahashi, and Kazuki Nakajima. Some view Inoue’s determination to face Doheny as a manner for him to avenge his countrymen’s losses. If that’s the case, it’s a waste of his profession as a result of these guys weren’t ok to beat him and the opposite prime fighters.

Followers needed to see Inoue defend his undisputed championship in opposition to former IBF/WBA tremendous bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev, who’s ranked #1 WBA and is in a single for a world title.

Moderately than struggle the damaging Akhmadaliev, Monster Inoue has determined to make a voluntary protection in opposition to Doheny. It’s straightforward to determine why. Doheny is the better struggle with much less danger.

Featherweight Fears?

There’s a rising perception amongst U.S. followers that Naoya Inoue is afraid of shifting as much as featherweight because of the dangers concerned with preventing higher opposition, a lot of which have related punching energy and have the technical abilities to take care of his hand velocity.

The featherweights view Inoue as meals, and so they can’t wait to beat him and be the primary to ship him all the way down to defeat. These fighters are ready for Inoue at 126:  Nick Ball, Bruce Carrington, Rey Vargas, Luis Alberto Lopez, Robeisy Ramirez, and Rafael Espinoza,

These hungry wolves can’t wait to feed on Inoue, and it’s going to be fascinating to see what occurs when he comes down in weight to face them.

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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