INOUE'S BROTHER KEEPS OPBF 115LB BELT


May 8, 2016

TOKYO, JAPAN

Though WBO junior flyweight champ Naoya Inoue is nicknamed gMonsterh, his 20-year-old brother Takuma Inoue (7-0, 2 KOs), 114.75, is also going to follow his footstep as he very impressively retained his OPBF 115-pound belt by disposing of Indonesian national titlist Afrizal Tamboresi (12-5, 6 KOs), 114.25, at 1:40 of the second session on the undercard of his elder brotherfs defense on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

Takuma, who had won the belt of the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) in his fifth pro bout as early as Naoya, displayed his improvement in quickly flooring the more experienced opponent with solid combinations and decking him again with strong rights to prompt the refereefs intervention. Takuma, a fast combination puncher, defeated current Japanese champ Tatsuya Fukuhara in his pro debut, world-rated Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. (a conqueror of then world titlist Ryo Miyazaki in a non-title bout) in his second and Nestor Narvaes (former WBO champ Omarfs brother) in the fourth bout. Takuma, whose amateur mark was 52-5, 14 stoppages, is willing to celebrate a world coronation within this year.

Naoya's cousin, formerly five-time national amateur titlist Koki Inoue (3-0, 3 KOs), 142.25, scored a quick stoppage of Indonesian Bimo Jaggar (5-2-1, 1 KO), 139.25, at 2:59 in the first round in a scheduled eight. Koki, 23, thus registered three first-round knockouts in as many pro outings. The Inouefs may be a family of rising monsters.

(5-8-2016)


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