#4 TAKUMA INOUE DEFEATS #15 SALUDAR


September 4, 2016

ZAMA, JAPAN

Unbeaten younger brother of WBO 115-pound champ Naoya, WBC#4 Takuma Inoue (8-0, 2 KOs), 116.75, came off the canvas in the first round, fought back hard, dropped back WBC#15 flyweight Froilan Saludar (23-2-1, 15 KOs), 115.5, twice and pounded out a unanimous decision (97-90 twice, 96-91) over ten hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Zama, Japan. Takuma, seven-time national high school champ, overcame the first-round visit to the deck, battered the game Filipino with faster combinations and floored him in the eighth and ninth sessions. It was a furious give-and-take affair with the youngsters displaying all they had to entertain the well-packed crowd. Takuma may be a very possible challenger to the newly crowned WBO bantam titlist Marlon Tapales in his initial defense.

Unbeaten Koki Inoue (5-0, 4 KOs), 143.25, proved too fast and ferocious for Indonesian super-lightweight champ Heri Andriyanto (22-23-2, 10 KOs), 141.75, halting him with a southpaw right hook at 1:20 of the second session in a scheduled eight-round bout. Koki, a cousin of Inoue brothers, was also a national high school champ and was campaigning in University league before turning professional. Koki looks promising with his speed and power, plus good height and reach.

(9-4-2016)


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