September 4, 2016
Unbeaten WBO 115-pound champion Naoya gMonsterh Inoue (10-0, 8 KOs) will defend his belt against top ranked Thailander Petchbangborn (38-7-1, 18 KOs) today (Sunday) in Zama city, Kanagawa, Japan. Zama is well-known by a US military camp there and is also the native place of the defending titlist. Inoue, 23, is making his third defense against all the WBO top contenders in succession, being a prohibitive favorite to the 31-year-old Thailander whose mark here is 1-4, having lost to Kohei Kono (L8) and Sho Ishida (KOby2). Petchbangborn, however, is lately in good form as he won sixteen straight, including nine KOs. But Inoue is said to be in good shape, and people here expect his fine and crowd-pleasing knockout win.
WBO officials are as follows: referee Mark Nelson, judges Lou Moret, Pat Morley, Daniel Sandoval; supervisor Leon Panoncillo (all from the US).
Also unbeaten Takuma Inoue, the champfs younger brother, will take on WBC #15 flyweight contender Froilan Saludar, Philippines, over eight.
2012 Olympic bronze medalist Satoshi Shimizu, a 5f11h Panama Al Brown stylist, will make a professional debut against Korean feather titlist In-Kyoo Lee over six.
Inoue's homecoming show is presented by ex-world 105-pound champ Hideyuki Ohashifs Ohashi Promotions. Ohashi has become a big impresarito after his retirement, now weighing some 175 pounds.
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