Inoue v Aleem WBO Title Fight Possible If Fulton Vacates At 122

"Monster" Inoue Could Clash with "The Beast" Aleem

Naoya Inoue v Ra'eese Aleem possible if Stephen Fulton moves up
Naoya Inoue (L, Credit: Toru Takahashi/The Associated Press), Ra'eese Aleem

Naoya Inoue v Ra’eese Aleem Likely if Stephen Fulton Moves Up

Undisputed bantamweight champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue (24-0, 21KO) could face super bantamweight top contender Ra’eese “The Beast” Aleem (20-0, 12KO) for the WBO title. This is provided that unified champion Stephen “Cool Boy Steph” Fulton (21-0, 8KO) decides to vacate the title.

RELATED: Fulton v Figueroa Interim Title Fight Could Shake Up 122 And 126

As 3Kings Boxing reported, Fulton will rematch former WBC champion Brandon Figueroa (23-1-1, 18KO) for the WBC Interim featherweight title. The winner could be elevated to full champion status should Rey Vargas vacate the full title after fighting for the vacant WBC junior lightweight title.

After capturing the undisputed bantamweight crown, Monster put the entire super bantamweight division on notice after announcing plans to move up. The 3Kings Top 10 rated fighter is one of the reasons behind the increase in attention for the lower weight division. Fans’ excitement of possibly seeing a showdown with Fulton was quickly quieted by the Figueroa rematch announcement.


The boxing community may have to settle on Monster fighting The Beast instead. As a champion, the Japanese sensation would leapfrog everyone in the division into the mandatory slot, per WBO rules.

Aleem has been chasing a title fight with Fulton and unified champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev without success. In 2021, he called out Akhmadaliev after capturing the number-one spot by winning the WBA interim title. He gained the WBO number-one spot after defeating number-two ranked Mike Plania in September 2022.

Many scenarios are possible scenarios here. Boxing fans will be paying close attention to the division for the next two months.

By: Bo Bland

Featured Article: Bazinyan: “Its My First Fight Without My Father; Nothing Can Beat Me”

Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."