Koki Inoue feels he is ready for the big stage!
The Inoue family is considered royalty on the Japanese boxing circuit and is quickly becoming the same on the world stage. As unified bantamweight champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue leads the pack, other family members are looking to join the party as well.
One such family member looking to make a splash on the world circuit is the unified champion’s cousin, undefeated Junior welterweight Koki Inoue (15-0, 12ko)
Koki holds the Japanese junior welterweight title and captured the WBO Asia Pacific title after defeating Filipino fighter Jheritz Chavez (9-3-2 7ko) on December 2.
The Japanese junior welterweight titlist has serious firepower as he is the first man to ever stop the Filipino fighter.
It’s common in boxing for a fighter to gobble up some wins over lower-tier competition before looking to enter the world rankings. According to Asian Boxing news, Inoue has hinted of wanting to fight for a world championship in 2020 which could also mean vacating the Japanese title.
Holding a minor title is often how the process starts when trying to break into the four major sanctioning bodies ranking systems. It will be interesting to see how the hard-punching Japanese contender stack up against some of the more noticeable names in the division.
The junior welterweight division is loaded with talent and adding one more name to the mix only increases it’s growing popularity.
By: Garrisson Bland