In a showdown that features two of boxing’s best in the bantamweight division, Stephen Fulton takes on Naoya Inoue in Japan on July 25th for all the bantamweight gold. The former is the current WBC and WBO super bantamweight champion while the latter holds the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and the Ring bantamweight titles. While the fight was originally scheduled for May 7th, it was pushed back to July 25th with Inoue sustaining an injury. With the bout almost three months away, it will give these two fighters an opportunity to train to their best ability in the pursuit of unifying all of the bantamweight gold at the Arlake Arena in Tokyo.
In this report, SBS will be going over what to look for from each fighter and a final prediction on who will reign supreme at the Arlake Arena.
The unified super bantamweight world champion, Fulton has held the WBO title since January of 2021 and also picked up the WBC strap in November of that same year. At one point he has also been ranked as the No. 1 junior featherweight in the world by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. With an undefeated overall record of 21 wins with zero losses, the 28-year-old from Philadelphia has been able to amass a variety of fantastic performances. A fighter with a penchant for scoring high on the judge’s scorecards, the majority of Fulton’s wins have come via decision at 13 total to eight knockouts.
A former Golden Gloves gold medalist at the super bantamweight level back in 2013, Fulton is coming off a unanimous decision win over Daniel Roman in July of last year. This will be his second title defense and will be his biggest bout yet as he has yet to meet a challenger that has brought him to a split decision. Moreover, this will also be the American’s first fight outside of the United States as he takes on the former three-division world champion, Inoue.
Opposing the American is the highly-successful Inoue, nicknamed “The Monster” because of his speed, punching power, and ferocity. With an amazing knockout ratio of 88%, few have been able to stand in the ring with the 30-year-old for long and come out unscathed. As of earlier this year, he is ranked as the world’s best active boxer, pound for pound, by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Moreover, he is also the only Japanese fighter in history to be recognized as the No. 1 competitor in pound-for-pound rankings by global boxing outlets.
With an unblemished record of 24-0, Inoue has won the majority of his bouts via knockout with 21 total KO victories in his career. In fact, he is coming off a string of five consecutive KO or TKO wins, including victories over the likes of Paul Butler and Nonito Donaire. With his latest victory over Butler, Inoue became the first boxer in history to defeat all four major sanctioning organization champions by knockout.
Prediction: A blistering showdown, Inoue takes the decision here given his lengthier track record, and also having this battle on Japanese soil gives him a mental boost.
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