Three-weight World Champion, Naoya Inoue, is ready to compete for the Muhammad Ali Trophy in the bantamweight edition.
“It is an honour to be able to participate and compete in such a great tournament,” said the WBA World Regular 118lb Champion.
25-year-old Inoue (16-0, 14 KOs) from Zama, Japan is a three-weight world champion, having held the WBA Regular bantamweight title since May 2018, the WBO junior-bantamweight title from 2014 to March 2018, and the WBC light-flyweight title in 2014
And Inoue – aka ‘The Monster’ – is oozing confidence ahead of the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.
“Of course I will win and as the winner of the tournament, I will continue onto the next journey of my boxing career!”
“We are thrilled to have Inoue on board Season II’s amazing bantamweight tournament,” said Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland. “His stage name ‘The Monster’ has proved fitting; Inoue is an extremely exciting fighter and possesses absolutely extraordinary power.”
“Inoue has become one of the biggest idols in his native Japan and now gets the chance to showcase his skills in the Ali Trophy tournament, the greatest stage of all.”
“In the main event of the evening, we have Payano taking on Inoue, the local hero, the ‘Monster’ as he is called. It is going to be his toughest fight so far, Payano is an absolute warrior in the ring, a former world champion. Inoue will need all the local support he can get and I have heard that there will be a very big crowd on Sunday evening. So we are very excited to be here in Japan.”
It is a doubleheader night with the WBA World Super-Lightweight Championship between Belarus’s Kiryl Relikh and Russia’s Eduard Troyanovsky in the second main event.
“We are two fighters who can punch so it is going to be a really good fight,” said Troyanovsky. “People can look forward to a fight that will probably not go all the rounds.”
Relikh is also expecting fireworks in Yokohama.