Naoya Inoue has his subsequent title battle set. The lengthy rumored and mentioned matchup with Stephen Fulton Jr. is now official as the 2 will meet on Sunday, May 7 in Yokohama, Japan, Top Rank Boxing introduced.
Inoue, who achieved undisputed standing at bantamweight, will transfer as much as 122 kilos in pursuit of extra gold as Fulton will stake his WBC and WBC titles within the mammoth matchup.
Inoue, 29, is taken into account among the many pound-for-pound finest fighters on the planet. The Japanese bantamweight smashed by way of all the things in his path at 118 kilos, claiming all 4 acknowledged titles within the division in three years. Inoue destroyed Nonito Donaire of their rematch in 2022 to assert the WBC title. Their first assembly was an on the spot basic as Donaire pushed Inoue to the restrict and prompted a damaged orbital bone within the battle. Inoue then accomplished the set by stopping Paul Butler in December for the WBO crown.
Fulton, in the meantime, has been nothing wanting spectacular in his run to seize the titles at 122 kilos. He took a majority choice off Brandon Figueroa in November 2021, a battle that earned recognition within the Fight of the Year debate. Fulton adopted that up with a unanimous choice win over Daniel Roman in June 2022.