Naoya Inoue-Aran Dipaen Set, December 14 At Kokugikan Area In Tokyo

Naoya Inoue will get his long-awaited homecoming struggle.

The three-division and reigning WBA/IBF bantamweight titlist will headline a present in his native Japan for the primary time since November 2019. The chance comes December 14, when Inoue defends his belts versus Thailand’s Aran Dipaen (12-2, 11KOs) on the famed Ryogoku Kokugikan Area in Tokyo.

“It has been two years since I’ve fought in Japan,” Inoue said upon confirming the struggle. “I am actually wanting ahead to it.”

Yokohama’s Inoue (21-0, 18KOs) goals to make the fourth protection of at the very least one bantamweight title and his third as a unified champion. The pound-for-pound entrant is coming off of back-to-back knockout wins in Las Vegas, together with a three-round drubbing of Philippines Michael Dasmarinas this previous June at Virgin Motels Las Vegas. The win adopted a one-sided seventh-round stoppage of high bantamweight contender Jason Moloney final Halloween.

The title protection versus Dipaen is on the weaker aspect of opponents, although one who matches the invoice given Japan’s present Covid-related journey restrictions. The announcement itself was delayed as occasion organizers sought affirmation that Dipean—who enters his first profession title struggle—could be eligible to make the journey from Thailand to Japan for the occasion. 

Dipaen suffered each profession defeats on the street, as he’s 1-2 outdoors of Thailand. The 30-year-old from Khon Kaen, Thailand does boast one win in Japan, a June 2019 second-round knockout of Ryohei Arakawa in his fifth professional struggle. 

In his most up-to-date begin, Dipean scored a sixth-round stoppage of countryman Sukpraserd Ponpitak this previous March in Bang Phli. His function on this struggle comes strictly on his being the highest-ranked obtainable challenger as he’s number-six in the newest IBF rankings. Lee McGregor (#3) and Moloney (#5) are on account of meet in an IBF-sanctioned title eliminator, whereas Paul Butler (#4) is at the moment set to problem WBO bantamweight titlist John Riel Casimero, doubtless December 11 in Dubai.

As such, Inoue will get to play his residence nation for the primary time in additional than two years. His final struggle in Japan got here in his memorable twelve-round, unanimous resolution victory over four-division champ Nonito Donaire in November 2019 at Saitama Tremendous Area in Saitama, Japan. Inoue unified the WBA/IBF titles together with successful the World Boxing Tremendous Collection bantamweight match with the win.

The upcoming return residence marks Inoue’s second profession look at Kokugikan, a famed sumo wrestling enviornment which housed the entire boxing occasions for the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics this previous summer time. Inoue final performed the venue in December 2013, coming in his fifth professional struggle and his final and not using a title at stake. The supremely expert boxer claimed the WBC junior flyweight title only one struggle later, with each subsequent struggle coming with some type of a belt at stake—14-0 (12 KOs) in main title fights together with a pair of first-round knockouts with a secondary model of the WBA bantamweight title at stake.

The present may even embrace the just lately sorted WBO strawweight title struggle between defending champ Wilfredo Mendez (16-1, 6KOs) and Tokyo-based obligatory challenger Masataka Taniguchi (14-3, 9KOs). Mendez will make the third protection of his title and second straight outdoors of his native Puerto Rico. 

Jake Donovan is a senior author for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox–161588 | Naoya Inoue-Aran Dipaen Set, December 14 At Kokugikan Area In Tokyo

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