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Inoue hopes to win WBA bantamweight title his brother ‘Monster’ let go

Feb 13, 2023 20:19 pm

Former World Boxing Council bantamweight interim champion Takuma Inoue of Ohashi Boxing Gym will face third-ranked Liborio Solis of Venezuela for the vacant WBA bantamweight title left vacant by his brother Naoya ‘’The Monster’’ Inoue on Apr. 8 at Tokyo’s Ariake Arena, organizers said on Feb. 13.
Amazon Prime Video will televise the fight and other big bouts on the day live vis-à-vis its series called ‘’Prime Video Presents Live Boxing No. 4.’’

The 27-year-old Inoue, ranked second by the WBA, spoke before a group of reporters at a hotel in Tokyo, ‘’The upcoming fight is a much-awaited fight for me since my elder brother will move up to super bantamweight. After winning the title, I hope to unify the four (bantamweight) titles.’’

While Inoue captured the WBA bantamweight interim title in December 2018, he failed to become a full-fledged champion as he lost to Nordine Oubaali of France in November 2019.

Since then, Inoue has won his four straight bouts, setting the stage for his world title opportunity.
About Solis, who has been fighting for more than 20 years as a professional, Inoue said, ‘’While he is 40 years old, his experience is nothing to sneeze at. But I have also fought for about 10 years. My elder brother told me that he will be happy if I can collect all the four (bantamweight) titles he let go. I am determined to win the title at all costs.’’

Inoue has a record of 17 wins, including four KOs, against a loss, whereas Solis has a 35-6-1 win-loss-draw tally with 16 knockouts.

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