Former undisputed world bantamweight champion Naoya ‘’the Monster’’ Inoue of Ohashi Boxing Gym ended a three-day training camp in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, with his brother Takuma and cousin Koki Inoue on March 1 in preparation for his planned challenge to World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization super bantamweight champion Stephen Fulton of the United States for the latter’s titles in May, the gym said.
While the main purpose of the camp was to train second-ranked World Boxing Association bantamweight Takuma for his fight with third-ranked Liborio Solis of Venezuela for the vacant WBA bantamweight title on Apr. 8 in Tokyo, Naoya led the interval training, in which they engaged in six 800-meter running with a 1-minute jogging for each, on the final day, according to the gym.
After the training supervised by the gym’s trainers Akira Yaegashi and Shingo Inoue, a father of Naoya and Takuma, the 29-year-old Naoya issued a statement through the gym, ‘’Since I have trained my physical side, I will next make an adjustment by doing sparring sessions (since the upcoming fight will be his first fight at super bantamweight).’’
The 27-year-old Takuma also issued a statement through the gym to the effect that he is 100 percent satisfied with the training camp as he thinks he can reduce his weight to the bantamweight without much ado.’’
Former WBO Asia-Pacific super lightweight and former Japanese super lightweight champion Koki Inoue, 30, who returned to the ring for the first time in two years and seven months last month with a technical knockout win, commented through the gym, ‘’I think I can give myself full marks after going through the camp.’’
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