The revised date for the world title fight between Stephen Fulton and Naoyo Inoue for the WBO and WBC super-bantamweight world titles is July 25 at Tokyo’s Ariake Arena, it was announced on Wednesday.
Before Inoue reportedly suffered an injury during training, the clash between the two had been scheduled on May 7, but that date was later changed.
After establishing himself as the undisputed bantamweight champion, Japanese boxing sensation Inoue, one of the most lethal punchers in the sport, is now stepping up a level to face American boxer Fulton, who is also unbeaten.
Hailing from US’s Philadephia, Fulton challenges the Japanese champ for the WBC and WBO super-bantamweight belts. Inoue is attempting to become just the sixth Asian boxer to win world titles in four different weight classes, and the matchup matches two of the best boxers in the world against one another.
Inoue, who is 24-0 (21), is 19-0 in attacks for world titles, with 17 of his victories being won by KO. In order to win the WBC light-flyweight world title, he knocked out Adrian Hernandez in 2014.
In his first 12 fights as a pro, Fulton, 21-0 (8), defeated five prospects who had never lost. He won the WBO super-bantamweight world championship by defeating Angelo Leo in January 2021 Ten months later, he added the WBC title to his collection by defeating Brandon Figueroa, who was unbeaten at the time.
In a unanimous decision over previous unified world champion Daniel Roman, Fulton successfully defended both championships in June of last year.