Naoya “The Monster” Inoue won again in spectacular fashion by KO in the 2nd round, defending his super flyweight title for the first time. Inoue who was fighting in front a full house at Tokyo’s Ariake Collesium during the most important boxing season in Japan, the New Year’s week, wasted little time in handling an easily overmatched Warlito Parrenas.
Inoue hadn’t fought since last year during the same time period as he injured his hand and had to spend the year healing. Inoue told me after the fight his hand felt fine and there was no pain. Inoue’s promoter from the Ohashi gym said that Inoue would fight again and defend his title in either April or May in Japan, though no specific opponent is as of yet in mind.
Warlito Parrenas who fought to a draw in his last fight against David Carmona got the nod to fight Inoue first with an understanding that Carmona would get the second crack. However, the Ohashi gym has said they think a rematch between Parrenas and Carmona should come next, meaning Inoue will definitely not be facing Carmona this spring.
Inoue stated he’d like to fight in Las Vegas and showcase his talents there. Whether or not he’ll be able to show them off for very long is anyone’s best guess as he racked up his 8th KO in 9 professional fights.
When asked about the possibility of a showdown with the pound for pound king Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Inoue dodged the question saying “it’s a difficult question to answer” with his Ohashi Gym promoter echoing that sentiment. Inoue said a couple of months ago that “I should do 4 or 5 [more] fights so I can be ready to face him.”
One word did come out of his mouth when asked about a next opponent: “Cuadras.” Carlos Caudras is the WBC super flyweight champion who has said he’d like to unify the division. Be careful what you wish for Mr. Caudras; a monster knows your name.