Japanese boxing prodigy Naoya Inoue 15-0 (13) has agreed in principle to participate in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) after his fight later this month for the WBA bantamweight title against champion Jamie McDonnell 29-2-1 (13) in what will be the former two-division world champion’s 118-pound debut.
The second season of the WBSS is set to feature the bantamweight division and already has WBA “super” champion Ryan Burnett, WBO champion Zolani Tete and newly-minted IBF kingpin Emmanuel Rodriguez locked in. The eight-man single-elimination tournament is due to commence in September.
The 25-year-old Japanese phenom, known as “The Monster” for his habit of destroying opponents, will be a welcome addition to this exciting line-up.
Kalle Sauerland, Chief Boxing Officer for tournament organiser Comosa AG, is excited about the new signings and is expecting the sporting public to get behind the tournament once again.
“It’s great to kick things off with three champions already signed up,” Sauerland exclusively told Sky Sports. “The overall concept of the product is to have the best against the best, so we are in a great place.
“McDonnell versus Inoue is a cracking fight and the winner is a natural to go in this tournament. There’s certainly a space in the tournament for the winner and we’re very close with Inoue. We’ve agreed terms with him, so Inoue is agreed.”
If McDonnell springs the upset and retains his title against Inoue in Japan on May 25, he will be considered for the September line-up.
“With McDonnell, we will speak to him and his team after the title clash on May 25,” said Sauerland. “We will just have to see after their fight but I’m hopeful that the winner goes in.”
The McDonnell versus Inoue world title bout will be broadcast live from Tokyo, Japan on Sky Sports Action and Mix on Friday May 25 from 1pm.