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Legacy secured, but greedy Naoya Inoue wants more

Naoya Inoue nd Stephen Fulton. Photo credit: talkSPORT

The legacy of Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue is already secure but the 30-year-old Japanese phemon is looking for more accolades before he eventually hangs up his gloves.

Next week the former three-weight world champion will be gunning to join Kazuto Ioka as the only four-division world champ from Japan.

Inoue 24-0 (21) will have to get past the well-schooled Stephen ‘Cool Boy’ Fulton 21-0 (8) who will be putting his WBC and WBO super bantamweight on the line at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday night.

Fulton is no easy mark. Despite not being a puncher, the 29-year-old from Philidelphia in the United States has many strings to his bow and can box equally effectivley on the inside or at range.

Inoue has shown few holes in his game since turning pro almost 11 years ago and being put on the fast track to success. He won his first world title when he sixth bout when he dethroned Adrian Hernandez in six frames to claim the WBC junior flyweight title in April 2014.

Inoue made one title defence before jumping up two divisions to blast out long-reigning WBO super flyweight champ Omar Narvaez in two stanzas in December of the same year. Seven successful title defence would follow before he shifted up to bantamweight in 2018 where he unified all four major world titles in a four year span.

The Fulton fight will mark his 122-pound debut and his 20th straight world title fight, including WBA ‘regular’ title fights.

Inoue is under no illusion about the obstacle he faces in Fulton.

“From here it will be a real challenge,” Inoue said in an episode of ‘Camp Life’ on ESPN. “I’m pushing the boundaries of my build, my limits.

“I really don’t know what kind of fight this is going to be. I’m just going to do everything I can to win. If I get the chance I’ll go for a knockout and if it doesn’t go that way, I’ll just focus on keeping my boxing solid to get that win.”

Although known for his punching power, it is Inoue’s boxing ability that sets him up for wins inside the distance. Quick hands, smart shot selection and top-shelf ring genralship are the hallmarks of his style.

“I do think my boxing can win. No matter my style I just need to focus on winning,” said Inoue. “I want to show my fans the belt around my waist at the end.”

Fulton may not have the power of Inoue, but his ring smarts are very much on par.

“I feel like my fighting style is very smart and intelligent fighting style. I fight to my mood and however I am feeling,” said Fulton.

“I like to do things others won’t do. That’s what takes a man to his next level and next height.”