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Ryosuke Nishida poses after holding a news conference in Osaka on Tuesday.
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Feb 27, 2024
Nishida to take on Rodriguez for IBF bantam title in May
The 27-year-old southpaw Nishida will be making his world title debut at Edion Arena Osaka.
Naoya Inoue at an award ceremony in Tokyo on Feb. 19
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Feb 27, 2024
Nery cleared to fight in Japan amid talk of Inoue showdown
Arrangements are underway to have "Monster" Inoue and Nery fight at Tokyo Dome in May.
Junto Nakatani (left) knocks down Mexico's Alexandro Santiago during their WBC bantamweight bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Saturday.
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Feb 25, 2024
Nakatani TKOs Santiago to become three-division world champ
The undefeated 26-year-old southpaw was one of three victorious Japanese fighters in a world title tripleheader at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Kosei Tanaka poses at his gym in Nagoya on Monday.
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Feb 13, 2024
Tanaka to go for knockout in WBO super flyweight title bout
It will be the first world championship fight for Tanaka since he suffered the first loss of his career in December 2020.
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Feb 6, 2024
Shigeoka brothers to defend world titles in March
Yudai Shigeoka is scheduled to face former WBO champion Melvin Jerusalem, while Ginjiro Shigeoka will be challenged by ArAr Andales.
Undisputed world super bantamweight boxing champion Naoya Inoue poses for a photo after taking part in a WOWOW TV program in Tokyo on Monday.
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Jan 30, 2024
Inoue says fighting at Tokyo Dome would be extra motivation
A recent U.S. media report said that Inoue will face Mexico's Luis Nery at the venue on May 6.
Undisputed super bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (center) will fight Luis Nery at Tokyo Dome on May 6, according to a report by ESPN.
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Jan 25, 2024
Super bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue to meet Luis Nery at Tokyo Dome in May
Nery is currently ranked first in the super bantamweight division by the World Boxing Council.
Kenshiro Teraji (left) throws a punch during his bout with Carlos Canizales on Tuesday at Edion Arena Osaka.
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Jan 24, 2024
Teraji retains WBA and WBC titles as Akui becomes new champion
Teraji won a majority decision over Venezuela's Carlos Canizales after a slugfest at Edion Arena Osaka, where the two fighters traded knockdowns in the early rounds.
Japan's Naoya Inoue celebrates after defeating Marlon Tapales of the Philippines in their four-belt world super bantamweight title unification match at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on Dec. 26.
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Jan 9, 2024
Undisputed champ Inoue to fight Nery in May: report
On Friday, Inoue, who is 26-0 with 23 knockouts as a pro, became the first Japanese boxer to be named fighter of the year by the prestigious Ring Magazine.
Japan's Naoya Inoue celebrates his victory over Marlon Tapales of the Philippines at Tokyo's Ariake Arena on Dec. 26.
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Jan 6, 2024
Inoue wins Ring Magazine's Fighter of the Year award
The man nicknamed "Monster" stopped two-belt world champion Marlon Tapales of the Philippines last month to become just the second boxer to unify two divisions.
Naoya Inoue (right) fights with Marlon Tapales during their four-belt super bantamweight unification match in Tokyo on Tuesday.
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Dec 28, 2023
Boxing fans await two-division king Inoue's next move
The 30-year-old indicated he would remain at super bantam for the time being and could be set to defend his unified crown as early as May.
Naoya Inoue fights Marlon Tapales  during their four-belt super bantamweight title unification match at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on Tuesday.
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Dec 27, 2023
Naoya Inoue still hungry after becoming undisputed super bantamweight champ
Naoya Inoue has said that he intends to retire at 35 but he hinted earlier this year that he might prolong his career for two extra years.
Japanese boxer Naoya Inoue displays his title belts after becoming the undisputed super bantamweight champion on Tuesday evening.
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Dec 26, 2023
Naoya Inoue KOs Marlon Tapales to become super bantamweight champion
Naoya "the Monster" Inoue defeats Marlon Tapales by KO in 10th round to claim the four-belt world super bantamweight title.
Naoya Inoue (left) faces off against Marlon Tapales after their weigh-in ahead of their four-belt world super bantamweight title unification bout at Tokyo's Ariake Arena on Tuesday.
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Dec 25, 2023
Naoya Inoue, Marlon Tapales weigh in for 4-belt super bantam showdown
A win against Tapales would make Inoue the second man to unify all four world championships in two different weight classes..
Luis Alberto Lopez celebrates after winning a fight against Josh Warrington in December 2022.
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Dec 20, 2023
Japan's Abe to face Mexico's Lopez for featherweight title
Abe, the IBF's No. 1 ranked contender, will be fighting outside Japan for the first time.
Tyson Fury (left) and Oleksandr Usyk will meet for the undisputed heavyweight championship in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 24, 2024.
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Nov 17, 2023
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk to meet for undisputed title
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will meet for the undisputed heavyweight championship in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 24, 2024.
Japan’s Naoya Inoue holds a news conference to announce his next bout, in Yokohama on Wednesday.
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Oct 25, 2023
'Monster' Inoue eyes second undisputed crown against Tapales
The boxer last year became the first undisputed bantamweight world champion in half a century, before vacating his belts to move up to superbantamweight.
Francis Ngannou trains in Las Vegas on Sept. 26 ahead of his Oct. 28 world heavyweight title bout with Tyson Fury.
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Oct 22, 2023
MMA star’s $10 million boxing payday continues shakeup
Francis Ngannou will fight world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
Ginjiro (left) and Yudai Shigeoka celebrate their minimumweight title wins at Ota City General Gymnasium on Saturday.
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Oct 8, 2023
Shigeoka brothers both seize world titles
Ginjiro knocked down Mexico's Daniel Valladares before stopping him in the fifth round of their long-awaited rematch.
Junto Nakatani is named the winner of his WBO super flyweight title bout against Argi Cortes at Tokyo's Ariake Arena on Monday.
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Sep 19, 2023
Junto Nakatani retains WBO super flyweight title
Two judges scored the bout 119-106, while the other scored it 118-107.

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