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Inoue wants to show the World his skills, speed & power

Inoue wants to show the World his skills, speed & power

14th, January 2019

Japanese ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue talks WBSS, Emmanuel Rodriguez and much more in Ring Magazine’s February edition.

The WBA World Champion is the first Japanese fighter to feature on the front page of the legendary magazine which saw its first edition published in 1922. 

In the interview, Inoue tells his story from when he started boxing at the age of six to the magical night in Yokohama last year where he knocked out former world champion Juan Carlos Payano with a mind-blowing, electrifying jab-cross in a 118 lb WBSS quarter-final.

70 seconds was all he needed to book his place in the semi against Emmanuel Rodriguez, Puerto Rico’s IBF Champion.

Rodriguez retained the IBF title with a twelve round split decision over previously undefeated Jason Moloney in his quarter-final in Orlando, which Inoue was watching from ringside.

“From looking at the Moloney fight, I could see that Rodriguez had speed, technique and very good fundamentals,” Inoue tells Ring Magazine and looks forward to this year’s hotly anticipated match-up between the two unbeaten champions.

“I think it’s going to be a good fight, and we’ll both try to match each other’s skills. I can see this fight being at close distance and very skillful.”

Entering the WBSS has made it possible for Inoue to see if his devastating power can overtake the division and to show the world what the ‘Monster’ is about.

“This tournament allows us to find out who really is top of the division. The main reason I entered is because I wanted to prove I was number one.”

“It would have been hard to become undisputed champion without the World Boxing Super Series. Right now, I am motivated to show my skills, my speed and my power all over the world, not just in Japan.”

The winner of the inaugural WBSS bantamweight tournament, will emerge as IBF, WBA, WBO and champion at 118 pounds and take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy, the greatest prize in boxing.

The full RING Magazine interview with Inoue can be purchased here.

Read:‘Rodriguez believes he can tame the Monster’ here.

Details, dates and venues for the sensational semi-finals of Season II of the World Boxing Super Series will soon be announced.


WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:


  • Nonito Donaire vs Zolani Tete
  • Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez


  • Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh
  • Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk


  • Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
  • Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti