In a highly anticipated showdown, Naoya Inoue, widely known as “The Monster,” is set to move up in weight from bantamweight to super bantamweight, challenging the best in the division – Stephen Fulton, also known as “Cool Boy.” Fulton, the current holder of the WBO and WBC super bantamweight titles, faces a formidable task as Inoue seeks to add another chapter to his illustrious career.
The Quest for Four:
If Inoue emerges victorious, he will etch his name among the legends of boxing, joining the ranks of Canelo Alvarez, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Kazuto Ioka, and his idol, Nonito Donaire, as a four-weight world champion. The significance of this endeavor cannot be understated, and Inoue’s pursuit of greatness adds an extra layer of intrigue to this already compelling matchup.
Inoue’s aggressive style and devastating punching power make him a formidable opponent for anyone who steps in the ring with him. His ability to unleash thunderous shots has left a trail of fallen foes in his wake.
However, facing him is Stephen Fulton, a slick and skilled boxer who possesses the unique ability to adapt to different styles. Fulton’s slick footwork, defensive prowess, and technical proficiency make him a worthy adversary for Inoue.
The Tokyo Challenge:
As the fight takes place in Tokyo, Japan, Inoue holds the advantage of fighting in front of his passionate home crowd. Additionally, his superior knockout rate, with an astonishing 88% compared to Fulton’s 38%, adds to his favoritism.
Nevertheless, it would be remiss to overlook the fact that Fulton will be the visiting fighter, driven by a desire to defend his titles on foreign soil and make a statement against one of the sport’s most feared fighters.
The Unknown Factor:
While Inoue’s record speaks for itself, it is worth noting that he has yet to face a fighter with Stephen Fulton’s unique style. Fulton’s ability to adapt and his technical proficiency could present challenges that Inoue has not encountered before.
Furthermore, Fulton’s potential size advantage on fight night may prove to be a crucial factor in this battle of contrasting styles.
Regardless of the outcome, the clash between Naoya Inoue and Stephen Fulton promises to be a spectacle that will captivate boxing fans worldwide. It epitomizes the diversity and beauty of the sport, showcasing the convergence of power and finesse.
Fulton vs Inoue Tactical Overview
You can watch my tactical overview for Fulton Vs Inoue below to see my thoughts and breakdown of the tactics both men might employ.
How can I watch Fulton vs Inoue?
The fight has been confirmed to air in UK and Ireland via Sky Sports or Now TV. While in the US, it will be available on ESPN+ subscription for further information, click on the provided links below:
Betting odds for Fulton vs Inoue
Naoya Inoue is currently a huge favorite at 3/10 (-330) to win the fight. While you can get 23/10 (+230) on Stephen Fulton if you fancy a big upset.
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Fulton vs Inoue – Estimated ring walks
The fight will take Tuesday 25th July at the Ariake Arena, Koto-Ku, Tokyo, Japan. With the main event ring walks as follows – subject to change*
Japan (local time): 9 pm – 10 pm
The UK and Europe*: 1 pm – 2 pm
North America PST: 5 am
North America EST: 8 am
Australia AEST: 10 pm
Fulton vs Inoue – Undercard
Current undercard fights for Fulton vs Inoue:
- Robeisy Ramirez vs Satoshi Shimizu – WBO featherweight title
- Chihiro Iwashita vs Hiroyuki Takahara – super featherweight contest
- Kanamu Sakama vs Ryu Horikawa – light flyweight contest
- Taiga Sakama – Hebi Marapu – lightweight contest
- Yoshiki Takei vs Ronnie Baldonado – super bantamweight contest
- Yuki Kajitani vs Masato Shinoda – super flyweight contest
You can check out some of our breakdown articles below on Stephen Fulton and Naoya Inoue below:
- The Monster Naoya Inoue’s Boxing Style
- Stephen Fulton’s Cool Boxing Style | Analysis Breakdown
- How Naoya Inoue Trains
Stephen Fulton's Cool Boy nickname typifies his boxing style in the ring. He is a fighter who has all the slick boxing skills in the game to have a successful career and potentially be one of the...
The 'Monster' Naoya Inoue is considered one of the most feared fighters in world boxing today due to his unreal power, unique skillset, and body punching attacks. In this boxing style breakdown...