Naoya Inoue turns sparring partner’s legs to jelly in brutal knockout video as he prepares for unified super bantamweight title fight against American dangerman Stephen Fulton
- Footage from inside Naoya Inoue’s camp shows a Japanese puncher laying down his sparring partner
- Inoue takes on Stephen Fulton on July 25 at Ariake Arena in Tokyo
Naoya Inoue has provided further compelling evidence as to why he is one of the most feared boxers in the world.
Footage has recently emerged of the Japanese puncher turning his sparring partner’s legs to jelly with a vicious combination of right and left hook.
The video, uploaded on Monday, shows Inoue ripping through the body before delivering a few hard blows upstairs that clouded his teammate’s senses and knocked him to the canvas.
Inoue is currently in camp for his next clash with Stephen Fulton on July 25 at Ariake Arena in Tokyo.
The former undisputed bantamweight champion moves up to super bantamweight to challenge Fulton for the American’s unified WBC and WBO titles.
Naoya Inoue is a three-weight world champion and the world’s No. 2 pound-for-pound boxer
Stephen Fulton is the defending and reigning WBC and WBO super bantamweight champion
Their contest was originally scheduled for May 7, but the date was pushed back after Inoue suffered an undisclosed injury in training.
The thrilling clash pits two of the best fighters in the world with Inoue ranked No. 2 in Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound rankings and Fulton topping the esteemed publication’s 122-pound list.
Inoue’s meteoric rise to fame began in 2014 when he won the WBC lightweight title from Adrian Hernandez with a devastating sixth-round knockout.
He would go on to defend that title just once before moving up to junior bantamweight to dethrone longtime WBO title holder Omar Narvaez, followed by a long spell at bantamweight, where he became undisputed champion.
The monster now sets out in search of his world title at No. 4 but will meet fierce resistance from Fulton, who is highly regarded by connoisseurs.
Fulton, who turned pro the same year Inoue became world champion for the first time, is defending his WBC and WBO titles simultaneously for the second time.
In 2021 he beat Angelo Leo to win WBO gold before adding the WBC bracelet to his collection ten months later in a hard-fought majority victory over Brandon Figueroa.