Naoya Inoue vs Yoan Boyeaux Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
December 24, 2017
Naoya Inoue 1/50 to win with Sky Bet
Ken Shiro 1/12 to win with Ladbrokes
Inoue vs Boyeaux Preview
Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue (14-0, 12 KOs) will make the latest defence of his WBO super-flyweight title this weekend against Yoan Boyeaux (41-4, 26 KOs), as he aims to close the year with a bang.
The defending 115lbs world champion makes the third defence of his crown this year and seventh overall, having dominantly reigned since December 2014.
Inoue is a rampantly rising star within a currently thriving division and has enjoyed another highly impressive year so far, with stoppage victories over Mexican Ricardo Rodriguez and more recently Antonio Nieves.
The fighter known as ‘the Monster’ made his American debut in September on the successful ‘Superfly’ card at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Inoue put on a great showing to halt Nieves inside six rounds and shine bright on a night which Nicaraguan legend Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez also featured.
After making an impact in front of an American audience, Inoue returns to his native Japan for his latest title defence, in which he is the overwhelming favourite to prevail with most bookies.
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Champion Inoue aiming to end the year on a high note
After what has been a superb year for boxing, in which Inoue has played his part, the devastating 115lbs title holder is aiming to finish on a high before potentially moving up divisions in 2018.
At only 24 years of age, he has become one of the most deadly and feared fighters in the sport, and he will take to the ring on home territory at 1/50 with Sky Bet to prevail once again.
Although, his latest French challenger Boyeaux comes into the title bout on the back of a strong run of form himself and he is 16/1 with William Hill to cause a massive upset on his travels.
Japan has enjoyed huge success over the past 12 months with regards to world champions, but it’s ‘the Monster’ that has stood out from the rest and even had the opportunity to showcase his talents in the United States.
Followers of the lower weight classes will be familiar with the annual fight cards held in Japan ahead of New Year’s Day, with Inoue in particular having been involved every late December since 2014 when he became a two-weight world champion.
It seems inevitable that the fighter from the Land of the Rising Sun will make a step up to bantamweight at some stage in 2018, in a bid to win a third division world title.
But before then he must contest latest contender Boyeaux, who has not lost in over 30 outings since 2012 and is yet to be stopped in his career. Inoue will likely see this as motivation for another statement showing on home soil against the game 29-year-old.
After expanding his appeal beyond Japan, where he is nationally adored, Inoue is now regarded as one of the sport’s pound-for-pound stars and he is hoping to head into the New Year on the back of another supreme performance over Boyeaux.
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