Naoya Inoue planning for his fight with Paul Butler
Naoya Inoue (L), Paul Butler (Credit score: Probellum)

Naoya Inoue Making ready for No matter Paul Butler Brings to the Desk

Three-belt champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue (23-0, 20 KOs) is making an attempt to change into the primary fighter within the four-belt championship period to win the undisputed bantamweight championship. On December 13, the unified champion will face WBO champ Paul Butler (34-2, 15 KOs) in his dwelling nation of Japan.

Final trip, the unified champ stopped then-WBC champ Nonito Donaire in two rounds in June 2022. That they had beforehand fought in November 2019 within the finals of the WBSS bantamweight event. On that evening, Donaire gave Inoue the struggle of his life.

In Butler, Inoue will face somebody who fights drastically totally different from his earlier opponent. The WBO champ likes to maneuver and is extra conservative in his type. Throughout an interview with Ring Journal, Inoue was requested how he thinks the upcoming struggle with Butler will play out.


(translated from Japanese) “It is determined by how Butler will come out. If he’s making an attempt to not get knocked out, I’ll want a option to cope with it. I learn a narrative that Donaire is advising him to maneuver round, use his jab, make the most of his pace, and lateral motion. If Butler does that, I feel it will likely be an extended battle.

Lots of people assume I’m a fast KO puncher, all the time knocking opponents out within the early rounds, however I’m really not a hyper-aggressive fighter, so I’m going to have to determine how Butler will come out and the way we’ll have interaction.”

It will behoove Butler to make this a drawn-out affair. To sit down within the pocket and interact in any method can be silly. He doesn’t have the firepower to face and commerce. A calculated, safety-first method can be clever to do in opposition to the explosive Japanese celebrity.


Many pundits and followers make Inoue a major favourite. However “Monster” refuses to get the large head. In October 2021, he set a objective of turning into an undisputed champ and is hell-bent on attaining that objective.

“Butler won’t be as huge of a risk as Donaire, particularly power-wise, to be fully trustworthy. However I do assume he’s a succesful fighter, and it is a full unification struggle at 118 kilos, so my motivation continues to be very excessive.”

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By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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