WBC, WBO 122lb belts handed to “Monster” Inoue

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Naoya Fukuda

“Monster” Naoya Inoue, newly crowned WBC, WBO 122-pound champion, was given a couple of world belts by the representatives of the organization prior to the tripleheader of Ohashi Promotions on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Naoya said, holding the belts to his credit, “I truly appreciate your people’s warm supports. I’m fully satisfied with the situation around me as I hear the negotiation of the unification bout with WBA, IBF counterpart Marlon Tapales with all the four belts on the line is coming to an end soon.” His father/trainer Shingo also received the WBC’s special belt.

Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.

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    • Does seem like splitting these smaller divisions into ones about four pounds apart is aimed at creating more champions and sanctioning fees from the Japanese who seem to value these useless belts more than others.

  • That trainer’s belt is awkward. If they just want to give them something — and I don’t think it’s a horrible idea — maybe a ring or something?? Probably wouldn’t do that because it would be harder to see “WBC” across it.

    • Lucie, give the trainer a headband with WBC on it. Then people can recognize it just in his own head that he thinks he is an actual boxing champion. A ring could work yes.

  • Note: The big belt that is holding the trainer is complementary to placing it under a saddle on a race horse.

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