Naoya Inoue Poised To Overthrow
Junior Featherweight King Stephen Fulton
Three-division world champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue (24-0,
21 KOs) will embark on his quest to conquer a fourth weight
class as he challenges WBC/WBO junior featherweight world
champion Stephen Fulton (21-0, 8 KOs) this Tuesday, July 25
at Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan
In the 12-round co-feature, Cuban sensation Robeisy “El Tren”
Ramirez (12-1, 7 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBO
featherweight world title against Japanese contender Satoshi
Shimizu (11-1, 10 KOs).
Fulton-Inoue, Ramirez-Shimizu and undercard fights will
stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. starting at
4:30 a.m. ET/1:30 a.m. PT.
At Saturday's press conference, this is what Inoue and
Ramirez had to say:
"Coming up to junior featherweight to be able to challenge
Stephen Fulton for the title has given me great motivation.
I get excited thinking about this fight and about how I will
perform. I’ve been watching film of Fulton, and I think he
is a very intelligent fighter.”
“I haven’t been a challenger in five years, and that has
heightened my motivation as well. I think I will be able to
perform better than before."
"Due to my injury, the fight had to be rescheduled for the
25th. And I feel grateful for the cooperation from all the
people involved in the promotion and Team Fulton to make
this happen. And because of that gratitude, I want to fight
with everything I have on the 25th."
"I feel great. We've had a great training camp. I'm very
happy to be in Japan and to get to know this country and its
culture. I'm ready for everything that lies ahead."
"I don't know much about my opponent, but as I have said
since this fight was presented to me, we all know that
Japanese fighters are warriors. I hope he is ready because I
am coming at 100 percent."
"This is my first defense, and it's always super important
for any champion. This is the next step on my way to
becoming the best featherweight in the world. I'm going to
be me and have fun, the Robeisy that everyone knows inside