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Watch undisputed world champion Naoya Inoue as he looks to extend his perfect professional record against Luis Nery in the Tokyo Dome, Japan, live on Sky Sports Action from Monday, May 6 at 9am; Inoue is only the second man in boxing history to be an undisputed champion in two weight classes

9:35, UK, Sunday May 5, 2024

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Monday’s lunchtime fight between undisputed world champion Naoya Inoue and Mexico’s Luis Nery at the Tokyo Dome, Japan, live on Sky Sports.

When, where and how?

Inoue looks to extend his undefeated professional record and strengthen his case for pound-for-pound greatness when he defends his WBC, WBO, IBF and WBA junior featherweight titles against former two-weight world champion Nery.

It arrives as a Monday afternoon treat for British fight fans, with live coverage on Sky Sports Action from 9am before the main event ring walk at around 12.15pm.

Watch ringside footage as Naoya Inoue pulled off an explosive stoppage of Stephen Fulton to become a four-division world champion. Credit: Top Rank

It starts a fantastic week of boxing action live on Sky, with Lauren Price set to challenge for a world title for the first time in her professional career when the Olympic champion fights Jessica McCaskill in Cardiff on Saturday 11 May.

Elsewhere below, the great Vasiliy Lomachenko will take on George Kambosos for the vacant IBF lightweight world title on May 12 in Perth, Australia.

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Monday, May 6, 9:00 am

Naoya Inoue’s professional record

  • Age: 31
  • Height: 5’5.5″
  • Total battles: 26
  • File: 26-0 (23 KOs)

Luis Nery’s professional record

  • Age: 29
  • Height: 5’5″
  • Total battles: 36
  • File: 35-1 (27 KOs)

Highlights of the WBC and WBO title fight between Stephen Fulton and Naoya Inoue of Tokyo, Japan.

What should I know about the fighters?

Inoue has established himself as one of the most dominant figures in boxing as he compiled a 26-0 record, including 23 wins via knockout. The Japanese star is ranked second behind Terence Crawford on the pound-for-pound list, having won world titles in four weight classes and becoming only the second man behind Crawford to be an undisputed dual-class champion during the Era. four tires.

He enters the bout on the back of a 10th-round knockout victory over Marlon Tapales last December and becomes the undisputed super bantamweight champion following his victory over former unified champion Stephen Fulton earlier this year.

Naoya Inoue has devastating power in both hands and once he hurts you, there’s no turning back!

Nery comes in with an impressive record of 35-1, including 27 wins by knockout, the latter of which saw him stop Froilan Saludar in the second round last July. His only career defeat came at the hands of Brandon Figueroa in 2021, when he suffered a seventh-round knockout against the American.

The 29-year-old has fought in Japan twice before, most notably failing a drugs test after beating Shinsuke Yamanaka in 2017 – his positive result was blamed on contaminated food – and winning the subsequent rematch after making weight a year later lost.

With Naoya Inoue set to fight again on Sky Sports, watch his crushing win over Marlon Tapales

Who is on the bottom card?

The undercard action will feature Australia’s WBO bantamweight champion Jason Maloney (27-2, 19 KOs) defend his title against former kickboxing world champion Yoshiki Takei (8-0, 8 KOs).

WBA bantamweight world champion Takuma Inoue (19-1, 5 KOs), younger brother of Naoya, meanwhile, will put his title on the line Sho Ishida (34-3, 17 KOs).

WBA Flyweight World Champion Seigo Yuri Akui (19-2-1, 11 KOs) faces too Taku Kuwahara (13-1, 8 KOs) in a rematch of their 2021 clash, which saw the former emerge victorious after a 10th round stoppage.

Can anyone beat the boxing monster?

Sky Sports’ Cam Hogwood…

It is small and extremely towering. Quiet and yet so loud. He’s a little fast, a little scary, a little mysterious, a little good. He fights on Boxing Day and random weekdays. His supremacy is missed by some, yet defended as greatness by others.

Naoya Inoue may be the most dangerous man in the world. His dominance could also slip through the mainstream net far too often and far too easily.

Rarely does he or his excellence venture beyond his Japanese fortress – only four times, in fact. There he is a God, challenging the hopeful warriors who travel long and far, only to be mercilessly killed by the real boxing monster.

In Nery comes a willing warrior with a fearless fighting spirit that will allow him to take on Inoue. He is a capable prospect, but will arrive in Tokyo to be greeted by a different kind of talent. No one threatened Inoue; no one has come close to threatening Inoue, no matter how qualified. Nery, for all his attributes, is just the next in line.