Japanese boxer Inoue Naoya grew to become a world champion in his fourth weight class when he stopped Stephen Fulton of the United States at their WBC and WBO world tremendous bantamweight title match in Tokyo on Tuesday.
The win made Inoue the second Japanese fighter with world championships in 4 weight courses, after Ioka Kazuto achieved the feat in June 2019.
Inoue outclassed defending champion Fulton with an eighth-round technical knockout. Tuesday’s bout was Inoue’s tremendous bantam debut.
The 30-year-old has now received world titles at gentle flyweight, tremendous flyweight, bantamweight and tremendous bantamweight.
In December, Inoue grew to become the world’s first boxer to unify all 4 main titles within the bantamweight division. He then switched to tremendous bantamweight, the next class.
The WBC and WBO are two of the 4 main organizations that govern boxing, together with the WBA and IBF.
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