Corridor of Fame promoter Bob Arum has seen all of them, and he’s labored with fairly just a few of them. The good fighters, the nice punchers. But the High Rank boss has gone on file as saying he has “by no means seen anyone with the concussive energy, pound-for-pound, that [Naoya] Inoue has.”
Talking with Give Me Sport, Arum – who noticed, up shut and private, brutal punchers equivalent to Thomas Hearns, Manny Pacquiao and so many others – stated he really begins to “really feel sorry” for Inoue’s opponents when “The Monster” is brutalising them. Arum has additionally said that he doesn’t see anyone on the market right this moment who can beat the unified bantamweight ruler, with Inoue, 24-0(21) set to go as much as 122 kilos quickly, this within the search of but extra titles.
“The one man who may be capable to deal with Inoue is Tyson Fury as a result of he’s just a little too massive for him,” Arum stated, certainly along with his tongue positioned firmly in his cheek. “However this Inoue, I imply he’s scary. He is sort of a loaded rifle. I get such a kick out of this man. You actually start to really feel sorry for his opponent midway by means of his fights. However clearly I’ve by no means seen anyone with the concussive energy, pound-for-pound, that Inoue has. I imply, by no means, notably at that weight. He units the man up and increase he knocks them out the man can’t transfer. He’s actually one thing particular.”
It’s doubtless particular fighters like Inoue that preserve Arum in boxing, this when he’s into his 90s. Some folks, Eddie Hearn for one, can’t perceive why Arum continues to be right here all these years later, working arduous, flying all around the globe selling his fighters. Nevertheless it appears the magic a fighter like Inoue can produce is sufficient to see to it that the seen-it-all, done-it-all promoter stays proper the place he’s, working his personal sort of magic.
Will probably be attention-grabbing to see who Inoue is matched with subsequent, with there being two, two-belt champions at 122, Stephen Fulton and Murodjon Akhmadaliev. Can both of those two guys take Inoue’s chilling energy? Inoue made historical past in 2022, and subsequent yr appears set to be one other biggie for the Japanese celebrity. Arum says Inoue will doubtless have at the least yet one more battle within the US over the approaching months.
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