On Tuesday, December 26, Naoya Inoue (25-0, 22 KOs) will take on Filipino fighter Marlon Tapales (37-3, 19 KOs) at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan for the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF world super bantamweight titles. Japanese superstar Inoue returns to the ring for the first time since he destroyed Stephen Fulton in eight rounds

“The Monster” is one of the most fearsome fighters on the planet, with devastating KO power, as he has shown throughout his professional career. His hand speed is another impressive asset, alongside his precision, which helps make him a fearsome opponent. The Japanese fighter also has superb conditioning and ring IQ, which ensure he maintains a constant work rate and power throughout his fights, as he showed in his eleventh-round KO of Paul Butler.

Tapales has good footwork and will need to utilise this asset to stay out of Inoue’s range. He also has a solid jab and will need to use this to control the distance and potentially frustrate his heavy-handed opponent. The Filipino fighter has to improve on his impressive showing against Murodjon Akhmadaliev to trouble his all-conquering opponent. Can Tapales spring a surprise?

Naoya Inoue vs. Marlon Tapales: Everything You Need to Know

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Naoya Inoue vs. Marlon Tapales Betting Odds

Per Sportsbook Draftkings, Inoue will enter the bout as a strong -1800  betting favourite. Tapales is the +850 underdog as we near closer to fight night.

Inoue: +600 Decision 

Tapales: +2000 Decision 

Draw: +20000

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Fight Date, Start Time

Date : Tuesday, December 26

Time : 10 a.m. UK / 5 a.m. ET

What Channel/Stream Is Inoue vs. Tapales?


UK: Sky Sports

Inoue vs. Tapales Fight Card

  • Naoya Inoue vs. Marlon Tapales; For the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF world super bantamweight titles
  • Seiya Tsutsumi vs. Kazuki Anaguchi; Bantamweight
  • Kanamu Sakama vs. John Paul Gabunilas; Flyweight
  • Yoshiki Takei vs. Mario Diaz Maldonado; Super bantamweight
  • Andy Hiraoka vs. Sebastian Diaz Maldonado; Super lightweight
  • Suguru Ishikawa vs. Fuga Uematsu; Featherweight
  • Rikiya Sato vs. Keisuke Endo; Super featherweight

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