Highly-respected boxing writer Mike Coppinger reported on Thursday that an undisputed bantamweight clash between Japan’s Naoya Inoue and Britain’s Paul Butler has been agreed for December 13th in Japan.
Inoue, one of the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighters and a superstar in his home country, impressed last time out as he stopped future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire inside two rounds in June with the WBC, IBF and WBA straps on the line, while Butler surmounted Jonas Sultan in his home city of Liverpool in April. The Liverpudlian was upgraded to full WBO champion in the aftermath following the former holder, John Riel Casimero‘s, persistent failures in making the weight.
December 13th falls on a Tuesday, a common day for big title fights to take place in Japan, and victory for the Liverpool man will no doubt provide the best early Christmas present as he prepares to go head-to-head with one of the best fighters on the planet right now. Inoue is a ruthless finisher with frightening accuracy, and one need only look at the Kanagawa man’s knockout reel to understand the wealth of the challenge waiting ahead for the thirty-three-year-old Brit as he gears towards landing what would be one of the greatest victories from a British fighter on away soil.