Can Naoya Inoue become a big boxing super star in the future?

Discussion in 'World Boxing Forum' started by Flo_Raiden, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. FrankinDallas

    FrankinDallas Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jul 24, 2004
    Yes, he can. There are plenty of Mexicans both native and US, Aussies, Brits in the 118-126 range.
    Just make some of those matches and go to the US or UK or Mexico and KTFO some of them and he'll transcend only Japan.
  2. Pimp C

    Pimp C Too Much Motion Full Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    I doubt it he fights at weights casuals or the media doesn't care about. Imo you need to fight atleast at 135 and that's stretching it to even have a chance of becoming a mega star.
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  3. Easyrhino

    Easyrhino Member Full Member

    Oct 19, 2020
    I doubt it.

    While he's very talented most boxing fans aren't too interested in fighters they think they could beat up.
  4. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    That was a star making performance. It's too bad the fight took place in Japan, I think it would have benefitted Inoue had they fought in Vegas as a way to gain more exposure. They need to have him fight outside of Japan in his next fight.
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  5. Reg

    Reg Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Feb 5, 2016
    Why does he need exposure outside Japan? He makes a lot if money fighting there. If the ignorant boxing fans won't rate him because he doesn't fight in corrupt hostile territory who cares? History will. He gets both legacy and money in Japan.
  6. BoyBato

    BoyBato Well-Known Member Full Member

    Apr 30, 2018
    He's getting wasted in japan. Yeah he's already famous there but doubt your boxing casual everwhere else is even aware of who he is. Wonder why top rank isnt pushing for him to be an international star
  7. 40ozoe

    40ozoe Member Full Member

    Aug 12, 2022
    If I was promoting the guy then I would aim at asia first and foremost. Headline cards in places like China, Thailand, south korea and the Philippines atleast to begin with. Perhaps attempt to do some fights in the UK. When all is said and done he could have a better legacy than Pac or Buakaw but his pockets won't probably however get anywhere close to as full as Pacmans.
  8. vast

    vast Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Nov 27, 2010
    He's already a SuperStar throughout Asia, where the vast majority of the worlds population resides. You need to take off your tinted 'USA is everything' glasses and realize it is a big world out there, far beyond the inherent biases we see against foreign fighters in the USA . I will say the ESPN crew did a good job of pumping him up though.
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  9. Flo_Raiden

    Flo_Raiden Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Oct 12, 2010
    Financially speaking he does make a lot of money fighting in his hometown since the boxing business over there is huge. He can very well fight mostly in Japan if he pleases if it means getting paid more and continuously beating world class opponents but he'll still receive criticism for fighting mostly at home.

    I don't think there should be a problem with him fighting outside of Japan and risking himself getting robbed from corruption considering that he actually ends fights and never leaves it at the hands to the judges.
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  10. Oddone

    Oddone Bermane Stiverne's life coach. Full Member

    Aug 18, 2019
    Called it three years ago.
  11. vilderbeast

    vilderbeast Member Full Member

    Mar 28, 2021
    He should be able to. It's the business of boxing holding boxing back. I had to call a local bar beforehand to ask them to show Inoue v Fulton on one of their many screens. Jake Paul v Nate Diaz will probably be advertised. The business of boxing is a joke. Push the Youtubers that are self entitled 'good for boxing' to actually promote boxing considering how much they've taken from boxing. Push the media to focus on the amazing, absolutely incredible boxers that fight within the lower weight limits rather than Tyson Fury's latest blah. The media should be weighing in heavy on the joke cards that judges put in. Boxing history is currently being misaligned with fact. That's really ****!ng sad.
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  12. Diagoras

    Diagoras Member Full Member

    May 25, 2012
    He can be a star in East Asia (already is in Japan, not sure about SK, China, Taiwan)

    For him to be a star in the West:

    1) He needs big name Western/Latino fighters fighting at 122, 126 or 130 & currently there aren't any. Pac had Barrera & Morales
    2) Probably be willing to trash talk & be on social media all day like Ryan Garcia which means his Boxing skills will take a hit. Generally Japanese people tend to be subdued & restrained, so I doubt you will see Inoue go all Adrien Broner level of trash talk as a marketing ploy, he lets his fists do the talking
    3) Learn some English (though Duran never did & he could come to your hometown & make you root for him over your local fighter)

    That highlighted criticism has 0 validity & is pushed by LDBC type garbage. Fights typically happen where they generate the most revenue & in the weight classes Inoue fights, no one in the West even comes close to generating that kind of money. Fortunately for him, Japan is also a high income country & the third largest economy on the planet. For the Fulton fight as per Rick Glaser he supposedly made 10 million USD while Fulton made 3 million (Fulton will likely never see that kind of money again unless he grabs a belt at 126 & Inoue comes to take that too). Everyone in those weight classes will gladly go fight him in Japan because for these weight classes, that is life changing money

    The only reason guys like Pacquiao, Loma, GGG etc fought in US is because that's where the money is for their weight classes & their own countries don't have the economic power that Japan has. Do you really think Loma gives a sh*t about pleasing Americans? If he could he would love to fight in Ukraine in front of 3 Ukranian judges & so would any fighter with sense (especially if they lack the power to get stoppages)

    Even if Inoue managed to defy every limit & climb to 135, none of the top 135 guys like Shakur, Haney, Tank, & Loma are stars either. It was Ryan Garcia who managed to sell the PPV's in the fight against Tank & far more casuals in the West know who Ryan is vs Inoue, sad though that is. In the Boxing history books it will be different, Ryan will be a footnote at best unless you are the special kind of idiot who made this thread:

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    There are 2 revenue generating machines in Boxing currently & that's Canelo & Tyson Fury. Inoue might join them depending on how big he becomes in Japan because Japan is the 3rd largest economy on the planet
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  13. Babality

    Babality KTFO!!!!!!! Full Member

    Dec 6, 2008
  14. Diagoras

    Diagoras Member Full Member

    May 25, 2012
    Look at Jai pushing back against Hearn's claim about going to US saying that's not what he wants, what he wants is to rep his hometown in Australia & have big fights in the stadium there

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  15. MBboxing

    MBboxing New Member Full Member

    Sep 1, 2023
    Are you agreeing with the poster you replied to?