Naoya Inoue Vs. Marlon Tapales: Where To Watch Information

December 23, 2023
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Naoya Inoue Vs. Marlon Tapales: Where To Watch Information

Naoya Inoue takes on Marlon Tapales on December 26, 2023, for the right to become the new undisputed super bantamweight champion.

Inoue arrives into the fight with an undefeated record of 25-0, with 22 KOs. His last fight was an impressive knockout of Stephen Fulton to secure the WBO and WBC belts at super bantamweight. A victory makes Inoue undisputed in a second weight class, a feat Terence Crawford has only achieved in the four-belt era after his accomplishments at 140 and 147. Inoue knows what it takes, having achieved this at bantamweight to become the first person in the four-belt era.

Tapales enters the fight with an upset on his mind. He beat Murodjon Akhmadaliev to secure the IBF and WBA belts as he aims to give Inoue the first defeat of his career. If Inoue comes through with a win, there is a high chance he could move up in weight. But there are question marks over how far he can move up. He is already a four-division champion, which is why the fight is pivotal for his next steps. As for Tapales, a win would be the biggest upset of the year, leaving him with nothing to lose. With that being said, here is everything you need to know about where you can watch the fight.

Inoue Vs. Tapales Info

Date: Tuesday, December 26  

Time: 10 a.m. UK / 5 a.m. ET 

Main event ringwalks: 12 p.m. UK / 7 a.m. ET

Location:  Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan. 

Network: U.S. ESPN+

Network: UK: Sky Sports

Pre-Fight Comments

“What scares me the most is people around me think it will be an easy fight. For this fight I am dealing with a different training regiment, making adjustments, and building up an image in my mind of myself as a boxer who is dexterous and can do anything. I improved a lot, and worked on counters against Tapales. We had very good training sessions and we have made it to this point. However, I am still afraid of having the feeling that Tapales will take a shot at me. So I will be very careful about that. I’ll be very cautious,” Inoue said 

“I’m confident not because of the weight and division but because of my training. That’s why I know I have an advantage against Inoue. I didn’t see the true Inoue in his fight against Fulton. When he fought Donaire the first time, that’s the Inoue I’m preparing for because for me, that’s when he was at his best,” Tapales stated 

Full Card

Naoya Inoue vs. Marlon Tapales – 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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