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Naoya Inoue Gives Humble Response on Being Compared to #1 Pound for Pound Terence Crawford

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Naoya Inoue finished 2023 on a high note. The Japanese fighter made history by becoming the second fighter to emerge undisputed ever since the four-belt era ushered in. Today, he reflects on such a momentous achievement. He generously comments on being compared to the path he followed in making such history.

In December last year, 30-year-old ‘Monster’ defeated Filipino southpaw, Marlon Tapales to become undisputed for the second time. The groundbreaking moment came just a year after he did the same in the bantamweight division by defeating Paul Butler in an 11th-round knockout. He follows the precedent set earlier by Terence Crawford. By defeating Errol Spence Jr. last year, he emerged undisputed 2x by repeating the suit he did in 2017 for knocking out Julius Indongo in the 3rd round. When asked about being second in line for such a historic achievement, Inoue kept it positive.Crawford vs Inoue: Who is the best fighter on the planet? | Boxing News
Daisuke Sugiura, the notable sports journalist and contributor for Ring Magazine gauged Inoue’s thoughts on being compared to ‘Bud.’ The 26-undefeated boxer noted, “Compared to a few years ago, I feel the importance of each fight even more. Terence Crawford is No. 1 in the pound-for-pound rankings, and I’ve reached a position where I’m compared to fighters like him every time I fight, so I feel the weight and importance of each fight as I go through them.”
After defeating Spence Jr. in July last year, Bud powered through the ranks of his weight class and boxing at large. He was voted pound-for-pound number 1. Ring, the publication that refers to itself as ‘The Bible of Boxing’ also counted the Omaha-based fighter to top their pound-for-pound list. When the boxing community awaited these rankings, a debate ensued. Most were on the fence about who it would be to assume the pound-for-pound #1 position between the two fighters.

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