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Naoya Inoue coming to U.S. in 2016, could he face Chocolatito Gonzalez?

Top super flyweight Naoya Inoue is looking to make his American debut in 2016, and could be in line for a fight with Roman Gonzalez.

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22-year-old Japanese star and current WBO super flyweight titleholder Naoya Inoue will reportedly be coming to the United States in 2016, with Asian Boxing reporting that a rematch with Argentina's Omar Narvaez is likely in the cards, which would be on HBO to set up a potential showdown with Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez. Inoue knocked out Narvaez in two rounds on December 30, 2014, in his first fight at super flyweight after jumping two divisions.

Inoue (8-0, 7 KO) has already won world titles at both 108 and 115 pounds, and Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KO) could be looking to move up sooner than later as he attempts to win a world title in a fourth weight class, after dominating at 105, 108, and 112. Gonzalez is currently a hot property at HBO, and K2's Tom Loeffler spoke this past weekend about Gonzalez possibly graduating to HBO main events next year. A battle with Inoue could be the sort of fight that makes that a reality.

Inoue will next be in action on December 29, facing Warlito Parrenas (24-6-1, 21 KO) of the Philippines in Tokyo. That card will also feature an IBF junior flyweight title fight between Javier Mendoza and Akira Yaegashi.

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