WBO junior batamweight champion Naoya Inoue (9-0, 8 KOs) has just been scheduled to make his mandatory title defense against David Carmona (20-2-5, 8 KOs) on May 8th in Tokyo. The card was announced yesterday in a news conference and will be co-featured with a fight between junior flyweight titlist Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12 KOs) and Martin Tecuapetla (13-6-3, 10 KOs).
At age 22 and with only nine professional fights under his belt, Inoue is already being regarded as something of a boxing prodigy as he's already won world titles in two different weight classes. He certainly looks the part, and many boxing enthusiasts would love to see him matched-up against the pound-for-pound rated Roman Gonzalez sometime in the near future. Inoue is most recently coming off a second round TKO win over Warlito Parrenas in late December.
Inoue's challenger,David Carmona, drew with Warlito Parrenas last July before going on to win a split decision against Ricardo Rodriguez in mid October. He'll now face the division's top guy and certainly won't be the favorite here.
Akira Yaegashi, appearing in the co-feature, won his IBF junior flyweight title by beating Javier Mendoza via unanimous decision this past December. This will mark his first title defense, going against Tecuapetla who has two straight stoppage wins since drawing with Miguel Herrera in January 2015.