The thrilling matchup between Naoya Inoue vs Stephen Fulton is postponed because Naoya Inoue was injured during his training camp. It would have been a great moment for japan as a country and for all the boxing fans, as this was a clash between two undefeated boxers.
The match was originally fixed for 7th May, but now a new date will be announced. As far as the positives are concerned, the match is not cancelled; it's postponed and is most likely to be rescheduled in the summer. Both the fighters have an undefeated boxing record, 24-0 (21 KO's) for the 3-division Japanese champion Naoya Inoue and 21-0 (8 KO's) for the unified super bantamweight champion Stephen Fulton.
This match was set to take place in Japan, and a win for Naoya would secure a belt in the 4th weight class division.
Stephen Fulton on fighting Naoya Inoue
"I don't shy away from big fights" said Fulton, as quoted by espn.com.
"A lot of people wanna see [me vs. Inoue]; a lot of people wanna talk about that as well". "Had I been more known like Inoue, I'd be on that [pound-for-pound] list." This matchup is undeniably one of the greatest, and the outcome of this event will be a career changer for both of these over achievers.
Naoya Inoue is on a 5 match knockout streak, and it would be very interesting to see if he can continue to do the same in his next match. Both the fighters have tremendous striking abilities, but it is Stephen Fulton's toughest test yet.
The delay is upsetting, but it's not a long one; fans can expect this match to commence somewhere between June-July. Regardless of the delay, this match is going to be watched by all fans as it is a much awaited fixture. The event will also be very successful in terms of scalability and pay per view numbers. (Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime)