Naoya Inoue vs Dipaen Live Stream Time & Date
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Bout Information

Start Date : 2021-12-14
Location : Tokyo
Fight center : Boxing
How to Watch Naoya Inoue vs Dipaen & Fight Card​

IBF/WBA bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue has officially announced his next bout, a December 14th clash with IBF #6 contender Aran Dipaen in Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan. The fight will serve as half of a world title doubleheader alongside Wilfredo “Bimbito” Mendez’s WBO mandatory minimumweight defense against Masataka Taniguchi.

It is, as we said when it was first revealed, a terrible fight. Dipaen (12-2, 11 KO) is an entirely undeserving challenger who only got his position in the rankings due to the IBF overvaluing its regional belts. It’s worth noting, however, that he wasn’t Inoue’s (21-0, 18 KO) first choice. He and his team reportedly tried to put together solid fights with Rau’shee Warren and Gary Antonio Russell, neither of which panned out, and Japan’s strict coronavirus protocols make bringing in overseas fighters a hard sell.

Thus, we get to watch “The Monster” brutalize someone again while crossing our fingers that he’ll meet Nonito Donaire or John Riel Casimero next year.

Puerto Rico’s Mendez (16-1, 6 KO) ends a 22-month layoff for the first defense of his title, which he took from Vic Saludar and defended against Axel Aragon Vega and Gabriel Mendoza. Taniguchi (14-3, 9 KO), who lost to Saludar in a previous bid for that title, currently holds the Japanese belt.

Naoya Inoue vs Dipaen Fight Card

Dec. 14: Tokyo

  • Title fight: Naoya Inoue vs. Aran Dipaen, 12 rounds, for Inoue’s WBA and IBF bantamweight titles
  • Title fight: Wilfredo Mendez vs. Masataka Taniguchi, 12 rounds, for Mendez’s WBO strawweight title
  • Yoshiki Takei vs. Kazuhiro Imamura, 8 rounds, junior featherweights
  • Keisuke Matsumoto vs. Takahiro Araki, 8 rounds, junior lightweights
  • Toshiya Ishii vs. Takuya Fujioka, 8 rounds, junior featherweights
  • Sho Nagasato vs. Yuki Kajitani, 4 rounds, flyweights
  • Tail Kamidaki vs. Haruki Takai, 4 rounds, featherweights