ONE of boxing’s most lethal punchers Naoya inoue is back in action as he takes on Aran Dipaen in Tokyo. Naoya Inoue vs Aran Dipaen: UK start time, live stream, TV channel, undercard as Monster returns to action in Tokyo
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The clash is Inoue’s second of the year, after he took out Filipino Michael Dasmarinas in three rounds back in the summer.
Dipaen is a huge underdog and Inoue likely would have bargained for a harder fight, but he’ll have to wait until 2022 for bantamweight unification fights.
Inoue holds the WBA and IBF titles at 118lbs, while Nonito Donaire and John Riel Casemiro have the WBC and WBO respectively.
When is Inoue vs. Dipaen? date, start time
Date: Wednesday, December 14
Main card: 7 a.m. ET / 12 p.m. GMT
Main event ringwalks (approx): 10 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. GMT
Is Inoue vs Dipaen on TV in the UK?
Unfortunately, the fight is not available to watch in the UK, nor will it be shown in the U.S., despite Inoue’s affiliation with promoters Top Rank.
Boxing reporter Dan Rafael wrote on Twitter: “No, there is no U.S. broadcaster for this show. I am told the reason is due to technical issues related to the local promoter’s inability to send a proper signal.”
Inoue vs Dipaen MAIN CARD
The Inoue vs Dipaen main card will feature SIX fights, including the main event.
Naoya Inoue vs Aran Dipaen – WBA and IBF bantamweight titles
Wilfredo Mendez vs Masataka Taniguchi – WBO straweight title
Kazuhiro Imamura vs Yoshiki Takei – super featherweight
Takuya vs Toshiya Ishii – super bantamweight
Yuki Kajitani vs Sho Nagasato – flyweight
Haruki Takai vs Tail Kamidaki – featherweight
What has been said?
“It’s been two years since I last fought in Japan, so I’m really looking forward to it. Please look forward to it!” said Naoya Inoue on Twitter.
‘The Monster’ will defend his WBA and IBF bantamweight titles on December 14th.
Two years on from winning the WBA and IBF bantamweight titles, Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue is finally set to have his long awaited homecoming fight against Aran Dipaen.
Inoue will be looking to put on a show for his fans in Japan as he looks to produce the 19th knockout of his professional career against an opponent who has lost two of his last seven fights.
The DAZN pound-for-pound top-10 ranked Inoue could use this fight to lead into a huge 2022 against big-name divisional rivals such as Nonito Donaire, but must avoid a shock upset loss first.
Bantamweight champ and pound-for-pound contender Naoya Inoue hits the ring on Tuesday for his latest title defense. The card airs early on Tuesday from Tokyo when Inoue puts his 21-0 record and IBF, WBA, and The Ring titles on the line against Aran Dipaen.
The main card is expected to get underway at 7 a.m. ET and the main event should start in the 10 a.m. hour. For the time being, there does not appear to be a legal US-based streaming option for the fight. It could still end up getting added as an ESPN live stream, but the site’s schedule page does not show it as of this article publishing Monday morning. That could change, so check back throughout Monday and into Tuesday morning.
As soon as this fight was mentioned as being a possibility, plenty of fans screamed mismatch. Bantamweight “Monster” Naoya Inoue will face little-known Thai fighter Aran Dipaen in Tokyo on December 14th.
The fight is really of note only because it will mark Inoue’s first fight at home since 2019. Inoue, 21-0(18) and the reigning WBA/IBF champ, will get a chance to showcase his power before his adoring audience, for however long the fight lasts. And this one doesn’t look like lasting too long at all.
Dipaen, 12-2(11) and somehow ranked #6 by the IBF, has beaten just THREE men who had a winning record. Dipaen, who is 30 years of age, has never been stopped but he has never faced anyone anywhere close to Inoue’s level.
Looking at Dipaen’s record, there is no obvious fighter of note on there; with Britain’s Tommy Frank, who decisioned Dipaen in Sheffield, England back in September of 2019, probably being his most high-profile opponent. Last time out, in March, Dipaen stopped the 26-11 Sukpraserd Ponpitak to take the IBF pan pacific bantamweight strap.
Not too long before that, Dipaen was fighting down at super-flyweight. So not only is Dipaen smaller than Inoue, not only has he fought no-one approaching Inoue’s class, but Dipaen will also be having his first fight in Japan. It’s fair to say Dipaen looks utterly doomed. In fact, some writers have expressed their view that the IBF should be soundly ashamed of themselves for sanctioning this fight.
Inoue, one of the best fighters in the world pound-for-pound, should not be wasting his time with meaningless fights like this one. Yes, plenty of the top bantamweights are busy right about now and Inoue does want to get a second fight in before the end of the year (he was last seen taking out Michael Dasmarinas inside three rounds in June; this fight also a mismatch, though not as blatant a mismatch as the upcoming fight) – but surely there could have been another, more solid opponent to be found?
This fight will do incredibly well to last more than a round. Inoue, who has lodged three first-round KO wins during his pro career, may well see that number improve to four come December 14th. But what will it prove? Above all, let’s hope Dipaen does not get badly hurt in the fight. You know it’s a mismatch when you have to write such words.