Naoya Inoue vs Luis Nery date, time, undercard, form, background and how to watch (2024)

Here is all you need to know ahead of Monday's lunchtime fight between undisputed world champion Naoya Inoue and Mexico's Luis Nery at the Tokyo Dome, Japan, live on Sky Sports.

When, where and how?

Inoue looks to extend his undefeated professional record and bolster his case for pound-for-pound greatness when he defends his WBC, WBO, IBF and WBA junior featherweight titles against former two-weight world champion Nery.

It arrives as a Monday lunchtime treat for British fight fans, with coverage underway live on Sky Sports Action from 9am before the main event ring walk at approximately 12.15pm.

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Naoya Inoue's professional record

  • Age: 31
  • Height: 5'5.5"
  • Total fights: 26
  • Record: 26-0 (23 KOs)

Luis Nery's professional record

  • Age: 29
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Total fights: 36
  • Record: 35-1 (27 KOs)

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What do I need to know about the fighters?

Inoue has established himself as one of world boxing's most dominant figures while compiling a 26-0 record, including 23 victories by way of knockout. The Japanese star is ranked No 2 behind Terence Crawford on the pound-for-pound list, having held world titles in four weight classes as just the second man behind Crawford to be an undisputed champion in two classes during the four-belt era.

He enters the clash on the back of a 10th-round knockout victory over Marlon Tapales last December to become undisputed super bantamweight champion, following up his victory over former unified champion Stephen Fulton earlier in the year.

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Nery comes in with an impressive record of 35-1 including 27 victories by knockout, the latest of which saw him stop Froilan Saludar in the second round last July. His sole career defeat came at the hands of Brandon Figueroa in 2021 when he suffered a seventh-round knockout against the American.

The 29-year-old has fought in Japan twice before, notably failing a drugs test after beating Shinsuke Yamanaka in 2017 - his positive result put down to contaminated food - and winning the subsequent rematch after missing weight a year later.

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Who is on the undercard?

The undercard action will see Australia's WBO bantamweight champion Jason Maloney (27-2, 19 KOs) defend his title against former kickboxing world champion Yoshiki Takei (8-0, 8 KOs).

WBA bantamweight world champion Takuma Inoue (19-1, 5 KOs), younger brother of Naoya, will meanwhile put his title on the line against Sho Ishida (34-3, 17 KOs).

WBA flyweight world champion Seigo Yuri Akui (19-2-1, 11 KOs) also faces Taku Kuwahara (13-1, 8 KOs) in a rematch of their 2021 clash, which saw the former emerge victorious after 10th-round stoppage.

Can anybody slay boxing's Monster?

Sky Sports' Cam Hogwood...

He's diminutive, and so very towering. Quiet, and yet so very loud. He's a little bit fast, a little bit frightening, a little bit mysterious, a little bit good. He fights on Boxing Day and random weekdays. His supremacy is missed by some, and yet championed as greatness by others.

Naoya Inoue might be the most dangerous man on the planet. His dominance might also slip through the mainstream net far too often, far too easily.

Rarely does he or his excellence venture outside of his Japanese fortress - only four times, in fact. There he is a God, to challenge whom hopeful warriors travel long and far, only to be mercilessly slain by boxing's real-life Monster.

In Nery comes a willing combatant with a fearless belligerence that will empower him to go toe-to-toe with Inoue. He is a capable contender, but will arrive in Tokyo to be greeted by a different kind of talent. Nobody has threatened Inoue; nobody has come close to threatening Inoue, no matter how qualified. Nery, for all his attributes, is merely the next in line.

Naoya Inoue vs Luis Nery date, time, undercard, form, background and how to watch (2024)


What time is the Inoue fight in the UK? ›

Nery fight date, start time. The ringwalks for Inoue vs. Nery are scheduled for 6 a.m. ET / 11 a.m. UK with the event getting underway at 4 a.m. ET / 9 a.m. UK.

Who won Inoue vs. Néry? ›


Inoue survives the first knock down of his career to record an emphatic victory at the historic Tokyo Dome and retain his undisputed super-bantamweight championship.

When did Naoya Inoue turn pro? ›

Early career. Inoue turned professional in 2012, signing with Ohashi Boxing Gym. Of his own volition, he signed an agreement with Hideyuki Ohashi to never fight against easy opponents. On 2 October 2012, he fought against Filipino national champion Crison Omayao, and won his debut via a fourth-round knockout.

What is the record of Naoya Inoue? ›


What time does the Inoue fight start? ›

Inoue vs Nery will take place on Monday 6 May at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The main card is scheduled to begin at 9am BST (1am PT / 3am CT / 4am ET), with ring walks for the main event due at around 12.15pm BST (4.15am PT / 6.15am CT / 7.15am ET).

How do I watch the Inoue fight? ›

The Naoya Inoue vs Luis Nery main card will air on ESPN+ in the U.S., and the undercard will air exclusively on ESPN+.

Is Naoya Inoue a world champion? ›

Naoya Inoue boosts claim as world's best boxer with destruction of Luis Nery. Naoya Inoue bolstered his claim as the world's best pound-for-pound fighter on Monday when he came off the floor to retain his undisputed junior featherweight championship with a technical knockout of Luis Nery.

Did Luis Nery win? ›

Naoya Inoue knocks out Luis Nery to retain undisputed junior featherweight championship – as it happened. Inoue wins by sixth-round TKO! Nery down in round five! Nery down in round two!

How many wins does Naoya Inoue have? ›

Inoue (27-0, 24 KOs) rallied to floor Donaire in Round 11 and the "Filipino Flash" was in serious trouble, but he made it to the final bell. Inoue settled for the decision victory in ESPN's 2019 fight of the year. Four bouts later in June 2022, Inoue made easy work of Donaire with a second-round TKO.

Who is next for Inoue? ›

Sam Goodman will likely be the next to try. Goodman is the No. 1 contender for the IBF and WBO titles and is the seventh-ranked super bantamweight by the WBC. He attended the fight and entered the ring following Inoue's demolition of Nery.

Has Naoya Inoue been knocked down? ›

Naoya Inoue recovered from an early knockdown to retain his undisputed super-bantamweight title after a sixth-round stoppage win against Luis Nery in front of jubilant home crowd in Japan.

Is Naoya Inoue famous in Japan? ›

Naoya Inoue: Famous in Japan, Lower Profile Elsewhere

Now 31 years old and an undisputed world champion in a second weight class (he previously held that distinction at bantamweight), Inoue is well-known to hard-core fight fans.

Is Naoya Inoue good? ›

Naoya Inoue has the best resume in Boxing right now as he is Undefeated with 27 Fights, 27 Wins 27–0 Undefeated Streak in Boxing and has cleared Four Divisions and Won World Titles in Four Division such as Super Flyweight, Light Bantamweight, Bantamweight(Won all the belts), Super Bantamweight(Won all the belts) and ...

Has Inoue ever fought in the USA? ›

But Inoue HAS fought in the US, back in June of 2021 when he stopped Michael Dasmarinas in three rounds in Las Vegas. While in his fight before that one, Inoue stopped Jason Moloney in Vegas. Also, as far as fighting away from home, Inoue, 26-0(23) has fought in Scotland.

What titles has Inoue won? ›

Inoue became undisputed super-bantamweight champion in December, having also won all four world titles at bantamweight.

Where can I watch Inoue fight UK? ›

In the UK, coverage of the Naoya Inoue vs Luis Nery fight will be shown on Sky Sports and streamed on Sky GO.

What channel is Inoue on UK? ›

What channel/stream is Inoue vs. Ishida? Fans in the U.S. can stream the fight on ESPN+ (click here for more information), while Sky Sports will broadcast the fight in the UK.

How much is the Inoue fight? ›

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