What Makes Naoya Inoue a ‘Monster’?

Published 12/26/2020, 9:58 AM EST

Naoya Inoue, nicknamed ‘The Monster’, does absolute justice to his tag as he is known for his ferocious punching abilities inside the ring.


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The Japanese pugilist is a three-division world champion and is currently the unified bantamweight titleholder since 2019.

The 23-year-old has a professional resume of 20 wins with no loss, with 17 of those wins via KO.


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The stats validate how deadly Inoue is. However, there’s much more to that. The humble persona off the ring turns vile and treacherous when the gong goes off.

While he had a commendable 2020 with a successful KO win over Jason Moloney, 2021 has bigger challenges for the Japanese fighter.

But how exactly is his nickname- ‘Monster’ -justified?

Naoya Inoue- The Monster

There are several knockout artists in today’s boxing. However, Inoue knows how to hurt his opponents.

He is a brutal puncher who attacks both the face and body simultaneously. It’s hard to decode his game plan since the world champion always pours aggression.

It is a surprise how he has achieved it all at a mere age of 27. Apart from his brutal body shots, Inoue’s fight IQ is also what people hail him for.

He is paced, composed, aggressive and dominant, making it hard for his opponents to overpass him.

But he still has a long way to cover, and the divisions are currently stacked with umpteen talents. So, Inoue constantly needs to upgrade himself if he wishes to retain his titles and dominance.

The Japanese fighter has brought his country and the whole Asian market in the combat community. While the UK and the USA were mostly dominating the ride, fighters like Inoue changed the scenario.

But he is still not satisfied with his performance. In an interaction with ESPN. ‘The Monster’ reflected his thoughts on his career.

He said, “I don’t know. To be quite honest, I’m far from being satisfied with my own boxing. That is why I can keep myself motivated to become stronger. But … I really don’t know.”


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He added, “I am not yet satisfied with my boxing and career, so I still have room to be better. I’m cautious not to get overconfident. And it’s not like I’m forcing myself to think that way — I really do think that way.”

While he continues to put a mark with his talent, his fanbase keeps on rising with every day.

Do you think Naoya Inoue is really a ‘Monster’?


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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.