“The Monster” – Japanese boxing phenom Naoya Inoue gets cosign of ‘best boxer in UFC’ after recently dismantling Stephen Fulton

Naoya Inoue impressively defeated Stephen Fulton on 25 Jul 2023. Former UFC champion Max Holloway acknowledged Inoue's knockout power.

“The Monster” – Japanese boxing phenom Naoya Inoue gets cosign of ‘best boxer in UFC’ after recently dismantling Stephen Fulton

Max Holloway praises Naoya Inoue (Image via Imago)

Naoya Inoue recently showcased his prowess in the boxing ring with a dazzling win against Stephen Fulton on 25 Jul 2023. This victory reaffirmed his standing in the world of boxing. It also earned him admiration from unexpected quarters, notably from former UFC featherweight champion Max “Blessed” Holloway.


Inoue boasts a remarkable 25-0 record with 22 finishes. With a reputation for knockout power, he has created ripples in boxing circuits. He is nicknamed “The Monster” due to his aggressive fighting style. Inoue’s latest triumph over Fulton further cemented his pound-for-pound fighter status. Max Holloway recently commented on the video posted by Top Rank on X of Inoue knocking out Fulton. Blessed commented, “The monster.” The comment was about his nickname and also about the masterful performance of the Japanese boxer.

Max Holloway is celebrated for his keen striking ability and insightful views on combat sports. Hence, he didn’t hesitate to share his appreciation for Inoue. Holloway is the self-proclaimed “best boxer in the UFC.” Recently, Inoue has entered into negotiations with Marlon Tapales for an undisputed title fight in the super bantamweight division.

Holloway last fought at UFC Singapore. He headlined the event opposite Chan Sung Jung, a.k.a. The Korean Zombie. “Blessed” won the fight with a KO in what was “TKZ’s” retirement fight. With already accumulating three losses against current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, the future looks bleak for Holloway in the division.


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When Mike Tyson said that Naoya Inoue might be better than Manny Pacquiao

Mike Tyson is known for his forthright opinions and remarkable prowess inside the ring. During his podcast in 2022, he showered praises on the then-bantamweight, now super-bantamweight Japanese boxer, Naoya Inoue. The commendation from a legend of Tyson’s stature spoke volumes about Inoue’s impact on the contemporary boxing scene.

Mike Tyson discusses Naoya Inoue
Mike Tyson discusses Naoya Inoue (via: the statesman/asianmma.com)

Tyson couldn’t contain his admiration for the young pugilist. He even drew an audacious comparison between Inoue and Manny Pacquiao. Tyson highlighted Inoue’s fearless and dominant demeanor inside the squared circle. Some considered it a bold assertion, given Pacquiao’s unparalleled legacy. However, Tyson’s praise didn’t stop there. He continually referred to Inoue by his apt nickname, “The Monster.”

This glowing endorsement from a legend like Tyson is a testament to Inoue’s emerging prominence in the boxing realm and signals the universal appeal and recognition he’s beginning to command. As it stands, Inoue has victories over accomplished boxers like Stephen Fulton, Paul Butler, Nonito Donaire, Aran Dipaen, Michael Dasmarinas, Jason Moloney, and Emmanuel Rodríguez.


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