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Panel: What should Naoya Inoue do next?

Naoya Inoue
Naoya Inoue is an exciting force on the world boxing scene

Darren Barker
Former IBF champion

I think Naoya Inoue should now move up to super-bantam and fight Luis Nery, the WBC champion who’s unbeaten and an exciting fighter too, and attempt to become a four-weight world champion.

Jon Thaxton
Former European champion

He’s a hell of a powerhouse. Maybe move up in weight and explore the weight division above. It’s about him testing himself. He’s definitely in the pound-for-pound top three. Maybe a move up in weight, because who is there at his weight at the moment to get people excited?

Stacey Copeland
Commonwealth champion

I think fighting the winner of Nordine Oubaali vs Nonito Donaire would make sense. Oubaali has the WBC belt so if he wins then the title would be on the line, and the first fight with Donaire was brilliant so a rematch could be great to watch, either match up would be exciting for boxing fans!

Paul Edwards
Former British champion

Fight John Riel Casimero at bantam, that’s the fight. I think Casimero’s got a chance at beating him. I would like to see him go up to super-bantam but no one stands out to me there for him.

Andy Clarke
Television commentator

The winner of Nordine Oubaali vs Nonito Donaire for the WBC or John Riel Casimero for the WBO. Never mind moving up again, he should stick at bantam and attempt write his name into the history books by becoming undisputed champion. That’s what it’s all about.

Read our report on Naoya Inoue’s latest fight here

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