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Naoya Inoue vs. Stephen Fulton Jr. Has Been Postponed

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Naoya Inoue vs. Stephen Fulton Jr. Has Been Postponed

Naoya Inoue vs. Stephen Fulton Jr. Has Been Postponed

The story has been updated with this latest release from Top Rank.

Stephen Fulton’s WBO/WBC junior featherweight world title defense against Naoya Inoue — originally scheduled for Sunday, May 7, at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan — has been postponed due to a training injury suffered by Inoue.

Fulton-Inoue will be rescheduled for July, with a new date to be announced in due course.The main event and undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively in the U.S. on ESPN+. 

Fulton (21-0, 8 KOs) will make his third world title defense and second as a unified champion since defeating Brandon Figueroa in one of the best fights of 2021. Inoue (24-0, 21 KOs), the sport’s pound-for-pound king, is a three-division world champion who is making his junior featherweight debut after defeating Paul Butler last December to become the undisputed bantamweight world champion.


Former undisputed bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue (24-0) has suffered an injury while preparing for a unified super bantamweight fight against Stephen Fulton Jr. (21-0) which was scheduled for May 7 in Japan. Mike Coppinger tweeted about the injury within the last hour.


Although this is one of the most anticipated fights on the boxing calendar, Fulton Jr. tweeted out “We got a date relax It’s still happening” followed by another tweet saying “I got y’all chill” with a ninja and scooter emoji following the message text.

This postponement may be a blessing in disguise as the fight would have been hours after Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs. John Ryder which will stream live from Mexico on DAZN. Since it is being reported postponed and not cancelled, the fans should cool their jets a bit and understand that these things happen in boxing and that we are still getting the fight; just at a later date. Big Fight Weekend will continue to monitor this story as it develops.

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Born and raised in the Bronx, New York City, Abe grew up in a family who were and still are die-hard boxing fans. He started contributing boxing articles in 2017 while being an active duty U.S. Marine. Abe is the Managing Editor for Big Fight Weekend and also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).

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