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Naoya Inoue and the Debate Over American Stardom

The world of boxing is buzzing with debate following Shawn Porter's recent comments on Naoya Inoue's path to global stardom. Porter suggested that for Inoue to truly ascend to superstardom, he would need to make a significant impact in America.



Naoya Inoue


However, this viewpoint has sparked a discussion about the necessity of cracking the American market for international athletes to achieve greatness.


Inoue, also known as "Monster," is only 31 years old but already boasts an impressive record of 26-0 with 23 knockouts, placing him among the sport's elite alongside Terence Crawford.


Despite this, Porter's remarks have raised questions about Inoue's status as a global star, as he is already a huge name in Japan and highly respected worldwide.


The Japanese star is slated to fight Mexico's Luis Nery in front of a massive crowd of 55,000 at the Tokyo Dome on May 6, further solidifying his status as a top-tier fighter.


However, Todd duBoef, vice president of Top Rank, strongly disagreed with Porter's comments, praising Inoue as possibly the greatest fighter he has ever seen and emphasizing his iconic status in the sport.


“I totally disagree with that, but that’s his opinion,” duBoef said of Porter’s comments. “Selfishly, I’d love to have [Inoue] in America.
He is a phenom. I’ve said this: I think he’s the best fighter I’ve ever seen in my 30 years … complete fighter, because I like an aggressive style, power in both hands, IQ, defense, offense. He does everything.
“But he’s in a market that supports him so well, too. He doesn’t need to go to America.
[For Manny] Pacquiao, the Philippines is an under-resourced economy. Japan is a fully developed economy, with big stadiums and big media platforms.

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