Takuma Inoue (left) vs. Jake Bornea. (Photo by Naoki Fukuda)
WBA bantamweight titleholder Takuma Inoue suffered a fractured rib, and his title defense against Jerwin Ancajas that was scheduled for November 15 has been postponed.
The whole undercard, including the co-feature between WBA flyweight ruler Artem Dalakian and challenger Seigo Yuri Akui has also been postponed and will be rescheduled once Inoue’s rib injury has heeled.
Inoue (18-1, 4 knockouts), rated at No. 9 by The Ring at bantamweight, is talented in his own right but is often found in his older brother Naoya’s shadow. Takuma won the OPBF 115-pound title in just his fifth fight, made two defenses before stepping up to bantamweight. Continued to gain experience before he lost his unbeaten record in a WBC title shot against Nordine Oubaali (UD 12).
He beat Keita Kurihara (TD 9) to pick up the OPBF 118-pound belt. Moved up to 122-pounds and beat experienced former world title challenger Shingo Wake (UD 12) and then added the national title beating grizzled veteran Gukuya Furuhashi (UD 12). Last time out he outpointed Liborio Solis (UD 12) to annex the vacant WBA title.
Ancajas (34-3-2, 23 KOs) won the IBF title from McJoe Arroyo (UD 12) in September 2016. He made nine successful defenses, posting wins over Teiru Kinoshita (TKO 7), Jamie Conlan (TKO 6) and Israel Gonzalez (TKO 10).
Ancajas is a road warrior and has competed in Macau, Australia, Ireland, the U.S. and Mexico. The 31-year-old southpaw lost his title to Fernando Martinez (UD 12) in February 2022 and then lost the rematch to the Argentine fighter (UD 12). However, he then got back to winning ways over the summer.
Dalakian (22-0, 15 KOs), rated at No. 3 by The Ring at flyweight, quietly went about his business in the Ukraine before coming to the U.S. and impressively beating Brian Viloria (UD 12) for the vacant WBA title in February 2018. The 36-year-old has since made six defenses, all but one taking place in the Ukraine, mostly against mid-level opposition.
His activity was badly hit by Covid and more recently the war in his homeland. Returning to action in England earlier this year, he beat Ring-rated David Jimenez (UD 12).
Akui (18-2-1, 11 KOs), rated at No. 10 by The Ring at flyweight, started off his career with 11 wins from 12 fights (his only blemish is a draw) before losing his unbeaten status to future two-weight titleholder Junto Nakatani (TKO 6). Bounced back impressively stopping future junior flyweight titlist Masamichi Yabuki (TKO 1). However, then suffered another reverse, this time against Jaysever Abcede (TKO 8).
The 28-year-old has won his last six fights, claiming the national title and holds wins over Taku Kuwahara (TKO 10), Takuya Kogawa (TKO 10) and, most recently, shut out Jayson Vayson (UD 10).
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