Nordine Oubaali won’t shy from Inoue unification

WBC world bantamweight king Nordine Oubaali is open to meeting Japan’s ‘Monster’ Naoya Inoue in a future unification showdown.

French boxing hero Oubaali (15-0, 11 KOs) stunned the U.S when he outpointed Rau’shee Warren in January to lift the title and will make his first defence on the historic #FutureLegendsofNurSultan show on July 6.

As he prepares to fight his first challenger live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, Oubaali said: “I’m feeling good. I’m preparing for my next fight and I’m very happy to be boxing in Kazakhstan. Boxing in new places in good for me.

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“I’ve fought in France, in the U.S and now I’m boxing here so I’m very proud.

“I’m world champion and very happy. This will be my first defence and after this, my objective is unification.

“I hope to fight Inoue soon. For this next fight, I’ll make a voluntary, then I’ll box my mandatory challenger but after that, why wouldn’t I fight Inoue? It’ll be good for me.

“Inoue put on a good performance against Rodriguez. Rodriguez is a good boxer but he doesn’t have the punch of Inoue. Against Inoue, you need tactics.

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“Inoue is a puncher but his tactics are not difficult. Rau’shee Warren is very difficult because he’s slick whereas Inoue is very strong.

“I’m proud to be boxing on ESPN+. It’s great to be shown in the USA. If you want big fights, you need to have the U.S audience watching you.”

Alongside Oubaali on a landmark evening for Kazakh boxing, the likes of Zhankosh Turarov, Viktor Kotochigov, Sultan Zaurbek, Ali Baloyev, Abilkhaiyr Shegaliyev and Nurtas Azhbenov will look to delight home fans.


MTK Global is pleased to announce the signing of No. 1-ranked bantamweight Nordine Oubaali of France.

With 11 of his 14 career victories coming by way of stoppage, the undefeated Oubaali is a powerful prospect and is relishing the chance to claim major honours next time out.

Oubaali said: “I would like to thank MTK Global for giving me the opportunity to work with them. I feel with their guidance I’ll be able to become world champion and unify the belts.”

MTK Global’s Head of Business Development Dr. Mirko Wolf said: “I’ve known Nordine since his amateur days and I’ve always liked his way of fighting.

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“I believe Nordine has that ‘X-factor’ that separates true champions from the rest and we are very happy to be working with him.”

MTK Global CEO Sandra Vaughan added: “We’ve had an eye on the French boxing scene for some time and signing a fantastic fighter in Nordine is just the beginning of our movement there.”