DEEP 74 – 12/20/2015: 18-Year Old Prodigy Naoki Inoue’s Fourth Pro Fight Confirmed

An 18-year old Naoki Inoue is going for his fourth straight wins as pro MMA fighterOn Friday, DEEP announced first set of fight cards of DEEP 74.

Out of eight fights revealed, the most interesting fight has got to be a flyweight bout between two undefeated fighters, Naoki Inoue and Takahiro Okoshi.

Inoue is a younger brother of Invicta FC veteran Mizuki Inoue. He did one ammy fight last year then made a pro MMA debut earlier this year when he was only 17. And so far, he has been submitting all of his opponents in the first round.

Okoshi came into the sport of MMA relatively late. He made a pro MMA debut when he was 26. But injury forced him out of the entire year 2014, and finally made the comeback in March of this year.

He is not quite impressive as Inoue but he has finished two of his four opponents via TKO.

This is a very even match-up on the paper. And both of them are good strikers so we can expect an exciting fight from these two. And, in a way, this fight will measure the true potential of an 18-year old prodigy from city of Toyohashi.

Sunday, December 20th, 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 14:00
Fight Starts – 14:30

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

Flyweight Bout
Kota Ishibashi (Japan / DOBUITA) vs Haruki Nakayama (Japan / GRABAKA)

Lightweight Bout
LUIZ (Japan / Zendo-kai) vs Seita Katsuki (Japan / Souten juku Yokohama)

Lightweight Bout
Yusaku Fujisawa (Japan / Zendo-kai) vs Hiroshi "Chantamo" Hayashi (Japan / Honey Trap)

Flyweight Bout
Isamu Odagiri (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Tokyo Dojo) vs Iyori Akiba (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)

Flyweight Bout
Naoki Inoue (Hakushinkai) vs Takahiro Okoshi (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO MMA)

Featherweight Bout
Yoshihiko Shinzato (Japan / MAKUGAN) vs Koumei Okada (Japan / PUREBRED)

Bantamweight Bout
Takuya Kanai (Japan / Honey Trap) vs Seio DATE (Japan / Team DATE)

Featherweight Bout
Akihiro Ogawa (Japan / CAVE) vs DARANI DATE (Team DATE)

Confirmed to Fight:
Masakazu Imanari (Japan / Team-ROKEN)

Ticket Prices:
VIP – 15,000 yen
SRS – 10,000 yen
A – 8,000 yen
B – 6,500 yen
*500 yen more at the door.

Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of DEEP facebook page –