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Naoya Inoue vs. Paul Butler fight time, live stream, more for bantamweight title bout

Naoya Inoue and Paul Butler are set to face off in the ring on Tuesday, December 13 in a bantamweight bout. We break down when the fight starts and how to watch the full card.

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Naoya Inoue from Japan (L) and England’s Paul Butler pose for photographs following a weigh-in ahead of their December 13 bantamweight fight, in Yokohama on December 12, 2022. Photo by YUICHI YAMAZAKI/AFP via Getty Images

Unbeaten three division champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue (23-0) is looking to add another belt to his resume, as he takes on WBO bantamweight champion Paul Butler (36-2) this Tuesday, December 13 at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan. The winner will become the undisputed champ of the weight class.

How to watch Naoya Inoue vs. Paul Butler

The preliminary card is set to get underway at 2:30 a.m. ET. Ring walks for Inoue and Butler are estimated for 6 a.m. ET, depending on the length of the undercard.

The fight is going to be broadcast on ESPN+ — meaning you’ll need a subscription in order to watch the event. You can subscribe to ESPN+ on the ESPN website, where a monthly subscription for $5.99, or get the ESPN/Disney/Hulu bundle for $13.99 per month. Once you’ve got a valid login, you can watch the bout with WatchESPN or on the ESPN app.

Fighter history

Inoue currently holds the WBA, IBF, Ring, and WBC bantamweight titles. He is a knockout artist, boasting a knockout ratio of 87% and with a win in this bout he will secure his fourth title in the bantamweight division. In his last fight he won via a second round TKO over Nonito Donaire to secure the WBC bantamweight title. He now has his eyes on the WBO title.

Opposite him stands the current WBO bantamweight champion Paul Butler, who is very polished and can compete at many levels. Butler once held the IBF belt briefly in 2014-15, this is a big opportunity for him to return back to that form. In his last fight, Butler defeated Jonas Sultan by unanimous decision to capture the then vacant WBO bantamweight title.

Inoue is a -800 favorite to win the bout at DraftKings Sportsbook, while Lopez is a +1300 underdog. Inoue to win by KO/TKO/DQ is favored on the line at -2500.

Full card for Naoya Inoue vs. Paul Butler

  • Main event: Naoya Inoue vs. Paul Butler, 12 rounds, for undisputed bantamweight championship
  • Yoshiki Takei vs. Bruno Tarimo, 12 rounds, junior featherweight
  • Andy Hiraoka vs. Min Ho Jung, 12 rounds, junior welterweight
  • Takuma Inoue vs. Jake Bornea, 10 rounds, featherweight
  • Satoshi Shimizu vs. Landy Cris Leon, 8 rounds, junior lightweight
  • Hironori Miyake vs. Peter McGrail, 8 rounds, featherweight