Angelo Leo sees Naoya Inoue fight as a ticket to Hall of Fame

Angelo Leo sees a potential superfight on the horizon with two-time undisputed world champion Naoya Inoue.

However, before then, he returns to action tonight (January 31) as the main event when he takes on Mike Plania on ProBox TV’s Wednesday Night Fights, live from Plant City, Florida.

A former WBO super-bantamweight champion, Leo now campaigns at featherweight, but sees the dominant super-bantamweight Inoue as not just a future foe, but an opportunity. 

He even seems to view a potential fight with the Japanese legend as a way to define his legacy in the sport. 

"Naoya Inoue is one of the top dogs in all of boxing," Leo told ProBox TV. "Fighting him and beating him would catapult my name to Hall of Fame status."

Situated in the top 10 of the WBA rankings, Leo is hoping to have a big year. 

He snapped an inactive streak of over two years with a November return on ProBox TV and stopped Nicolas Polanco in the ninth round. 

Leo wants to fight three to four times this year, and box for a world title.

“I think just proving myself [in the sport of boxing],” he said, of his hopes for 2024. “If I win a world title at featherweight and eventually move up to 130, I believe I’d be a Hall of Famer at that point.”

The 29-year-old, with a record of 22-1 and 10 knockouts, is looking to have another notable performance. One that can inch him closer to a world title, and maybe even an Inoue fight as the Japanese star will inevitably move up to featherweight.

“I just want to be the best fighter I can possibly be,” Leo said. “Taking care of my family. Making sure I am financially set. In the end, that is what matters to me.”