Naoya “Monster” Inoue, the Japanese boxing sensation who currently holds the WBA and IBF bantamweight titles, left Japan on June 9th en route to Las Vegas to meet Michael Dasmariñas of the Philippines, the IBF Challenger # 1, measure up.
The title match between the unbeaten Inoue (20-0, 17 Ko) and Dasmariñas (30-2-1, 20 KO) will be played in front of a live audience in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 19th (June 20th JST). Inoue’s last fight also took place in the city of Nevada, where he beat up Australian boxer Jason Moloney in November 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were no fans in attendance for this fight.
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Inoue has been dubbed a “monster” because of his relentless attack and punishing blows.
During an online press conference on May 14th, Hideyuki Ohashi, owner of Ohashi Gym, where Inoue trains, said, “He ([Inoue] is even stronger than in his last title fight and I have the impression that his skills have improved too. “
Inoue’s father Shingo, who serves as his trainer, warmly agrees. The older Inoue remarked: “He trains steadily and well at a high level and is highly motivated.”
“Monster” Inoue himself emphasized his progress and described the state of his boxing today as “able to react appropriately to the movements of the opponent and to be better able to execute punches more precisely”.
He added, “I have had the experience of fighting once in Las Vegas and I feel relaxed. I am confident that I can give the fans a good show. ”
Insights into Dasmariñas
Inoue gives the impression that he is on the right track when it comes to improving his skills and making any necessary adjustments.
He rated his 28-year-old opponent like this: “Admittedly, he has a knockout blow. But he leaves more options open than Moloney, so I think there will be plenty of opportunities for me to beat him. ”
However, that doesn’t mean Inoue will lose his vigilance.
“He tends to turn his head when he approaches to strike, so I have to be careful not to bump his head on me,” he said of Dasmariñas.
Before boarding his flight at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, Inoue stated that the fight would not be over the distance.
“I am absolutely confident 100 percent,” he said. “Though I would be lying if I said that I was completely unconcerned.”
Nonetheless, Inoue quickly added that the bout was “preparation for a subsequent unification of titles”.
What Inoue obviously has in mind is a rematch with crafty Filipino veteran Nonito Donaire (41-6-0), who died on Jan.
In November 2019, the two men faced each other in a highly competitive match, which Inoue won on points. Many boxing enthusiasts rated it as the best fight of the year.
LINK (2019 game): Inoue vs. Donaire Play-by-Play and Live Results
Without a doubt, Monster would love to put another dazzling gig in Las Vegas to end up wearing three title belts.
Fuji TV will broadcast a delayed broadcast of the match between Inoue and Dasmariñas in Japan on Sunday June 20th from 8pm.
(Read Here the Sankei Shimbun Article on which this report is based.)
Author: Shin Sato