Naoya “The Monster” Inoue is back in the United States ready to sow terror once again in Las Vegas.
After a seven-round demolition of Australian Jason Moloney at MGM Grand last October 31, the Japanese knockout artist cuts an imposing figure in the bantamweight division.
Filipino challenger Michael Dasmariñas, however, is unfazed by Inoue’s stature and is waiting to spring a surprise on Saturday, June 19 (Sunday, June 20, Philippine time) at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Dasmariñas arrived in Los Angeles on May 31 and is winding up his preparations under trainer Tacy Macalos at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood before motoring to Las Vegas on fight week of their battle for Inoue’s World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation bantamweight crowns.
In a press conference held in Tokyo before he left for the US, Inoue hinted at surpassing his performance against Moloney.
“I’m in perfect condition and hope to show my best performance to the world,” Inoue told fightnews.com.
Inoue, a three-division world champion, has beaten all of his 20 opponents thus far, 17 by way of stoppages.
His promoter, Hideyuki Ohashi, is urging Inoue to knock Dasmariñas out to further enhance his pound-for-pound credentials and gain global recognition.
Inoue is accompanied by his father and trainer Shingo; younger brother Takuma, a former World Boxing Council interim bantamweight titlist; and cousin Koki, a former World Boxing Organization Asia-Pacific light welterweight titlist.
Owing to his credentials, Inoue has been tagged as a huge favorite over Dasmariñas, with 95 % of bettors believing he would win. In contrast, only 3 % thinks Dasmariñas (30-2-1, 20 KOs) is capable of slaying “The Monster.” – Rappler.com