Filipino boxers

Michael Dasmariñas to challenge Naoya Inoue for world title

Delfin Dioquino

TITLE CRACK. Michael Dasmariñas books his biggest bout to date versus Naoya Inoue.

File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Michael Dasmariñas will try to achieve what 4 other Filipinos fell short in accomplishing: to beat Japanese champion Naoya Inoue

Filipino boxer Michael Dasmariñas will get a crack at a world title as he tangles with Japanese champion Naoya Inoue in Las Vegas on June 19.

In a report by The Ring, Top Rank boss Bob Arum revealed Dasmariñas will challenge Inoue, who holds the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation bantamweight belts.

The Inoue fight is Dasmariñas’ biggest fight to date, having not contended for a world title in any of the 4 major boxing bodies.

But Inoue is a tough nut to crack, as proven by his spotless 20-0 win-loss record (17 knockouts) that includes 4 Filipino victims.

Inoue beat Filipinos Nonito Donaire (2019), Warlito Parrenas (2015), Jerson Mancio (2013), and Crison Omayao (2012).

The Japanese is coming off a rousing seventh-round knockout victory over Australian Jason Moloney in October that followed his unanimous decision win over former Filipino champion Donaire.

While Inoue is fresh from battle, Dasmariñas has not graced the ring in more than a year.

Dasmariñas last fought Artid Bamrungauea of Thailand in October 2019, pulling off a technical knockout triumph that raised his win-loss-draw card to 30-2-1 (20 knockouts).

A pride of Camarines Sur, Dasmariñas has won 12 of his last 13 fights.

The Inoue-Dasmariñas clash was initially set to take place in Japan but had to be staged in the United States due to coronavirus-related concerns in the country. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.