The unified WBA/IBF bantamweight world champion Japanese Naoya Inoue will be defending his titles against Australian challenger Jason Moloney on October 31 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank made the official announcement of the fight on Tuesday which will be televised live on ESPN.
The champion Naoya Inoue, accompanied by his manager, Hideyuki Ohashi, participated yesterday, Wednesday, in a well-attended press conference in Yokohama, Japan, where “Monster” talked about the clash.
Originally, a unification fight was heavily rumored between Inoue and WBO bantamweight world champion Filipino John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20 KO’s).
Casimero of Ormoc, Leyte, would have come to the fight after knocking out formidable South African champion Zolani Tete.
But various obstacles, including getting an American visa in time for Inoue, brought the Casimero fight to the ground.
But, without a doubt, Jason Moloney (21-1, 17 KO’s) is a quality for who will bring his own set of fighting skills and spirit into the ring.
Moloney offered fans an impressive performance in his June fight, stopping in seven rounds Mexican Leonardo Baez.
However, Jason Moloney failed in his only attempt at winning a world title by losing a competitive 12 round split decision to then IBF bantamweight champion Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodríguez in October of 2018.
Since then, Moloney has accumulated four victories consecutive, all by way of knockout.
The long-awaited return of the “Monster” Inoue (19-0, 16 KO’s), against Jason Moloney will come after the Japanese consolidated his position as the best bantamweight on the planet by defeating veteran Filipino champion 🇵🇭 Nonito Donaire in an incredible war to unify the WBA and IBF World crowns.
The Inoue vs Donaire was awarded “Fight of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).
Will Inoue ravage and stop the Australian in another riveting, thrilling KO..??
Or will Moloney shock the boxing world by defeating Inoue, one of the most skilled and sizzling boxers in the world today..??
Naoya Inoue vs Moloney for unified WBA/IBF 118-pound belt Oct 31 in Las Vegas. May the Best Man Win.
Photos: Naoki Fukuda.