Boxing: Inoue ready to defend the world titles against the challenger of Pinoy Dasmarinas
Japan’s Naoya Inoue expressed confidence on Thursday in defending his IBF and WBA bantamweight world titles ahead of his fight against Michael Dasmarinas of the Philippines this weekend.
Recognized as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, “The Monster” Inoue is undefeated in 20 fights with 17 KO wins and will look to continue his perfect record on Saturday against the IBF’s first-ranked challenger.
“I hope to show all the techniques I have practiced. I will not go for a knockout on purpose and I will beat him by dominating the flow of the fight,” Inoue said at a press conference.
Inoue is wary of the threat posed by his left-handed counterpart, however, who is 30-2, with 20 wins coming with knockouts, with a draw.
“I think he’s a really good guy. Boxers with those positive moods tend to be the ones who show their teeth in the ring,” Inoue said of Dasmarinas.
Inoue’s last victory came on October 31 last year at the MGM Grand Conference Center in his highly anticipated Vegas debut, but Australian challenger Jason Moloney’s seventh-round knockout came behind closed doors to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
“Finally, I can have a fight in front of the Las Vegas crowd and I really enjoy it,” Inoue said ahead of his scheduled match at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
Inoue is a threeweight world champion who also became WBC lightweight flyweight champion and WBO super flyweight champion earlier in his career.