Cataraja: Dasmarinas is ready
AFTER three weeks of sparring, undefeated superfly prospect KJ Cataraja believes Michael Dasmariñas is ready to take on Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue.
“He’s ready,” Cataraja told SunStar Cebu. “But it will be a tough fight for him.”
Dasmariñas will challenge Inoue for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight titles on June 19 at the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada, United States.
Cataraja thinks it will be a tough fight for Dasmariñas as Inoue is at the top of her game.
“A knockout is possible because Dasmariñas has the power, but the problem is whether Inoue can hit. Inoue has a hard chin and he took some of Donaire’s best punches. The other problem is also Inoue’s speed. and his intelligence, ”said Cataraja.
Cataraja had been Inoue’s training partner three times. He helped Inoue prepare for his World Boxing Super Series bantamweight contests with Juan Carlos Payano and Emmanuel Rodriguez in 2018 and 2019, and his canceled fight with Johnriel Casimero in 2020.
Dasmariñas had his chance at Inoue by being the mandatory challenger for the IBF belt in Inoue. He achieved compulsory status with his unanimous decision victory over Kenny Demecillo in an IBF world title eliminator in 2019.
Inoue is currently one of the best fighters in the world, pound for pound. He’s the No. 2 ranked fighter in Ring magazine’s legendary pound-for-pound ranking, just behind Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Inoue is also the linear bantamweight champion.
Inoue has just won an easy knockout in the seventh round from challenger Jason Moloney. He has beaten players like Nonito Donaire Jr., Rodriguez, Payano, Kohei Kono, Omar Narvaez and Ryoichi Taguchi.
Dasmariñas is 30-2-1 with 20 KOs, while Inoue is 20-0 with 17 KOs.
Although Dasmariñas is a huge underdog against a superstar like Inoue, Cataraja believes there is always the possibility of upset.
“If Dasmariñas hits him in the right place, there is a chance. Dasmariñas has the power, ”he said. “Right now, upheaval is a trend. There is always that stroke of luck. (EKA)