Japan’s unbeaten ‘Monster’ Inoue defends title in Vegas debut

Naoya Inoue of Japan celebrates his win over Nonito Donaire of Philippines after their World Boxing Super Series bantamweight final at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on November 7, 2019. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Japan’s unbeaten Naoya Inoue, known as “Monster” for his devastating punching power, risks two world welterweight titles Saturday in his Las Vegas debut against Australia’s Jason Moloney.

The 12-round showdown inside a quarantine bubble at the MGM Grand ends a 51-week layoff for Inoue (19-0 with 16 knockouts) and sends Moloney (21-1 with 18 knockouts) back into the ring only four months after his fourth early stoppage victory in a row.

Inoue united the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association crowns last November by winning the World Boxing Super Series final over Filipino star Nonito Donaire by unanimous decision after dispatching four prior foes in less than three rounds.

“It’s not that I’m always going to knock out my opponents,” Inoue told fight telecaster ESPN. “I want to show that kind of fighting as well, but I don’t believe that’s what boxing is all about. I want to show all my techniques and abilities.”

Inoue was to have faced John Riel Casimero last April but the bout was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic and the Japanese star’s ring return in a new deal with promoter Bob Arum was delayed several months.

“Naoya Inoue is a generational talent, the sort of fighter who comes around once a decade,” Arum said. “He will be a major star stateside in no time. You are looking at an all-time great who is entering the prime of what will be a historic career.”

Moloney, 29, stopped Mexico’s Leonardo Baez after seven rounds in June and has been on a knockout role since his lone defeat — a

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Exhibition will be real thing, say Tyson and Jones Jr

FILE PHOTO: Former boxer Mike Tyson before the fight between Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United State on Feb 22, 2020. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

A charity bout between former champions Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. next month is being billed as an exhibition but both boxers described it as war on Thursday, promising to hold nothing back even if they have to fight under women’s rules.

The boxing greats, now into their 50s and well past their primes, will return to the ring at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as the main event on a Nov. 28 card that will also have YouTube celebrity Jake Paul (1-0) taking on former-NBA dunk champion Nate Robinson on his professional debut.

On their resumes, Tyson, the first heavyweight to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and Jones Jr., who simultaneously held a record seven belts, would be a mouthwatering spectacle.

But 54-year-old Tyson, once known as “the baddest man on the planet”, has not fought since a loss to Kevin McBride in 2005 while 51-yer-old Jones Jr.’s last fight came in 2018.

Still both boxers, as well versed in the art of promotion as the sweet science, did their best to drum up interest in the pay-per-view event, making it clear they are preparing to fight not spar.

“Listen, I don’t know what you are talking about (it) not a real fight,” said Tyson, during a conference call. “You got Mike Tyson and Roy Jones and I’m coming to fight and I hope he’s coming to fight and that’s all you need to know.

“I’m ready to do this and I’m feeling great. We’re ready to go to war.”

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The exhibition will be dressed up as the real thing with the bout overseen by

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Barrera, Morales plan exhibition match

Erik Morales (L) throws a glancing blow to the head of Marco Antonio Barrera during a fight for the WBC World Super Featherweight Championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 27, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

MANILA, Philippines—Mexican legends Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales are planning to face each other for the fourth time, this time in an exhibition match on January 15 in Dallas.

As per ESPN Deportes, h/t BoxingScene.com, the two ring icons are looking to hold the four-round bout in Dallas, Texas and are hoping to have some sort of an audience.

This would be their first ring encounter after they completed their trilogy in 2004 when Barrera captured the WBC World super featherweight title from Morales via majority decision.

Barrera won the latter two fights in the trilogy with all three matches going to the judges’ scorecards.

The first and third contests were named “Fight of the Year” honors.

Morales, a World champion in four divisions, last fought in 2014 and suffered a third round knockout loss against welterweight champion Danny Garcia while Barrera, who held titles in three weight classes, knocked out Jose Arias in two rounds in 2011 for his final match.

Fierce rivals, who both faced Pacquiao several times in their careers, during their active years, the two Hall of Famers have now become good friends.


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