By James K. Attaglo Wilson
27-year-old Japanese phenom – Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue proved yet again why he is arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world on Saturday as he stopped Jason ‘Mayhem’ Moloney with a seventh-round knockout at ‘The Bubble’ inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to keep his WBA, IBF and Ring magazine bantamweight titles.
Fighting in America for the first time in his professional career the Japanese did not turn down his firepower, sending the Australian to the canvas twice during the contest.
Jason Moloney [21-2, 18 KOs] fought very well in the fourth round as he upped his workrate, winning the round 10-9 on two of the three judges’ scorecards, but The Monster [Inoue] turned on a Halloween nightmare after that round, nailing the Australian with a short left hook early in the sixth that sent him straight to the canvas.
Inoue, three-division world champion [20-0, 17 KOs] has improve to 15-0, but still believes he isn’t done learning and commended Moloney for helping bring the best out of him:
“The final punch, the finishing punch, I’m very happy and satisfied with that punch.
“Moloney has a great defense, and it was very difficult to get through.
“The two punches you mentioned are something we really practiced in Japan a lot, and I was able to perform well and use it, and I’m very happy with that.”
Moloney, who entered the bout on a four fight winning streak following his lone career loss to Emmanuel Rodriguez by split decision for IBF title two years ago earned the praise of Top Rank Chairman – Bob Arum for bravely putting up a show despite lacking the champion’s precision against The Monster.
“The Monster is a special fighter. I haven’t seen a young fighter like that in a long time. And credit to Jason Moloney for fighting like a warrior. He gave it his absolute best.”
According to CompuBox, however, Inoue edged Moloney by just four total punches thrown 338 to 334.
The difference was in accuracy and power though, with Inoue landing with 32% (107) of his blows while Moloney’s connect rate was 19% (62).