Pound-for-pound king, Naoya “Monster” Inoue is will defend his WBA and IBF bantamweight world titles tomorrow from The Theater at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas against Filipino mandatory challenger Michael “Hot and Spicy” Dasmarinas.
The Japanese prodigy [Inoue], who also captured titles at light flyweight and junior bantamweight, is 15-0 in world title bouts and looks set to continue his dominance against a man who has not tasted defeat since 2014.
Speaking ahead of fight night, Inoue has pledged to give nothing but the best of himself:
“Basically, [becoming undisputed champion] means I’m the best in that weight class, the bantamweight division. To prove that, that’s why I’m going after all four belts.”
“I feel the expectations, and I want to answer those expectations, and I want to have a performance Saturday night to answer to those expectations.”
“I’m very happy that the nickname ‘Monster’ comes before Naoya Inoue. I’m very happy and honored, and I’ve taken it in myself as far as ‘Monster’ in the United States as my name.”
Meanwhile, Dasmarinas has also promised to give the Japanese boxing Monster a good fight on Saturday:
“I did everything I am supposed to do in training, and I am prepared, and I will do whatever it takes to give a good fight to Naoya Inoue.”
“It was a long, hard wait [after winning the IBF title eliminator in March 2019], but patience and perseverance allowed me to get here. I am thankful to everyone that I’ve been given the chance to fight a great fighter in Naoya Inoue.”
“America has to learn about my very hot and spicy punches!”
In the co-feature, Mikaela Mayer will make the first defense of her WBO junior lightweight strap against former two-weight world champion Erica Farias.
Mayer dethroned Ewa Brodnicka last October as the co-feature to the Inoue-Jason Moloney main event. Mayer has her sights on the top names in and around her weight class.