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  Jason Moloney & Mikaela Mayer
Set For World Title Spotlight

Australian contender Jason Moloney is going "monster hunting" Saturday evening (ESPN+, 7:30 p.m. ET) when he faces WBA/IBF/Ring Magazine bantamweight world champion Naoya "Monster" Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) from the MGM Grand Las Vegas Bubble.

In the co-feature, female boxing's brightest star, 2016 U.S. Olympian Mikaela Mayer, will challenge WBO junior lightweight world champion Ewa Brodnicka. Mayer (13-0, 5 KOs), the betting favorite, will seek to dethrone a seasoned champion who has made five title defenses. Moloney (21-1, 18 KOs), meanwhile, is confident he can upset the odds and topple the three-division world champion and one of the sport's most devastating punchers.

Moloney, Mayer and Top Rank chairman Bob Arum met the media for a fight week Zoom press conference. This is what they had to say.

Bob Arum

When {Mikaela} came to Top Rank, the one thing she told us is she wanted to fight for a world championship. It took some time, but she was grounded in the professional ranks. Shes performed tremendously, and now on Oct. 31, she has the opportunity to win a world championship. And we believe she has the experience now, and the ability, to bring home to the United States a world championship.

When Mikaela gives the orders, you step to attention and try to get {the world title fight} done. Were very proud of Mikaela. Shes comported herself tremendously, both in and out of the ring, and shes going to be a great world champion and a great credit to womens boxing."

Mikaela Mayer

I have been calling out the champs for a while. Its been something I feel like Ive been ready for for a few fights, but now in hindsight looking back, I think everything worked out perfectly. Like Bob Arum said, Ive had some really great fights, and Ive really been able to settle in to my pro style. Im more ready than ever to take on these world champions. I feel like Im the best in this division.

I am honored that Top Rank has really moved me in the way that they have. Its not just me, but believing in womens boxing. I think that theyve moved me perfectly. I think that theyve put me on some amazing cards, and its given me the platform Ive wanted.

Im peaking as an athlete. Im really coming into my own. And so its really not about Ewa. Its really about me. They always train me like Im going up against somebody amazing, and I always have to be like, You guys, dont worry, relax. I got this. But thats what good coaches do. Theyre looking at everything Ewa Brodnicka does really well and then theyre acting as if she does it better than how she actually does it.

I think {Brodnicka} is hyping up the fight, talking a big game, but I dont think she believes anything that shes saying. I think she knows Im a better fighter. She knows Im fast. She knows Im strong. She knows Im more technically sound. Shes just playing into the hype.

I absolutely hope that after I get this belt from Brodnicka that Eddie Hearn and {WBC champion} Terri Harper will be willing to make this fight happen with me, so we can unify these belts. Because thats what they told me: Go get a belt, Mikaela, and then well talk about it. So, Bob, hold them to their word when it comes to that.

Jason Moloney

Every fighter should want to fight the best. Thats why were in this sport. My dream and my goal is to be the best bantamweight in the world, and the only way to make that happen is to beat Inoue. Ive been working towards this opportunity, and have wanted this opportunity, for a long time. Its finally here. Im completely confident, and I know Ive got what it takes to beat him. Saturday nights the opportunity to prove it. I cant wait. Im ready to go.

I love being the underdog, and I love proving people wrong and going out there and, as Ive said before, shocking the world. I know a lot of people dont give me a chance in this fight, and that just gives me extra motivation and extra fire in the belly to go out there and show people what can be done. People place some of these fighters like Inoue and Lomachenko on this pedestal and think that theyre unbeatable, but theyre not. Were all human. We all got two arms and two legs, and everyone has weaknesses. Everybody can be beaten.

Me and {twin brother} Andrew walked into the boxing gym together for our first day 17 years ago. Theres been a lot of hard work and sacrifices, and weve grown together every step of the way, and rode the roller coaster together. A lot of ups and a lot of downs and a lot of hard work. A lot of blood, sweat and tears, and in three weeks time, we can get on a plane together with four world titles and go home to Australia and celebrate together with each other, but also with our friends and family and everyone who supported us since day one.


ESPN+, Approximately 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Naoya Inoue vs. Jason Moloney, 12 rounds, Inoue's WBA/IBF/Ring Magazine bantamweight world titles

Ewa Brodnicka vs. Mikaela Mayer, 10 rounds, Brodnicka's WBO female junior lightweight world title

ESPN+, 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT

Robson Conceio vs. Luis Coria, 10 rounds, junior lightweight

Andres Cortes vs. George Acosta, 8 rounds, junior lightweight

Julian Rodriguez vs. Jose Eduardo Lopez Rodriguez, 10 rounds, junior welterweight

Jared Anderson vs. Luis Eduardo Pena, 6 rounds, heavyweight

Andy Hiraoka vs. Rickey Edwards, 8 rounds, junior welterweight


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