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  Fright Night For Moloney
Inoue Is Indeed A "Monster"

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


If your nickname is “Monster” you might as well make a statement on Halloween night. That’s just what Bantamweight Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17 KO’s) did against Jason Moloney (21-2, 18 KO’s) Saturday night in the Las Vegas Bubble.

Simply put, this fight was never close. Inoue came to the States to prove he is the real deal. Make no mistake about it, he made his point very clear. Moloney had no chance at any moment in this fight to stop “Monster” from dominating inside, outside and all points in between.

With lightning hand and foot speed Inoue put a serious amount of punishment on Moloney before delivering a counter right hand in round seven that dropped “The Man From Down Under”, rendering him unable to get back to his feet.

It was as one sided a beatdown as one could imagine. And now… “Monster” Inoue has unleashed his fury in America. Look for the Japanese sensation to reign as one of the top must see attractions in 2021. With the victory Inoue retains the WBA/IBF/Ring Magazine Bantamweight World Title.

Officially this one came to a grinding halt at the 2:59 mark of round seven.

On his Halloween performance Inoue roared, “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. As you go fight to fight, you learn things from the previous fight. Regarding {the Nonito Donaire fight}. I think I’m getting wiser and better. The Oubaali-Donaire {winner} with the WBC title and Casimero with the WBO, they’re within my sights are far as fights go.”

A jubilant Bob Arum exclaimed, “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.”

Super Featherweight Ewa Brodnicka (19-1, 2 KO’s) lost her title on the scales, lost her hair trying to make weight and then lost the fight to Mikaela Mayer (14-0, 5 KO’s) who took the vacant World Boxing Organization World Female Super Feather Title. Mayer dominated the fight with a blistering performance in her first title fight. Look for Mayer to unify titles as she marches through the female side of boxing. Judges scorecards all in favor of Mayer read 99-89 and 100-88 x 2.

On her title winning victory Meyer said, “Like {head trainer} Coach Al {Mitchell} said, her holding and her movement was a little tricky for me to catch on to. I still feel like I did win every round. There were definitely some things I could’ve done a little bit better, but ultimately it was a good learning fight. I definitely want to unify this division. I don’t want to wait around. I don’t want to take a couple of years to do it. I want to do it right away. So, {WBC champion} Terri Harper told me to get a belt. Eddie Hearn told me to get a belt. I have the WBO belt now, so let’s make that fight happen. I want Terri Harper next.”

Super Featherweight Robson Conceicao (15-0, 7 KO’s) went down early then lost another point for a low blow in his bout with Luis Coria (12-4, 7 KO’s). Things certainly were not going as planned. Adding insult to injury, Robson started dominating rounds but was again deducted a point. Now he was down three points. Ouch! Despite falling behind 3 times over, Conceicao somehow was given a unanimous decision nod, 94-93 and 95-92 x 2. Trick or Treat?

Heavyweight Jared Anderson (7-0, 7 KO’s) needed less than one round to dispatch of the hapless Luis Eduardo Pena (6-2, 6 KO’s). Not much to report here, Anderson beat the snot out of Eduardo.


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