Halloween is the day – 👻trick or treat!🎃 – But make no mistake about it, the treat is all ours, as Pound-4-Pound tyrant 🇯🇵Naoya “Monster” Inoue (19-0-0, 16KO👊) puts his Bantamweight RING, WBA and IBF World Titles up on the line against RING-MAG rated #6 world Bantamweight challenger 🇦🇺Jason Moloney (21-1-0, 18KO👊).
The old adage of stars aligning is fully applicable here, as Inoue will make his official debut for Bob Arum’s 📺Top-Rank Promotions, and with him appropriately being nicknamed “The Monster”, the October 31st date perfectly fell into his lap to express to his new eagerly awaiting American audience why he is looked at globally as the terror of boxing.
GREATNESS – PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING FOR THE MAN KNOWN AS THE MONSTER
In his previous fight, Inoue proved to everyone who watched this contest, that he is indeed everything that we thought he was, as he was taken to a deep and very dark place by boxing legend 🇵🇭Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire, who broke Naoya’s eye-socket, and gave the performance of his life. Inoue never lost his wits about him, and kept his focus. He was able to adapt to the circumstances, and the tactics brought forth by Donaire, and showed how savvy he is, as well how deep his reservoir of intestinal fortitude, also his skills go, with a seemingly endless pit to pull from in both regards.
He would endure to survive the injury, getting staggered in the 7th round, and rose to the occasion in the Championship rounds, and winning the fight by Unanimous Decision, nabbing the 🎥World Boxing Super Series 🏆Bantamweight Trophy, and authoring up something memorable against his idol (Donaire) that will stay embedded in the minds of his fans.
Now for Inoue (there is absolutely nothing fortunate about the coronavirus pandemic), the extra time off from the ring gave him extra time to fully heal up physically and mentally from his rough ordeal last November. He was fortunate to avoid surgery and let his orbital injury heal naturally, so for this upcoming fight, he can fight at his maximum capacity.
WEALTH OF PROMISE FROM THE MAN WHO RESIDES FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER
With a new crop of Australian boxers looking to carry the torch since Anthony Mundine’s time winding down, and Jeff Horn’s spotlight quickly fading away, you have some young interesting up and comers beginning to flourish, young names that come to mind are 🇦🇺Tim Tszyu, 🇦🇺Andrew Moloney (Jason’s twin brother), and 🇦🇺George Kambrosos Jr. Albeit a talented crop, one could vehemently argue that Jason Moloney is indeed the best fighter from Australia at this current time.
He had his chance to win a title when he faced then-IBF Bantamweight Titlist 🇵🇷Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez, but lost by way of Split-Decision, in a fight where Moloney found himself way down on the cards after 9, but fought feverishly in the final 3 rounds to tighten the scores up, but he started his comeback too late, and Rodriguez defended his title, moving on to the next round of the tournament to battle the man that Moloney is indeed about to face Saturday.
Jason Moloney will have to face the daunting task of fighting Inoue, who demolished Rodriguez (Moloney’s conqueror) in his next fight in under 2 rounds of combat, and ripped the red belt off his shoulder. Jason has a reputation of being a gutsy craftsman – well he’s going to have to rely on that grit in this contest, because he knows, as the rest of the world knows, that his opponent is definitely going to bring it.