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Saturday. October 17. 2020

‘Monster’ Inoue ends domestic training for Las Vegas fight with Moloney

World Boxing Association super and International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Naoya ‘’Monster’’ Inoue did his last sparring in Japan on Oct. 17 as he will leave for the United States the following day to defend his titles against top-ranked World Boxing Organization bantamweight Jason Moloney of Australia for a scheduled 12-rounder at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 31 (Nov. 1 Japan time).


The 27-year-old Inoue had three rounds of sparring with fellow boxer Keisuke Matsumoto, and Inoue’s trainer and father Shingo commented, ‘’We have had the superb training session in Japan as he has achieved a perfect condition in terms of offense, defense and in-and-out speed. In Las Vegas, he will concentrate on weight control and recovery from physical exhaustion.

Hideyuki Ohashi, head of Ohashi Boxing Gym in Yokohama, quoted Inoue as saying, ‘’I am satisfied with my last sparring session as well. I cannot hold still although I will fight in the unknown world of Las Vegas where the fight will be held behind closed doors.’’

Inoue’s younger brother Takuma, a former World Boxing Council interim bantamweight champion, will accompany Inoue as his training partner in Las Vegas.

Inoue, who tested negative for the novel coronavirus PCR test done on Oct. 16, is undefeated in his 19 bouts, including 16 knockouts, while the 29-year-old Moloney has a 21-1 win-loss record with 18 KOs. He is also ranked second by the WBA and fourth by the IBF. Photo/Ohashi Boxing Gym