The “Monster” Naoya Inoue (20-0 17Kos) will be bringing his undefeated record to ESPN again as he defends his WBA, IBF, and Ring Magazine bantamweight titles. His opponent is lightly known as Michael Dasmarinas (30-2-1 20Kos), who has not lost in his last 13 fights to put himself in this position. At this point, for Inoue, he is fighting somebody he should beat, but of course, in boxing, you can’t overlook anyone.
Ranking Naoya Inoue
Inoue is widely regarded throughout the boxing world as a pound-for-pound regular. In most lists, he is top five in the current ESPN list; he is number three. Dasmarinas, for his part, doesn’t appear in the Rings’ Top 10 bantamweight rankings but has received this opportunity again for having not lost in his last 13 fights. He has come up short twice in previous attempts for the IBO title before finally breaking through in 2017. The challenger here is Dasmarinas, who will bring power and a southpaw style to the one they call the “Monster.”
Breaking down his skillset
Will the challenger be able to bring any trouble to the champ? This is a big ask of most fighters, let alone a relatively unknown fighter. In workout videos, you can see that the opponent possesses the skill and can cause some issues if he stays on his game plan and could cause Naoya Inoue some problems. The champ, on the other hand, brings it all, specifically power shots and great bodywork. As you can see from his record, he’s been in championship fights since his fourth professional fight and has knocked out all but three of his opponents. Experience is also on his side. It is a big test for Dasmarinas, and I’m sure he will give it his all, but he may not be enough against a fighter like Inoue.
This will be a violent fight. My selection here: Naoya Inoue by a fifth-round knockout. I think Dasmarinas will come forward and try to bring the fight, but it feeds to the plan of the “Monster.” He’ll begin to break the body down and then set something up to the head and will land an overhand right to stop the fight cold. A win for Naoya Inoue could set the stage for a rematch of his great fight with Current WBC Bantamweight Champion Nonito Donaire. Do yourselves a favor and watch their first fight and get excited for the possibility of a second one.