One of boxing’s top pound-for-pound stars returns to the United States for the first time in over three years when Japan’s Naoya Inoue defends the IBF and WBA (super) bantamweight titles against former title challenger Jason Moloney from the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.
Inoue’s debut in the U.S. was a rousing success when he stopped Antonio Nieves in the sixth round in September 2017. Since then, the three-division world champion has blasted through his last five opponents, with four of those wins coming via knockout and all of them inside of three rounds. Last November, Inoue beat Nonito Donaire by unanimous decision in one of the best fights of 2019 to win the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight final. Many boxing fans have called Inoue the Japanese version of Mike Tyson because of his scintillating knockouts, combined with the fact that out of the 27-year-old’s 19 wins, 16 of them have been inside the distance.
Inoue hasn’t fought in the U.S. since 2017, and this will be his first main event here, as well as his first fight under the Top Rank banner. The 27-year-old “Monster” has built an international cult following over the years, and there’s a lot of excitement about his career moving to the States. Moloney is a solid challenger and it should be a good main event as far as entertainment goes.
Aside from Brodnicka-Mayer, the undercard has four more fights lined up, too, for a full night of action on ESPN+.
But standing in the way of Inoue’s return to the States is Moloney. In his lone world title shot, Moloney lost a narrow split decision to Emmanuel Rodriguez in October 2018. Moloney goes into the biggest fight of his career, having won four straight bouts, all by knockout. The Australian fought inside the “Bubble” in June, scoring a KO over Leonardo Baez.
Por otro lado, para América Latina la pelea se podrá ver por el Canal Space la cual comienza desde a las 23:00 de Argentina, Chile y Uruguay, a las 22:00 de Venezuela; a las 21:00 para Colombia y Perú; y a las 20:00 en México.
Conceicao (14-0, 7 KOs) turned pro under the Top Rank banner in 2016 after an amateur career that included the Olympic gold medal, more than 400 victories and two World Championship medals. He last fought in August in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and knocked out Eduardo Reis in the second round. Conceicao takes a giant step up in class against Coria (12-3, 7 KOs), a Robert Garcia-trained fighter who is coming off a razor-thin majority decision loss in June against Adam Lopez in one of the year’s best back-and-forth brawls.
Además del combate principal entre Naoya Inoue y Jason Moloney, por los Títulos Mundiales Gallo AMB Supermundial y FIB, se realizarán 6 combates más entre los que se destaca el choque entre Mikaela Mayer vs. Ewa Brodnicka por el Título Mundial Super Pluma OMB Vacante.