Naoya Inoue Returns To Las Vegas Against Michael Dasmarinas June 19

Naoya Inoue Promises Quick Work Of Michael Dasmarinas

Naoya Inoue with the WBA and IBF belts; Michael Dasmarinas poses for the camera.
Naoya Inoue (left) and Michael Dasmarinas

“Monster” Inoue Promises to Take Care of Business against Michael Dasmarinas!

Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17 KOs) left a big impression on American fight fans during his 7th round knockout over Jason Moloney on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas. It now looks like boxing fans in the states will get the opportunity to see him fight again.

Known worldwide as “Monster”, Inoue will make the next defense of the unified IBF/WBA ‘Super’ World Bantamweight titles in America. He will face IBF mandatory contender Michael Dasmarinas (30-2-1, 20 KOs) on June 19 in Las Vegas. While no specific arena has was finalized, fans will be allowed in a limited capacity. This is according to Inoue’s co-promoter, Bob Arum.

The CEO of Top Rank revealed the news during an interview with Ring Magazine. The original plan was for the champ to face Dasmarinas in his home country of Japan. However, Arum says Japan has adopted strict rules for foreign fighters because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has presented issues for staging world title fights there as a result.

“The problem in Japan is that if you’re a foreigner and you go in, you got to do 14 days quarantine. So, no fighter can go in and do 14 days quarantine and get ready for a fight.

Teiken Promotions’ Akihiko Honda is always complaining that the Japanese boys can’t fight outside fighters because of this rule. They have the same thing in Australia.”


Arum says that Inoue is happy for the opportunity to display his talents in Las Vegas once again. Speaking to Japanese media, the 27-year-old from Yokohama, Japan is excited to get back in the ring. He also promised a decisive victory.

“It’s been seven months since the last match, but I’m glad that the prospects are finally here. It will be an IBF nomination match, but I will finish it alertly. I will show you a hot match for the sake of it. Thank you for your support.”

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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