Update On A Potential Fight For Naoya Inoue, Rematch Under Top Rank Banner
It looks like the Moloney brothers will be back in action sooner than we think. One might have a date with a “Monster” if all goes according to plan.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum spoke with ABC Grandstand regarding a title fight between WBA and IBF Bantamweight Champion Naoya Inoue and Jason Moloney. Potentially joining Jason would be Andrew, who will look to regain the WBA Super-Flyweight Title against Joshua Franco.
“Jason Moloney and Inoue is signed, and (with) Andrew, we exercised the option for Franco’s people,” Arum stated, via AsianBoxing.info. We hope that both fights go in November. They’re terrific young men and very good fighters.”
Inoue (19-0) made his professional debut in 2012. In his fourth fight, he won the Japanese Light-Flyweight Title, eventually winning the WBC Light-Flyweight Title in 2014. He would then fight at bantamweight, winning the WBO Junior-Bantamweight and WBA Bantamweight Titles. “The Monster” became IBF and WBA Bantamweight Champion by winning the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Tournament finals.
Moloney (21-1) made his pro debut in 2014. The WBA Oceania Bantamweight Champion, Moloney fought in one of the first fights back for Top Rank in June. He ended up beating Leonardo Baez via retirement in seven rounds. Moloney was actually interested in facing off against John Riel Casimero, who Inoue was meant to face, following the win.
In the early stages of Top Rank’s return to action, Andrew Moloney (21-1) lost to Franco (17-1-2) via unanimous decision, giving up his WBA Super-Flyweight Championship in the process. Franco knocked down Moloney twice in the bout. CompuBox had Franco landing 231 shots out of 789 while Moloney only landed 191 out of 663. He had an 82-36 advantage in punches landed from rounds nine through 11.
It was later revealed that Moloney would be granted a rematch.
Arum is looking to take advantage of several college football games not taking place. This double-feature would be one of those cards. Stay tuned, as more information should be revealed within the next few weeks.