Who Could Naoya Inoue End Up Fighting For Top Rank?
While it may not be the fight he initially planned for, Naoya Inoue could end up facing a fresh fighter for his Top Rank debut.
According to The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger, Inoue is in advanced talks to face off against Jason Moloney. On the line could be the former’s WBA, IBF, and The Ring Bantamweight Titles.
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.
This is a much different affair compared to what was originally planned for Inoue. He was set to face John Riel Casimero on April 25 until COVID-19 postponed all plans for boxing. Top Rank’s Bob Arum would end up stating there may be trouble with purses when it comes to a fight between the two. Inoue may be interested in a pay cut but Arum is unsure about Casimero.
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 Casimero following the win.
Top Rank has not made an official announcement on a potential fight. As far as Casimero is concerned, he could end up facing Pedro Guevara or Rau’shee Warren if Moloney is preoccupied.