A ‘Monster’ has been sighted in America. Less than two weeks before his latest title defence, WBA Super and IBF 118lbs champion Naoya Inoue has arrived in Las Vegas ahead of his first appearance of 2020.

Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) left Japan on Sunday ahead of his title defence against Aussie Jason Moloney (21-1, 18 KOs) on Halloween, a fight that will be his debut for US promoters Top Rank.

Pound-for-pound star Inoue was last in action in November when he outscored Nonito Donaire in a pulsating WBSS Final and ‘Fight of the year’ contender.

The heavy-handed Japanese fighter was accompanied on the flight by his father/trainer Shingo and younger brother Takuma, a former WBC interim champion at bantamweight. 

“I’ve perfectly prepared for my defence against Australian challenger Jason Moloney at the MGM Grand on October 31. I will show my best performance there,” said Inoue, shortly after watching Teofimo Lopez dethrone Vasiliy Lomachenko in their lightweight battle in Las Vegas.

Takuma, Naoya and Shingo Inoue leave Japan.
Photo: Boxing Beat, Japan.

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