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Naoya Inoue vs Jason Moloney report
Who won Inoue vs Moloney?
Naoya Inoue beat Jason Moloney by technical knockout in the 7th round on Saturday 31st October 2020 at The Bubble, MGM Grand in Nevada.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 118 pounds (8.4 stone or 53.5 KG).
This contest was for the unified bantamweight championship of the world, with the WBA, IBF & The Ring belts on the line.
The undercard featured the clash of Brodnicka vs Mayer.
Inoue vs Moloney stats
Naoya Inoue stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 19 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 16 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Jason Moloney made his way to the ring with a record of 21 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 18 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Moloney had a slight advantage in power over Inoue, with a 86% knock out percentage over Inoue's 84%.
Naoya Inoue was the younger man by 3 years, at 29 years old.
Both Naoya Inoue & Jason Moloney fought out of an orthodox stance.
Inoue was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 3 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 1 year and 10 months earlier than Moloney, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 12 less professional rounds, 138 to Moloney's 150.
Jason Moloney was ranked number 2 by the WBA, 1 by the WBO and 4 by the IBF in the 118lb division.
Inoue vs Moloney form
Inoue remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Nonito Donaire on 7th November 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Bantamweight, IBF World Bantamweight and The Ring Bantamweight championship fight at Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
Previous to that, he had beat Emmanuel Rodriguez on 18th May 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their IBF World Bantamweight, WBA World Bantamweight and The Ring Bantamweight championship fight at The SSE Hydro, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had won against Juan Carlos Payano on 7th October 2018 by knockout in the 1st round in their WBA World Bantamweight championship fight at Arena, Kanagawa, Japan.
Before that, he had beat Jamie McDonnell on 25th May 2018 by technical knockout in the 1st round in their WBA World Bantamweight championship fight at Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo.
He had defeated Yoan Boyeaux on 30th December 2017 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their WBO World Junior Bantamweight championship fight at Bunka Gym, Kanagawa.
Jason Moloney had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Leonardo Baez on 25th June 2020 by technical knockout in the 7th round at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Dixon Flores on 15th November 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Margaret Court Arena, Victoria, Australia.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Goodluck Mrema on 15th June 2019 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Seagulls Rugby League Club, New South Wales.
Before that, he had beat Cris Paulino on 30th March 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Seagulls Rugby League Club, New South Wales.
He had been beaten by Emmanuel Rodriguez on 20th October 2018 by split decision in their IBF World Bantamweight championship fight at CFE Arena, Florida, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Jason Moloney had been fighting more than Naoya Inoue.
Going to this contest, Naoya Inoue had last fought 3 years, 4 months and 13 days ago, while Jason Moloney's last outing had been 2 years, 8 months and 23 days ago.
Inoue's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 2 months and 18 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.8 rounds on average.
Moloney's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 5 months, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 28 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.6 rounds on average.
What time did Inoue vs Moloney start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at The Bubble, MGM Grand, Nevada, United States, which was around 3:00 AM GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Inoue vs Moloney?
The ESPN+ show is expected to begin at 6:30 PM EST / 3:30 PM PST. The Fite.tv broadcast of the card is expected to start at 2:00 AM (GTM).
What were the odds on Inoue vs Moloney?
Naoya Inoue was a 2/25 (-1200) favourite going into the contest, while Jason Moloney made his way into the ring at 11/2 (+550) with oddsmakers.
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