Tomorrow we'll see Japanese star Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥] defending his IBF and WBA "super" titles at Bantamweight against Filipino challenger Michael Dasmarinas (30-2-1, 20). Today, ahead of their fight, the two men took part in their weigh in.
On the scales both men had no issues, with Dasmarinas stepping on the scales first. He came in at 117.4lbs, comfortably under the 118lb limit. Inoue then stepped on the scales and came in bang on the divisional limit.
Although he made weight, with room to spare, Dasmarinas did look somewhat gaunt in the face and as if making weight had taken something from him. It is worth noting that this is his first bout since October 2019, where he came in at 123lbs, and his first Bantamweight bout since March 2019, when he beat Kenny Demecillo in an IBF world title eliminator.
Whilst Dasmarinas didn't look comfortable on the scales Inoue did. He looked incredibly comfortable in fact and the work he and his team have been doing to make weight shows as he looked in genuinely incredible condition. Notably this was the 4th in 6 bouts where he has come in bang on 118lbs, and it's clear that he's at his best weight, at least for now.
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Tomorrow at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, we'll see a Golden Boy Promotions featuring the heavy handed Bektemir Melikuziev (7-0, 6) [Бектемир Мелиқўзиев] taking on former world title challenger Gabriel Rosado (25-13-1, 14) in a bout for the WBO International and WBA Continental Americas Super Middleweight titles.
Today, ahead of that bout, the two men took part in their weigh in and both men scaled the Super Middleweight limit of 168lbs dead on.
For Melikuziev the weight is one of the lightest of his career, with the Uzbekistani fighter usually fighting above the Super Middleweight limit, and it's only the third time he has weighed 168lbs or less. As for Rosado the weight is among his heaviest with the veteran having made his name at Light Middleweight and Middleweight, though his last two bouts have been around the Super Middleweight limit.
Despite being the naturally lighter man it is worth noting the Rosado is the taller, longer man and could end up being the heavier man in the ring tomorrow. Regardless he will certainly be the under-dog against the heavy handed "Bek Bully"
Earlier today the East Japan Boxing Association announced that three professional fighters had tested positive for Covid19, having had a positive result in a PCR test.
The fighters, as has been the case through the pandemic, haven't been named by the Japanese authorities due to privacy laws, though it is known that all three were male fighters in their 20's.
One of the fighters tested positive on May 29th, another on June 6th and the third on June 9th. From the three men two were asymptomatic and the third had a fever. At the moment all 3 are clear of symptoms and their isolation peroid has expired.
This coming weekend we see the much anticipated ring return of Japanese star Naoya Inoue (20-0, 17) [井上 尚弥], as he looks to defend his IBF and WBA "super" titles at Bantamweight, and takes on Filipino challenger Michael Dasmarinas (30-2-1, 20). The bout will be Inoue's first in front of fans in Las Vegas, and will be Dasmarinas' first in the US, and Dasmarinas's first bout at world level.
Unsurprisingly the "Monster" is a massive favourite here, so much so that he's a prohibitive favourite and almost unbackable to "win". In fact the best price available on Inoue is 1/16, a frankly horrific price in this sport. Dasmarinas on the other hand is best priced at 12/1, but is more widely available at 9/1 and 8/1. The draw is best priced at 33/1 but is widely available at 25/1.
As for the method of victory market, which will be a lot more interesting to Inoue backers, Inoue is 1/5 to win by stoppage and 6/1 to win by decision. Dasmarinas is available at 16/1 to win by stoppage and a massive 28/1 to win by decision.
The length of bout market here has been set at 4.5 rounds. The over is best priced at 5/6 whilst the under is best priced at evens. With that in mind it will no surprise at all to know the bout is not expected to go the distance, with odds of 2/17 on the bout ending early and a huge 6/1 on the fight going the distance.
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By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU,PHILIPPINES- Non-title bouts and up and comers will be showcased this Saturday June 19 in Cebu. April Jay Abne (5-0,2KO’s), will risk his unbeaten record against Royder Lloyd Borbon (6-9-1,6KO’s) in the featured bout. The 22 year old Abne made a splash two years ago when he ruled the flyweight category of the boxing tournament/reality show “Ultimate Boxing Series” promoted by Gerrypens Promotions.
Abne was at 115lbs while Borbon weighed 110.8lbs during Friday’s weigh-in.
The fights will be held at the Cosonsa compound in Mandaue City.
Also tipped to make waves is Zandro Librador, who will make his pro debut by facing Rexcar Auxilio. Librador stepped on the scales at 125.6lbs while Auxilio was at 126.4lbs.
Rounding up the matches are superfyweights Ian Abne vs Marvin Campo, flyweights John Paul Gabunillas vs Maurino Agum, superfeatherweights Rodex Piala vs Vicente Casido,superflyweights Yeroge Gura vs Steven Noblefranca and miniflyweights Arniel Cañete vs Christopher Caburog.
This card will be debut of ARQ Promotions.
Photo- the official weigh-in at the fight venue.
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