Naoya Inoue vs Michael Dasmarinas
June 19, 2021 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Michael Dasmarinas +900 / Naoya Inoue -3000
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Naoya Inoue and Michael Dasmarinas fight Saturday in a boxing match at the Virgin Hotels for the World Boxing Association Super World Bantam Title. Inoue enters this fight with a 20-0 record that includes 17 knockouts. Dasmarinas enters this fight with a 30-2-1 record that includes 20 knockouts.
This will be Inoue’s fourth fight since 2019, and he’s coming off an October win over Jason Moloney. Inoue won his last bout in a seventh round knockout, his ninth finish in his last 10 fights.
Inoue is a 28-year-old who stands at 5’5”, has a 67-inch reach and an orthodox stance. Inoue is a pressure fighter with good length, quick hands and knockout power in either hand. He is the type of fighter who can drop his opponent with one punch and he mixes in speedy combinations.
Inoue is also one of the few young boxers who already has an impressive resume with multiple notable names. He has all the tools to be a star in this sport and given his age, a case can be made he’s the best pound for pound boxer in Japan. Inoue is known as Monster for a reason. This will be Inoue’s second career fight Nevada.
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Dasmarinas has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a October (2019) win over Artid Bamrungauea. He’s coming off a fifth round knockout, but he hasn’t fought in about a year and a half.
Dasmarinas is a southpaw from the Philippines who stands at 5’7” and has 179 rounds under his belt. Hot and Spicy has legit knockout power and loves to throw these powerful hooks to finish the job. Dasmarinas has decent footwork and respectable hand speed and he’s finished four of his last five victories.
The talent is there and Dasmarinas has done enough to deserve a shot here. However, Dasmarinas does have a questionable at best resume, as you’d argue Lwandile Sityatha or Manyo Plange are his best competition. This will easily be the biggest test for Dasmarinas. This will be Dasmarinas’ first career fight in the United States.
Dasmarinas has the power to pull off an upset, but that only provides a true punchers chance. The truth is we haven’t seen Dasmarinas against respectable competition, so it’s hard to judge his true skill set. Inoue is far and away the more proven fighter, has a killer instinct and his hand speed will likely be the difference here. Dasmarinas has never seen anywhere close to the talent of Inoue or somebody who will pressure him like he’ll face Saturday.
Give me Inoue and I’ll predict a knockout to shave down the ML price.