Naoya Inoue vs. Jason Moloney Betting Odds and Picks

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Naoya Inoue vs. Jason Moloney Betting Odds and Picks
Naoya Inoue of Japan. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) will defend his unified International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight titles against Jason Moloney (21-1, 18 KOs). The fight will be the main event of ESPN’s Top Rank Boxing card in Las Vegas on Saturday. Here’s a complete preview, including updated boxing odds and our betting pick.

Naoya Inoue vs. Jason Moloney

Saturday, October 31, 2020 – 10:30 PM EDT at MGM Grand

Naoya Inoue

Naoya Inoue signed with Top Rank last November and was supposed to make his debut and have his second fight in the United States at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on April 25th in an ESPN main event. Nicknamed "The Monster," Inoue was scheduled to face John Riel Casimero in a three-belt title unification fight but the card was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inoue beat Nonito Donaire by unanimous decision in a modern-day classic to become the unified world bantamweight champion and win the World Boxing Super Series final in Saitama, Japan on November 7th, 2019. “Inoue makes exciting, great fights and Jason Moloney makes exciting, great fights,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti said. “If the two were ever to fight then you’d have an exciting fight, no question. Stylistically I think it’s great.”

  • Born: April 10th, 1993
  • Age: 27
  • Country: Japan
  • Division: Bantamweight
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Height: 5’5″
  • Reach: 67½″
  • Bouts: 19
  • Rounds: 107
  • Record: 19-0-0 (16 KOs)
  • 84.21 KO percentage

Jason Moloney

Jason Moloney had an impressive performance in his last fight, stopping Leonardo Baez in the seventh round at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on June 25th. Moloney failed in his only world title attempt by suffering a close split decision loss against then-IBF bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez in the quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series at CFE Arena in Orlando on October 20th, 2018. The 29-year-old has won his last four fights, all by knockout.

“I think Inoue is a great fighter and right now the No. 1 bantamweight in the world and probably pound-for-pound top 5,” Moloney told BoxingScene.com. “He is very explosive and has a lot of power, but I also see him as another man with two arms and two legs. I think every fighter has weaknesses and every fighter can be beaten. I believe that I have what it takes to beat Inoue and this is my big opportunity to prove it.”

  • Born: January 10th, 1991
  • Age: 29
  • Country: Australia
  • Division: Bantamweight
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Height: 5’5″
  • Reach: 65″
  • Bouts: 22
  • Rounds: 108
  • Record: 21-1 (18 KOs)
  • 81.82 KO percentage

Prediction

Inoue went to war with Donaire for 12 rounds almost a year ago and came out with the win, not before suffering a fractured orbital bone and a broken nose. Jason Moloney's body punches are his best chance of defeating Inoue and he's undervalued at the best sportsbooks, considering that he has just one loss and is on a four-fight winning streak. This is a big opportunity for Moloney but Inoue's pace and experience can be too much for him. It will be a close fight but Inoue can close it in the later rounds. I will take a chance and invest in the Over because of the price I'm getting.

My Pick: Over 6.5 rounds (+124) at Bookmaker (visit our Bookmaker Review)

Over 6.5 rounds(+124)
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