Naoya Inoue vs. Michael Dasmarinas: Fight prediction, card, odds, start time, how to watch


One of boxing’s pound-for-pound most entertaining fighters returns to the ring on Saturday night when WBA and IBF bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue defends his belts against Michael Dasmarinas (10 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Inoue has finished nine of his 10 most recent opponents. The lone fight where Inoue’s power did not carry him to a knockout victory was his 2019 Fight of the Year with Nonito Donaire. The win over Donaire looks even better in 2021 after Donaire knocked out Nordine Oubaali in May to win the WBC bantamweight title.

Inoue followed up his decision win over Donaire — which also won Inoue the World Boxing Super Series tournament — by knocking out Jason Moloney in the seventh round.

When the fighters step into the ring at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Dasmarinas will be a heavy underdog despite having not lost since 2014. In that stretch, Dasmarinas has gone 12-0-1, only two of his victories coming by decision.

The simple reality is that Dasmarinas’ opponents in that stretch have not been anywhere near Inoue’s level. That matters little, however, since Dasmarinas decisioned Kenny Demecillo in a March 2019 IBF title eliminator, securing this opportunity.

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Elsewhere on the card, Mikaela Mayer is back when she defends her WBO super featherweight title for the first time against Erica Farias. Mayer, the former Olympian, has not fought since winning the belt in October 2020. Plus, former super bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe looks to continue his run back toward title contention when he faces off with Adam Lopez in a featured bout at featherweight for the NABF title.

Below you can have a look at the fight card set for Saturday, with odds provided via William Hill Sportsbook.

Inoue vs. Dasmarinas card, odds

Naoya Inoue (c) -2000

Michael Dasmarinas +1000

WBA, IBF bantamweight title

Mikaela Mayer (c) -2500

Erica Anabella Farias +1200

WBO women’s super featherweight title

Isaac Dogboe -135Adam Lopez +115Featherweight

Viewing information

  • Date: June 19 | Location: Virgin Hotels — Las Vegas
  • Start time: 10 p.m. ET | How to watch: ESPN | Stream: fuboTV (try for free)

Prediction

Dasmarinas’ record is impressive, especially over the past six years. You can’t overlook the level of opposition, however, and beating Demecillo to earn a title shot is a lot different than beating Inoue with the titles on the line. Inoue has brutal power and solid boxing technique to utilize it in the best way possible. Dasmarinas seems to be set up for a very bad night. Pick: Inoue via KO5





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