Arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world will defend his three straps in Las Vegas on June 19. Naoya Inoue (20-0 with 17 knockouts) isn’t a household name because it’s hard for lighter boxers to break through into the mainstream, but boxing aficionados know his name well. Inoue will take on Michael Dasmarinas (30-2-1 with 20 knockouts) in this title fight, and the unheralded Dasmarinas knows he can make a name for himself if he pulls off the upset. ESPN is the home for this Top Rank fight, and it will also be available on ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. The main card is set to start at 10 p.m. ET.
When: Saturday, June 19, 2021
Where: Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas, Nevada
Why: WBA, IBF, and The Ring bantamweight belts
Naoya Inoue vs Michael Dasmarinas Betting Odds
Naoya Inoue -2001
Michael Dasmarinas +874
Inoue is a massive favorite per the boxing betting odds as the best bantamweight in the world. If you are new to betting on boxing, you would need to wager $2001 to win $100 on the champion. A $100 wager on Dasmarinas would pay off nicely if he were to win with an $874 profit in store.
As the fight nears, there will be decision betting too. You will be able to bet on whether the fight is decided by KO, TKO, or decision, and you can bet on which boxer will win the fight in that fashion as well.
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With knockouts in 85% of his fights, Naoya Inoue has earned the nickname, “The Monster”. Inoue turned pro in October 2012, and he won the Japanese light flyweight title before the end of his first year in competitive boxing. Inoue beat Ryoichi Taguchi so convincingly in a unanimous decision that he was able to earn a major title shot in just his sixth fight.
Any concerns that he was thrown into the frying pan, were quickly proven to be laughable. Inoue dominated Adrian Hernandez and won the WBC light flyweight title by sixth round TKO. He defended that belt one time before moving up a division and earned the WBO junior bantamweight belt with a second round TKO of Warlito Parrenas.
Inoue successfully defended that title six times before moving up another weight class. He faced Jamie McDonnell for the WBA bantamweight belt in the World Boxing Super Series, and he won the title with a first-round TKO. Inoue defended that title with a first-round TKO of Juan Carlos Payano five months later, and he won the World Boxing Super Series and laid claim to the IBF and The Ring bantamweight titles with a second-round TKO of Emmanuel Rodriguez.
He failed to knock out Nonito Donaire, but he defended his belts with a unanimous decision win in November 2019. His last fight was on Halloween last year, where Inoue picked up a seventh-round knockout of Jason Moloney.
Michael Dasmarinas began his career in January 2012. It took a while before he received a title shot because he was knocked out in his fourth fight, but he finally earned that opportunity in December 2014. Dasmarinas faced Lwandile Sityatha for the IBO super flyweight title, and he lost by split decision.
After that defeat, he put together a string of consecutive victories. He beat the undefeated Jhaleel Payao to win the WBC Youth super flyweight title, and he defended that title successfully one time.
Dasmarinas’ only win against a quality opponent since that point came against 26-3 Karim Guerfi. He knocked out Guerfi to win the IBO bantamweight belt in April 2018. That set up a showdown with 17-0 Manyo Plange, but that fight ended up in a majority draw. His two most recent opponents weren’t anything special, and Dasmarinas hasn’t fought in 20 months.
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