Inoue's fan base to rally in US debut says Arum

Ponciano "John" Melo Jr. with Bob Arum
By Ponciano "John" Melo Jr. 


LAS VEGAS, Nevada --- Inking a title fight with the World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero and World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight titleholder Naoya Inoue is already making a blast in ticket sales ahead of their April 25th bout at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

"Tickets are unbelievably flying out," Top Rank legendary promoter Bob Arum said in an exclusive interview.

"We have some fan base. There are 2,000 people they say are coming from Japan," he added referring to the support for the Japanese superstar Inoue.

The unbeaten boxer hailed as the 'monster' previously overcame his Filipino idol Nonito 'Flash' Donaire via unanimous decision to pile up his wins to 19 including 16 knockouts and was later named as the Fight of the Year 2019 by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).

Fresh from his biggest victory so far, Inoue signed a multi-year deal with Top Rank to be his co-promoter and eventually have his first bout in the US soil.

"We made big effort to make him signed and we make it happen. I'm really proud to be his co-promoter," he added.

On the other hand, Casimero, who was not an expected US-debuting opponent for Inoue stole the interest after stopping Zolani Tete in the third round.

Manny Pacquaio (MP) Promotions' prized fighter then registered his 20th knockout in 29 wins with four defeats but ultimately the WBO belt from Tete to become a three-division world champion.

Days after the victory, Casimero's side started to convince Inoue for a fight. Gaining much interest, both camps agreed to make it happen.

"He is a great fighter. He can win that fight. This is a really, really great bantamweight fight," Manny Pacquiao's former long-time promoter Arum told of Casimero.

Topics: arum , inoue , boxing
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