Naoya Inoue Faces Emmanuel Rodriguez
WBSS Semi-Final Spectacular Heads to Glasgow, May 18th!
(February 13th) Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue faces Emmanuel Rodriguez on May 18 for the Puerto Rican’s IBF strap in their 118lb Ali Trophy semi-final.
The SSE Hydro will be rocking as the IBF bantamweight title bout takes place the same night as Scotland’s Josh Taylor takes on Belarus’ IBF World champion Ivan Baranchyk in a semi-final of the 118lb division of the World Boxing Super Series.
‘Monster’ Inoue (17-0, 15KOs) advanced to the semi-final on October 10 in Yokohama, Japan making a mind-blowing statement when he knocked out former champ, Juan Carlos Payano from the Dominican Republic, with an electrifying jab-cross only 70 seconds into the first round.
On October 20 in Orlando, USA Puerto Rico’s Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12KOs) retained the IBF title with a twelve round split decision over previously undefeated Jason Moloney from Australia. The scores were 115-113 for Moloney and two times 115-113 for Rodriguez after a high-intensive back-and-forth battle.
Both Inoue and Rodriguez have credible reasons for entering the semi-final stage with poise and self-assurance.
“My destiny is to win the prestigious Ali Trophy and prove I am the best bantamweight in the world,” said Inoue. “I cannot wait to box in the United Kingdom in front of their loud fans and I will show them a ‘Monster’ performance!”
“I have been waiting for this moment my entire life,” said Rodriguez. “I always wanted to fight the best, and now I am fighting a boxer considered the best by the boxing reporters and fans. That’s great motivation for me, my team, and Puerto Rico, We got this.
“I am going to get the victory. Puerto Rico will shine in Scotland and I am confident of going all the way and take home the Ali Trophy.”
“This amazing match-up highlights the vision of the World Boxing Super Series,“ said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer.
“Two unbeaten World Champions, two sublime athletes, are putting everything on the line for a place in the final of the World Boxing Super Series where the Ali Trophy awaits the winner. It doesn’t get bigger than this.”
Tickets for the hotly-anticipated semi-finals on May 18 in Glasgow will soon go on sale. Fans are encouraged to sign-up for Ticket Alerts to receive an email reminder when tickets can be purchased.
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Moloney Backs Rodriguez to Beat Inoue!
(January 30th) Australia’s Jason Moloney talks about his WBSS experience, semi-final predictions and the desire to become a world champion.
On 20 October Moloney was denied the IBF World Bantamweight title by a split decision in the 118 lb Ali Trophy quarter-final against unbeaten Puerto Rican strongman Emmanuel Rodriguez in Orlando, Florida.
It was one the closest and most exciting fights so far of Season 2 of the World Boxing Super Series. It was a back-and-forth battle for 12 high-intensity rounds, a slugfest ending with the first professional defeat for the ambitious Aussie.
The scores were 115-113 for Moloney and two times 115-113 for Rodriguez. And the fight was righteously named a ‘FOTY’ contender by Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland.
Despite the defeat, Moloney more than displayed that ‘The Smooth One’ belongs on the big stage through a varied arsenal, admirable courage and not least … a lot of heart in the championship rounds.
How are you looking back at your experience in the World Boxing Super Series?
“I absolutely loved being involved in the WBSS. Obviously, we didn’t get the result we wanted which was devastating but to represent Australia in the biggest tournament in world boxing and to fight for a world title was very special and something I will never forget.
“To lose a split decision by just one round was heartbreaking but I believed I showed that I belong at the top of the division. I learned a lot from this fight, I’m even more hungry and I just can’t wait for another chance at a World Title.”
How do you predict Inoue vs Rodriguez and Donaire vs Tete?
“Both of these semi-finals are great fights which could really go either way. I’m leaning slightly towards Inoue and Donaire, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I was wrong with both. I really think Rodriguez has a good chance to beat Inoue if he fights the right fight and fights with confidence. I’m very interested to see how both of these fights play out.
What are your plans for the near future?
“My goal is to fight for a world title as soon as possible! As I said I learned a lot from my fight with Rodriguez and I really believe I have what it takes to become a World Champion. For the near future, I will continue to work hard a do whatever it takes to get another opportunity. “
You are determined to become World Champion, when and how do you want to see it happen?
“I would really love the opportunity to be the alternate for the semi-finals. As I said, I loved being involved in the WBSS and if there is a chance to get back in the mix then I would put my hand up straight away!”
“Fighting against the best fighters in the division and fighting for world titles is exactly what I want. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to have a World Title around my waist as soon as possible.”
Details, dates and venues for the sensational semi-finals of Season II of the World Boxing Super Series will soon be announced.
WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:
Nonito Donaire vs Zolani Tete
Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez
Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh
Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk
Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti
Tete & Tabiti
Forced to Work Hard to Advance to WBSS Semis!
(October 13th) Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KOs) and Andrew Tabiti (17-0, 13 KOs) both score unanimous decision wins after twelve tough rounds in Saturday’s Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals at the Ekaterinburg Expo, Ekaterinburg Russia.
“It was a good fight,” said Tete. “My jab and footwork were decisive.”
The South African defended his WBO Bantamweight World title, in the battle of the southpaws, by outpointing Russian Mikhail Aloyan.
The judges scored it 114-111, 114-111 and 114-110 after twelve competitive rounds all in favour of ‘Last Born’. However, Aloyan, a two-time world champion as an amateur but with only four professional fights, impressed his experienced opponent.
“Aloyan proved he is one of the best by going 12 rounds with me. He is a clever fighter who will become a world champion one day.”
In the semi-final, Tete will face the winner of Ryan Burnett vs Nonito Donaire which takes place on November 3rd in Glasgow.
“I wish Ryan Burnett will win, and I think he will. I always wanted to meet him.”
In the second quarter-final of the evening, a cruiserweight clash between American Andrew Tabiti and Russian Ruslan Fayfer (23-1, 16 KOs), the scores were 116-11, 115-112 and 114-113 all in favour of the ‘The Beast’.
After a cautious opening of the Ali Trophy quarter-final and IBF final eliminator, Tabiti was considerably better in mid rounds, and in the last two rounds where he troubled Fayfer.
Fayfer did play his part, especially in rounds eight to ten, when he bulldozed his way in to try and land a decisive blow, but in the end, he did not have enough in the tank to switch the fight to his side.
“The guy was really awkward, he wanted to make it dirty,” said Tabiti. “My game plan was to be relaxed at the beginning and then getting off towards the end of the fight.”
Tabiti will face the winner of next Saturday’s quarter-final in Orlando between Poland’s Mateusz Masternak and Cuba’s Yunier Dorticos.
“I think Dorticos will win next week,” concluded Tabiti.
Moloney: “My Time to Shine
I Will Put On A Spectacular Performance!”
(September 12th) Australia’s Jason Moloney promises a ‘very special’ performance in his Ali Trophy Quarter-Final against Emmanuel Rodriguez October 20 at the CFE Arena, Orlando, USA.
“I can’t wait to get over to Orlando,” said Moloney. “I really feel like this is my time to shine. I have been training so hard to achieve my dream of becoming World Champion and I will not let this opportunity slip.”
27-year-old Moloney (17-0, 14 KOs) had a prolific amateur career before joining the ranks of the professionals, including competing in the 2010 Commonwealth Games at only age 19. Since turning pro in 2014 Moloney has stayed unbeaten, and the ‘The Smooth One’ believes he can continue the winning streak and take the next step in his division.
The quarter-final ahead of him, a mandatory challenge against IBF World Bantamweight Champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (18-0, 12 KOs) from Puerto Rico, is the biggest test to date. A test Moloney feels comfortable in solving.
“I take great pride in being the first fighter to represent Australia in the World Boxing Super Series and I am 110% ready to bring this World Title back to Australia and advancing into the semifinals,” said Moloney.
“I’m not just in this tournament to make up the numbers, we truly believe that we have what it takes to go all the way.”
Fighting in the U.S. is nothing new to the Australian from Kingscliff, New South Wales, but this time the whole world will be watching.
“I fought over in the U.S. as an amateur but this will be my first time as a professional so I’m really looking forward to showing the U.S. and the worldwide audience exactly what I am capable of and putting on a spectacular performance.”
“Training has been fantastic, my team and I are very happy with how things are coming together. Rodriguez is a good fighter, but on October 20 I believe you are going to witness something very special!”
The second Ali Trophy bout of the huge night of boxing in Orlando, Florida is a cruiserweight clash between Cuban Yunier Dorticos and Poland’s Mateusz Masternak.
Phenomenal Ali Trophy Quarter -Finals
In Glascow, Scotland November 3rd!
(September 6th) Josh Taylor (Scotland) vs Ryan Martin (United States) and Ryan Burnett (Northern Ireland) vs Nonito Donaire (Philippines) will battle it out as they begin the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy on November 3 at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland.
Taylor, Martin, Burnett and Donaire are the marvelous ingredients when the World Boxing Super Series comes to Scotland’s biggest city.
One night, two main events, a spectacular doubleheader.
In an Ali Trophy Super-Lightweight Quarter-Final WBC Silver titlist and No 2 seed Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor faces Ryan ‘Blue Chip’ Martin.
“I cannot wait for November 3rd in Glasgow,” said Taylor. “I’m delighted to be boxing in Scotland in front of my home fans. On November 3rd, the Scots will get to see the World Boxing Super Series show come to town and I will put on a winning performance to keep them singing.”
“My team and I believe I can win the Muhammad Ali Trophy and both World Title belts and the first step on that journey is in Glasgow against Ryan Martin. I will be ready.”
In an Ali Trophy Bantamweight Quarter-Final No 1 seed Ryan Burnett and Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire face off for the WBA ‘Unified’ World Championship and the WBC Diamond Title.
“Donaire is a great fighter,” said Burnett. “I have always admired him, but now I must prepare to beat him. I am someone who wants to prove I am the best by beating the best. The WBSS has given me the opportunity to achieve that dream.”
Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland: “There are some big UK boxing nights in 2018 but this doubleheader has so much depth and quality. It’s what the WBSS is all about,” said Sauerland. “Following on in the UK from Groves vs Eubank Jr in Manchester it’s great to bring the biggest show in boxing to Scotland. In addition, we will have a massive UK undercard to complete the fireworks.”