Japanese pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue will challenge Emmanuel Rodriguez for the IBF bantamweight title on May 18 in Glasgow, Scotland. The bout will take place on the same card as IBF junior welterweight title bout between Ivan Baranchyk and Josh Taylor.
Rodriguez, who is rated No. 3 by The Ring at 118 pounds, reached the semi-final stages of the WBSS by outpointing Jason Moloney on Oct. 20 in Orlando, Florida. Despite holding a world title, the talented Puerto Rican boxer-puncher will be a big underdog against Inoue who has been on devastating form.
“I have been waiting for this moment my entire life,” said Rodriguez (19-0, 12 knockouts). “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.”
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