One of the most fearsome punchers in all of boxing will be unleashed at Halloween, when Naoya "The Monster" Inoue defends his WBA and IBF world bantamweight titles against Jason "Mayhem" Moloney at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) comes into Saturday's bout second on Ring's pound-for-pound rankings, trailing only Canelo Alvarez. This is his second pro fight in the United States and first under the Top Rank banner, with the promotional outfit hoping the 27-year-old can blossom into an international star.
In order to do that, he'll have to get past Moloney (21-1, 18 KOs), a 29-year-old Australian who has four consecutive wins by stoppage and is ranked sixth in Ring's bantamweight ratings.
Here's what you need to know to watch the fight.
When: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET (undercard start time)
Where: MGM Grand in Las Vegas
Live stream: ESPN+
Odds: Inoue -1115 (bet $1,115 to win $100), Moloney +550 (bet $100 to win $550) (via Draftkings Sportsbook)
Inoue is not in one of boxing's glamour divisions, but if he were, he might already be a household name.
The Japanese champion combines technical mastery with awe-inspiring power, and his body punching is some of the best in the prizefighting business.
Here's how Yahoo Sports's Kevin Iole describes him: "He doesn't just finish opponents, he pulverizes them and in many cases, knocks them senseless. He's got the same kind of power in his fists pound-for-pound that Mike Tyson had as a heavyweight."
Inoue might also be one of the most resilient fighters in the sport. Last time out, he emerged bloodied, battered but ultimately victorious in a hellish decision win over Nonito Donaire in the World Boxing Super Series final.
Inoue suffered fractures to his nose and orbital bone early on in the bout in November 2019, but he pushed through the pain to get the win.
Put it all together, and it's easy to see why he is such an overwhelming favorite against Moloney. Inoue's had nearly a full year to recover from the Donaire clash, so fans can expect his best on Saturday night.
"I've prepared perfectly for this title defense against Jason Moloney," Inoue told BoxingScene.com's Jake Donovan via a translated text. "I am excited to fight in Las Vegas for the first time and to give my best performance in the ring."
Moloney is going to have to put in the shift of his life if he's going to beat a razor-sharp Inoue.
The well-regarded challenger is no slouch in the power department with an 81.8 percent career knockout rate, per BoxRec. His lone loss came in October 2018, a split-decision defeat to Emmanuel Rodriguez. He is a massive underdog against Inoue, but he can see a path to victory against the undefeated champion.
"Inoue is an exceptional fighter with great speed and knockout power," Moloney said, per Ring's Anson Wainwright. "But all fighters have a weakness, and no fighter is unbeatable.
"I think Inoue is reckless at times and he is there to be hit. Obviously you have to be good enough to capitalize on these opportunities but I believe that I can do it."
Donaire certainly proved Inoue is hittable, but even the broken bones weren't enough for the Filipino Flash to get the upset. Moloney is going to have to come up with something truly remarkable in order to win.