Inoue's plus-13.2 plus-minus rating places him sixth among the CompuBox Categorical leaders, as does his 71.6 punches per round. His 24.9 total connects per round is fifth best among world-class fighters tracked by CompuBox but where he really excels is his jabbing. His 37.1 attempts per round in number one in the Categorical leaders while his 9.6 connects per round trails only Gennady Golovkin's 10.6. Nieves can match Inoue in activity, but not in accuracy & power.
Saturday’s HBO Boxing After Dark® tripleheader telecast begins at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Photos by Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos.
Opening up the telecast from Carson, California a 12-round super flyweight attraction between Carlos Cuadras and Juan Francisco Estrada.
The co-main event is a 12-round super flyweight title bout featuring Naoya Inoue defending his title against Antonio Nieves.
Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai will defend his title against former champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in the main event of the evening in a 12-round matchup.
The main event features the sport’s most anticipated rematch when Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (43-4-1, 39 KOs) defends his super flyweight title against Nicaragua’s Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout. The two 30-year-old ring warriors are set to wage war again just six months after their thrilling back-and-forth fight at Madison Square Garden, which resulted in the title changing hands and Gonzalez losing his undefeated record via a controversial majority decision. Sor Rungvisai used his unconventional southpaw style to capture his first world title and now hopes to defend it successfully in just his second U.S. fight, while former four-division champion Gonzalez seeks to avenge his first pro defeat in his sixth HBO appearance.
In the co-main event, Naoya Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) of Yokohama, Japan, defends his share of the super flyweight title against Cleveland’s Antonio Nieves (17-1-2, 9 KOs) in scheduled 12-round bout. Inoue, 24, makes his U.S. debut following a fast start to his pro career, having captured a world title in just his sixth professional fight and successfully defended his super flyweight title five times. Nieves, 30, is making his first bid for a world title and looks to disrupt Inoue’s campaign in the 115-pound division.
In the opening bout, former world champions from Mexico square off when Carlos Cuadras (36-1-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico City takes on Juan Francisco Estrada (35-2, 25 KOs) of Sonora in a scheduled 12-round super flyweight contest. Cuadras, 28, and Estrada, 27, have both lost to Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, and are seeking a shot at a piece of the super flyweight title.