Naoya Inoue vs Bam Rodriguez matchup a ‘fantasy fight,’: Hearn

A Naoya Inoue vs Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez matchup could be a “fantasy fight” for ring fans, according to Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn.

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INOUE VS RODRIGUEZ MATCHUP A ‘FANTASY FIGHT’ FANS CAN LOOK FORWARD TO, SAYS HEARN

An Inoue vs Rodriguez matchup is a “fantasy fight” the fans can still look forward to, says Hearn.

The Matchroom Sport promoter made the statement after Rodriguez knocked out WBC super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada in the seventh round in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday.

Hearn compared the 24-year-old Rodriguez (20-0, 13 KOs) as a “full-fledged featherweight” after beating the 34-year-old Estrada (44-4, 28 KOs) with a body shot.

“Jesse vs Inoue is a fantasy fight. It’s an also an incredible fight,” Hearn told Matchroom Boxing.

“You’re talking about a guy (Rodriguez) who has come up from light flyweight. He’s currently at super flyweight, and he’ll definitely go to bantam,” he added.

However, Hearn is concerned that by the time Rodriguez moves up to super bantamweight (122 lbs), Inoue might have moved to featherweight (126 lbs).

BAM MUST HURDLE POSSIBLE ESTRADA REMATCH CLAUSE BEFORE FIGHTING INOUE

Hearn is aware that Bam must first hurdle a possible Estrada rematch clause before he fights Inoue.

“If Inoue stays at 122 for the next couple of years, Jesse will meet him there. Yeah, a fantasy fight for now, but what a fantasy fight it would be,” Hearn said.

“I’m sure he (Rodriguez) will go to super bantamweight in time, but they’ll probably end up missing each other, but who knows? he asked.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez also expressed his interest in facing the winner of the Kazuto Ioka vs Fernando Martinez fight on July 7.

The Ioka-Martinez matchup is a WBA and IBF unification fight, wherein Rodriguez wants to challenge the victor to collect all the titles.

RODRIGUEZ ‘DOMINATED’ ESTRADA EARLY INTO THEIR FIGHT, PROMOTER SAYS

Furthermore, Rodriguez “dominated” Estrada early into their latest fight despite the latter’s comeback in the sixth round, Hearn said.

“I felt Bam dominated the first part of the fight, but then Estrada came back with the knockdown (in round six) and then turned the fight on its head,” the promoter recalled on the fight.

“Estrada was in the fight, but then all of a sudden, the body shot was absolutely perfectly placed. He couldn’t get up, couldn’t breathe,” he added.

There are currently no big names ahead for Rodriguez in the 115-lbs and 118-lbs categories, which could signal the American boxer’s capability to move up.

Observers felt that an Inoue vs Rodriguez matchup could be big in Japan and the US now rather than the latter waiting for two to four more years to change weight categories.