Twin brothers Jason “The Smooth One” (16-0, 13KO’s) and Andrew “The Monster” Moloney (16-0, 10KO’s) will be featured together on the same billing for the fifteenth time this coming Saturday, May 19th, at Town Hall in Malvern, Australia.
Jason, who holds the World Boxing Association (WBA) Oceania Bantamweight Title, last fought “Prince” Immanuel Naidjala in February and became the first man to stop him inside the distance. This ticked up his knockout percentage to an impressive 81%, as “The Smooth One” is continuing to show his power alongside his technical abilities.
In Jasons upcoming fight he will be taking on two time ex WBA super flyweight champion Kohei Kono, who is a veteran of 45 bouts and has only ever been stopped inside the distance by Naoya Inoue.
Jason says he is not daunted by the step up in class, commenting “I have a lot of respect for Kono being a two time world champion, I see this as my opportunity to prove myself as one of the best Bantamweights in the world and I think an impressive win on Saturday night will do that.”
As for his upcoming fight against Kono he is not looking to measure himself against Inoue so much as blaze his own trail, “I’m just focused on my performance, following our game plan and making sure I win this fight. Kono is obviously a very tough and durable opponent but I do believe that if I fight to the best of my ability that I am capable of being the second man to stop Kohei Kono inside the distance.”
Andrew, who holds the World Boxing Association (WBA) Oceania Super Flyweight Title, last fought in February against Rene Daquel and went the full twelve round distance for the first time in his career, which made him very proud.
“I am very happy that I have now experienced boxing the full 12 round distance,” said Andrew, “It has given me great confidence in my conditioning as I didn’t tire at all during the fight. I learned a lot from the Dacquel fight and believe I have made some huge improvements from that fight during this training camp.”
Andrew will be taking on Richard Claveras, who holds solid power in his fists with an impressive 83% knockout rate. Andrew is not at all concerned about this power, however, as his preparations included fighters of similar style and punching ability to Claveras, also adding “I plan to box smart and not get caught with his wild punches. I have had great sparring against heavy punches so I am well prepared for what Claveras will bring.”
The Moloney brothers are managed by Tony Tolj of DragonFire Promotions and longtime Australian trainer Angelo Hyder. Both trainer and manager feel that the twins’ time is coming to rule the roost in their respective divisions.
“The sparring has been excellent, top level, while pushing the boys to keep climbing and improving,” said Hyder, “Every single training session is a credit to their desire to be the best they can.”
The sole focus and goal of the team is to work from Regional Champion status to World Champion status.
“Our sole goal is to get the World Title, the entire team is working 25 hours a day to make that happen,” said Tolj, “It’s just a question of when. The boys are improving by leaps and bounds every fight and we are going to show the world what they can do.”