Meet The Boxing Moloney Brothers – Australia’s popular boxing Moloney brothers are back in action this Saturday as both Jason and Andrew compete for regional titles. The pair headline Hosking Promotions event in Malvern, Australia as Jason Moloney (16-0) face Kohei Kono (33-11-1) and Andrew Moloney takes on Richard Claveras (18-3-2). The sports books have listed odds for the pair of fights already.
Jason and Andrew are twins though they now compete in different weight classes. Both have been brought along right by their team and both have expectations of stepping out on the international stage. The “Moloney Brothers” have gotten to be well known “Down Under” much like the Charlo Brothers in the United States, as the pair have been guided closely through the early part of their career. Now, Jermall and Jermell, the Charlo brothers have both gone on to world championships and they effectively seperated themselves to become stars. Both Jason and Andrew find themselves only a few fights away from international attention this Saturday.
Jason is taking on Japan’s Kohei Kono in defense of his WBA Oceania title at bantamweight. Kono is a bit of a legend in Japan as he capture a world title against highly regarded Koki Kameda back in October of 2015. Kono did that work at super flyweight, where he also faced “The Monster” Naoya Inoue. So in this fight Moloney is taking on a 37 year old former world champion who is moving up in weight.
Andrew is defending his WBA Oceania super flyweight title as he faces Richard Claveras of the Philippines. Claveras is an active fighter and thereforea known quantity. The Filipino already has a 2-1 record thusfar in 2017. The loss came in Tokyo as he lost a split decision to Keisuke Nakayama with a regional Flyweight title on the line. So once again, the opponent is moving up in weight.
The lower weight classes are hot right now, as the United States has featured the 115 pounders in a televised “Super Fly” series headlined by Sor Rungvisai’s vanquishing of #1 Pound for Pound fighter Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. With the added attention comes bigger paydays. At the end of the day, Saturday’s fight is in Malvern’s Town hall, an impressive, older venue but it isn’t the big lights of Las Vegas, or even Sydney. That is here the Moloney twins want to be some day and Saturday is expected to see them both continue the progression.
June 9th sees Australia’s WBO world welterweight champion Jeff Horn (18-0-1) in Las Vegas as he defends his title against undefeated American Terence Crawford (32-0). Horn pushed his way on to the world stage when he defeated Manny Pacquiao to grab the WBO world belt. Horn is a major underdog as he faces the all-world Crawford but Horn’s is the blueprint the Moloney brothers would like to emulate. Crawford is considered one of the top two or three best pound for pound boxers currently in operationso a win for Horn would send a major signal about the level of Australian boxing in general.
Sat 5/19 – Town Hall – Victoria, Australia –
Bantamweight 12 rounds –
Kohei Kono +425
Jason Moloney -550
Super Flyweight 10 rounds –
Richard Claveras +1500
Andrew Moloney -3000
Sat 6/9 – MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada
Welterweight 12 rounds –
Jeff Horn +900
Terence Crawford -1375
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