Report- Moloney Twins Back On MIkaela Mayer Undercard
Australian twin brother, smaller weight fighters Jason and Andrew Moloney are both looking to get back into world title contention and a Friday report they both will be back to work on the Undercard of the title defense of ladies Jr. Lightweight champ Mikaela Mayer in California next Saturday night.
Ring Magazine’s Anson Wainwright had more on the Moloney’s fighting in separate undercard bouts April 9th on the ESPN/Top Rank Boxing show in Costa Mesa, CA.
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From Wainwright’s report,
The Moloney’s manager, Tony Tolj, has confirmed that Jason, who is rated No. 5 by The Ring at 118 pounds, will face tough Mexican club-fighter Francisco Pedroza in a scheduled 10-round fight. Andrew, who is rated No. 10 at 115 pounds, will battle Gilberto Mendoza in an eight-rounder.
Jason (22-2, 18 knockouts) is a two-time world title challenger. He came up short against then IBF titlist Emanuel Rodriguez (SD 12), but was well beaten by Japanese pound-for-pound star Naoya Inoue (KO 7) in a Ring, WBA and IBF title bout. He bounced back last summer by widely outpointing Joshua Greer (UD 10), and the 31-year-old is hoping for another title shot later this year. First, he has to get past Pedroza (17-10-2, 10 KOs).
Andrew Moloney (22-2, 14 KOs) came up short in a three-fight series with Joshua Franco (UD 12, ND 2 and UD 12). However, he was extremely unlucky not to have upset Franco in the second fight. He got back to winning ways late last year by outpointing Froilan Saludar (UD 12). The Australian will look to build on that momentum against Mendoza (19-11-3, 10 KOs).
As Wainwright mentioned, both Aussie fighters rebounded and are looking to ascend in the Super Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions and each will be favored to do so against an opponent that has lost at least 10 times already.
Mayer will headline for the second time in her career for Top Rank in her home area. She broke new ground for the promotion, and for women in the sport, with a decisive win over Helen Joseph to cap off the first female main event in Top Rank’s revamped boxing series on ESPN. Mayer later unified her WBO 130-pound title with longtime IBF champion Maiva Hamadouche winning by decision last November.
Now, she will put her 16-0, 5 KOs record on the line against former world title challenger Jennifer Han.
Back to the Moloney’s, The Ring also reported that if they are both victorious they will likely fill-in on the high- profile undercard of the massive Australian showcase later this Summer between Undisputed Lightweight champ George Kambosos and American Devin Haney.
That bout was confirmed Thursday for Melbourne’s 50,000+ seat Marvel Stadium on June 4th in Kambosos’ homecoming after his upset of Teofimo Lopez last November to get all the belts.