23/04/2024

Jason Moloney is blazing a path that leads to the WBC Bantamweight title. (Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Boxing)

Australia's Jason Moloney is eager for a shot at the WBC Bantamweight title held by Filipino legend, Nonito Donaire. First, he, must win a title eliminator against Thailand's Nawaphon Kaikahna.

Australian Jason ‘Mayhem’ Moloney (22-2, 18 KOs) is eager to secure his shot at WBC champion Nonito Donaire (42-6, 28 KOs), as he looks to hammer down a final eliminator for the green and gold strap.

Moloney defeated American Joshua Greer Jr. (22-3-2, 12 KOs) in the middle of 2021 to pick up the WBC Silver title, putting him in line for a shot at the champion Donaire.

The 30-year-old discussed what a potential clash with the legendary Filipino champion means to him.

“I want to get a final eliminator for Donaire,” he said.

“I’ve worked really hard to come back an improved fighter from the Naoya Inoue (22-0, 19 KOs) fight and I believe I now have the skill set to push everybody in the bantamweight division. I think I showed that in the Greer fight. 

Jason Moloney poses with the WBC silver title after his defeat of Joshua Greer Jr. (Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Boxing)

“I want the WBC title, that’s the dream. So if that means fighting Nonito Donaire then so be it. It’ll be a great fight against a great champion.

“Firstly I have to get past whoever they put in front of me in an eliminator and that looks to be a 51-1 fighter from Thailand, so that’s my objective as of now, but fighting Donaire was on my Christmas [wishlist] last year!”

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From a ranking standpoint, Thailand’s Nawaphon Kaikanha (51-1-1, 41 KOs) sits at number one in the WBC ratings at Bantamweight.

Moloney opened up about a potential clash with the impressive Thai. 

“Kaikanha is a quality fighter, you don’t get to WBC number 1 if you’re not, but if I can’t get Donaire now, that’s the fight I really want so my team can put me in a position to fight Donaire,” he told.

“I can’t look past Kaikanha however, he’s a quality fighter and I wouldn’t want to fight anyone who wasn’t quality to be made mandatory for the world title.”

Moloney’s manager Tony Tolj confirmed to The Inner Sanctum that the WBC have ordered the bout, and that discussions between American promotion, Top Rank and Kaikahna’s team are under way. The date and location for the contest is yet to be determined, though.

“My team, Dragon Fire Boxing led by the baron, Tony Tolj, and Top Rank are looking to make that fight this year,” Moloney concluded.

“Whether it’s in Australia or America I’m easy, I’ll travel anywhere to fight as I’ve shown before, and I will go wherever it takes to become world champion.”

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