17/04/2024

Andrew Moloney has his eyes set on another world title shot (Photo: Andrew Moloney/Facebook)

Aussie boxing star Andrew Moloney (26-3, 1NC) is looking ahead at a future world title opportunity, possibly on the undercard of the Kambosos vs Lomachenko set to take place in May.

After a heartbreaking loss to Junto Nakatani, Moloney was quick to get back into the win column. Securing a decisive win over Judy Flores in December.

“It was a pretty devastating loss back in May [against Nakatani]” Moloney Told The Inner Sanctum.

“After a fight like that with such a big build-up, there was so much on the line that night, to fall short and lose the way I did, it was heartbreaking.

“For months that’s all you think about and I felt that the only way to get that out of my head was to move forward and to get back in the ring and progress forward into another shot at that world title so I can right that wrong.

“That’s what we did in December, got a good win against a rated opponent and it’s pushed me right back up the rankings and now even faster than I imagined.

“This Saturday night, I’ll move to number one in the rankings, sitting right on the doorstep of another world title shot.”

Moloney won the WBO Global title against Judy Flores to stay in the mix at Super Flyweight (Photo: Andrew Moloney/Facebook)

Tomorrow night, the WBO’s number one and two ranked fighters Kosei Tanaka (19-1, 11KO) and Christian Rangel (22-4-2, 9KO) will do battle for their vacant Super Flyweight title.

With Moloney Ranked number three in the world by the governing body, it sets the Aussie up perfectly to potentially fight the winner.

When asked, Moloney stated that he was keeping a close eye on the encounter while also saying that a fight with Rangel was supposed to take place in December.

“I’ve got a very close eye on this Saturday’s fight between Tanaka and Rangel” Moloney said.

“It’s funny because Christian Rangel agreed to fight me, our teams were in discussions and Rangel gave us his word that he was going to come out to Melbourne and fight me [in December].

“It was towards the end of negotiations where he said that they were not going to take the fight anymore and they wanted to hold their position, at that stage he was [ranked] at number three.

“I thought he was crazy, I thought there was no way he was going to get a shot at the world title, but he was smarter than I am and he held his position and got pushed up to number two and now he’s fighting for the vacant world title which I was pretty shocked at to be honest.”

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In regards to his official prediction, Moloney said he was confident that Tanaka would get the job done.

“I think Kosei Tanaka will win, very easily” Moloney revealed.

“It excites me because I believe Tanaka will become world champion and I will move to the number one contender’s spot.

“I’ve spoken to my team and Top Rank, we’re hoping he will be happy to fight again 11 weeks later to fight me on May 12 in Perth.

“I can’t wait for Saturday to get out the way so we can start those negotiations I hope we can make that happen.”

Japan’s Kosei Tanaka is one of the best Super Flyweights in the world with his only loss coming against Kazuto Ioka, who is looked at as a legend of Asian Boxing.

Although he has high respect for Tanaka, Moloney believes that he has the perfect style to trouble his potential foe.

“[Tanaka] has had a great career already at a young age” Moloney said, “he’s someone I’ve had my eye on for a lot of years now I believe his style really suits me.

“I believe I can do exactly what Kazuto Ioka did and outbox Tanaka, he’s there to be hit. I think Ioka showed the blueprint that night and I believe I could do the same thing to him.

“Tanaka is extremely fast, very athletic and he puts his punches together very well, but I think if you have the right boxing brain and you’re smart enough you can outbox him quite easily.

“I believe I can do that myself and I hope to get the opportunity to prove it.”      

Kosei Tanaka and Christian Rangel battle for the vacant WBO Title tomorrow (Photo: Kosei Tanaka/X)

On May 12, the highly anticipated fight between George Kambosos Jr and Vasyl Lomachenko will take place in Perth Australia. Moloney aims to be on the card along with his brother Jason, no matter who the opponent is.

“We’ve been waiting for this Saturday night for Tanaka to get his fight out the way so we can push forward and try and secure that fight” Moloney revealed.

“If we can’t get that fight I believe we can still get on the card, there have been talks of other options which are also quite exciting but my eyes are set on the Tanaka fight and I hope we can get him out to Australia.

“Jason [Moloney] is still in negotiations to fight on the card and if all goes we will both be fighting in Australia which will be great.”     

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