Andrew Moloney (21-0) 14kos, is Australia’s new boxing world champion. As a result of the Gonzalez v Yafai fight that happened on the 29th of last month, Gonzalez won the WBA (Super) Super-Flyweight World Championship. With this the World Boxing Association (WBA), promoted Andrew from the interim WBA Super-flyweight champion to the WBA (Regular) Super-Flyweight World Champion.
Andrew now joins Susie ‘Q’ Ramadan and Lauren Eagle, as the only current world boxing champions for Australian boxing. Susie is the IBA Super-Flyweight World champ and Lauren is the IBA Super-Featherweight World champ.
This week I had the opportunity to gain an interview with Andrew, asking him about his career and future goals.
A massive thanks to Andrew for his time and the interview.
Here is the link to his career https://boxrec.com/en/proboxer/698248
Q1. Who is older, you or Jason?
Jason is one minute older than I am.
Q2. What got you interested in boxing?
Santa Claus thought it was be a good idea to give a couple of very competitive twins a pair of boxing gloves each one Christmas. So we used to put them on and go at it in the living room growing up. When we where 13 years old Jason had the idea that we should go down to the local boxing gym for extra fitness to help with our Aussie rules football. We went down to the gym and fell in love with the sport of boxing.
Q3. As your undefeated at the moment, what’s is your most significant win?
I would have to say winning the WBA interim World Title was my biggest win, as Yafai was originally planning to unify the title, therefore the regular title was going to become vacant. We knew this before the fight so in my head I was fighting for my life long dream of becoming World Champion. I have now been upgraded to WBA ‘regular’ World Champion.
Q4. Did you and your brother ever play tricks on people (parents, teachers, mates) into thinking you were the other brother?
Yes, we played a few tricks on people growing up, but probably never took advantage of it enough when we where younger. Most people can tell us apart these days so it’s a bit late now.
Q5. How do you feel now that your a World champion, after the WBA elevated you to Regular champ status and what’s your feeling on Khalid Yafai dodging your challenge?
I achieved a dream which I had been chasing for over 16 years, so it’s extremely satisfying. I had been focusing on fighting Yafai for so long and I was so confident that I would beat him, so it is disappointing that the fight never ended up happening, but he doesn’t have a title anymore so we will move on.
Q6. What’s your favourite, food, book and movie?
Food: pizza / ice cream (can’t pick one)
Book: I don’t read enough, can’t think of a favourite.
Movie: Dumb and Dumber.
Q7. What’s your favourite recreation outside of boxing?
I really don’t do much outside of boxing, it is my life. When I’m not training, I try to spend as much time as I can with my son, my wife, family and friends.
Q8. Who is your dream match in the Super-flyweight division?
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, as he is the biggest name in the division and a former P4P king.
Q9. IBF champ Jerwin Ancajas has long been stated to want a bout with you, now that your world champion, is there any chance of a unification fight?
Yes for sure. The only reason we haven’t fought is because I was already mandatory for the WBA title. Now that I have that belt I’d love to unify against Ancajas.
Q10. Will your next fight be in Australia?
No I don’t believe so. Now I’m signed with Top Rank, most of my fights will be in America. I was scheduled to headline a show in Oklahoma on April 17, but that has now been postponed due to the Corona virus. Hopefully the fight we be reschedule as soon as possible.
Q11. Can I get a prediction for Horn v Tszyu fight , knockout, points?
It’s a tough one to call but at this stage I would pick Horn to win on points. Tim is improving with every fight but right now I think Jeff is too experienced and too strong for him at this stage.
Q12. Who is your Mount Rushmore? (The four most influential boxers in Australian history)
I feel bad leaving out so many amazing fighters, I couldn’t take it down to four so hear is my favourite 5:
Q13. Being from Melbourne, do you have a favourite AFL team or even NRL team??
Growing up in Melbourne I don’t really follow NRL but in AFL I follow Carlton, it’s been a rough few years, Haha. (Just a footnote here, the Carlton Blues haven’t win a premiership flag since 1995)
I’ll keep the readers up to date of Andrew’s next fight along with his brother Jason’s.