Australian Bantamweight contender, Jason Moloney, 21-1 (18 KOs), will have another opportunity to become a world champion when he competes against Japanese World Champion Noaya Inoue. The bout will be for Inoue’s WBA (Super), IBF and Ring Magazine World Bantamweight Titles.
The fight will be held on October 31, in the Bubble Arena in Las Vegas, as apart of the Top Rank Promotions Showcase.
This will be the second opportunity for Moloney at the IBF Bantamweight title, as his first was against Emmanuel Rodriguez in October of 2018, at the world boxing super series. Moloney came within a whisker of winning that fight and hopefully it’s second time lucky for the 29 year old Australian.
Speaking of luck, history has been very kind to Aussie boxing in the bantamweight division, especially against Japanese fighters. We are 2 for 2 and those victories kicked off two of the greatest careers in Australian boxing history.
In 1968, Australian fighter Lionel Rose travelled to Japan to fight then WBC/WBA and Ring Magazine champ Fighting Harada. Rose won the 15 round decision to become the first Aboriginal boxer to win a world title and pave the way for Australian boxing. After his historic victory, Rose was awarded the Australian of the year and after his retirement was inducted in the Australian boxing Hall of Fame. Still to this day he is declared one of the best of all time.
For your history lesson, check out my article on Australian’s best boxer in every division.
Almost twenty years later in 1985, in only his seventh pro bout, a young Jeff Fenech defeated then IBF champ Japan’s Satoshi Shingaki in Sydney Australia, to kick off the arguably the most successful career in Australian boxing and the Golden Age along with Lester Ellis and Barry Michael. Fenech would remain undefeated as a IBF Bantamweight Champ. Hopefully once again history can repeat itself and we can again he an Australian Bantamweight World Champion.
Although Moloney will be in for the fight of his life against Inoue. They don’t call him the monster for nothing. Inoue is a known hard body puncher and has a 16 knockouts for his undefeated 19 fight career, and has a lot more experience in world title fights.
But similar to Rose and Fenech the Australian can rise to the occasion despite the odds and bring the world titles back down under.
Here is my and Tstreet’s thoughts on the upcoming fight.