By Anthony Cocks at ringside
Boxing twins Andrew and Jason Moloney chalked up near identical wins as the co-headliners of a card titled “The Ones” with both pint-sized powerhouses stopping their Filipino opponents with body shots in the 6th and 7th rounds respectively at the Melbourne Park Function Centre in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday night.
Fighting for the first time in front of a packed house for their new promoter Lyndon Hosking, both Moloneys kept their unbeaten records intact with Andrew moving to 10-0 (6) and Jason 10-0 (9).
2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist and WBA #14 Andrew “Lil’ Bull” Moloney took to the ring as the last fight of the night on the eight bout card against battle-tested veteran Jether Oliva 24-7-2 (11).
After a feeling out round Moloney began to take control in the second and by the third was bossing Oliva around the ring with a two-fisted attack that raked his body and stung his head. A double left hook to the head was the highlight of the fourth round and the fifth saw the visitor backpedalling to escape the heavy artillery. In the fifth Moloney seemingly couldn’t miss with his chopping right cross, landing the punch at will on the jaw of Oliva.
Midway through the sixth a Moloney bomb detonated on Oliva’s waistline and sent him reeling across the ring, obviously hurt. Although he didn’t go down, he turned away when Moloney came in to finish the job. Referee Jim Boland instructed Oliva to fight on, but for a second time he turned his back to his opponent in the neutral corner and referee Boland had no choice but to halt proceedings, awarding Moloney the win by TKO6.
With the victory Moloney retained his WBA Oceania bantamweight title. Two-time world title challenger Oliva lost for the seventh time in his 33 fight professional career, only his second loss by stoppage.
A brief cruiserweight bout scheduled for four rounds separated the twin’s fights, if only to give their trainer Brian Butler a brief break between the two boys’ fights. Southpaw cruiserweight Kyle Webb 2-0 (2) made short work of Ivan Kolar 1-4 (1), stopping him with a body shot in the second.
Jason Moloney had a slightly easier night than his brother against game but outgunned Gerpaul Valero 21-18-4 (15) of the Philippines in defense of his WBA Oceania super bantamweight belt. The larger of the Moloney twins also looked bigger than his opponent and he made his size count from the opening bell. Moloney showed off his full kit of punches, but it was his two-fisted body attack that caught Valero’s attention. By the third round he was maneuvering his smaller opponent around the ring with ease, walking Valero down and setting him up for power shots to the body and head.
The only scare for Jason came in the third round when both fighters launched simultaneous left hooks that landed on their opponent’s jaw. Moloney clearly felt the punch but recovered well to dominate the rest of the round.
As the rounds progressed Moloney kept piling on the pressure. Valero impressed with his ability to withstand punishment but it was only a matter of time before he started to wilt. In the fifth Valero was deducted a point but it was purely academic. A textbook left rip in the seventh finished Valero and he was counted out by KO at the 2:35 mark.
On the undercard junior welterweight debutantes Adam Koullas and Corey Pyle fought a fast-paced four rounder with the Christian Ennor trained Koullas doing just a little bit more in most rounds to run away with the win by scores of 39-37, 40-37 and 40-36.
Bantamweight Cherneka “Sugar” Johnson 4-0 (2) was simply too classy for Thailand’s Ratsadaporn Khiaosopa 0-6 stopping her at 1:55 of the first.
In a battle of southpaws junior welterweight Ismail Kerra 1-1 put a four round beating on Markus Familari 1-2, dropping him three times to win a wide decision.
Sylvia Scharper 6-1-1 (1) pitched a six round shutout against Thai Vatinee Saranbusus 0-3 at super bantamweight.
Opening the card junior welterweight River Daz 2-0 dropped Ryan Robertson 0-2 in the third round, winning by wide unanimous decision over four.
The show was Lynden Hosking’s second promotion in Melbourne after starting his promotional career with shows in country towns Bendigo and Warrnambool. Judging by the strong crowd turnout, we can expect to see more top class cards from this novice promoter.