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Emmanuel Rodriguez Edges Jason Moloney, Faces Inoue Next

CFE Arena, Florida - In the quarter-finals of the World Boxing Super Series tournament, Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12 KOs) retained the IBF bantamweight title with a twelve round split decision over previously undefeated Jason Moloney (17-1, 14 KOs). The scores were 115-113 for Moloney, 115-113 for Rodriguez and 115-113 for Rodriguez.

Rodriguez will now have to face WBA "regular" bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue in the semi-finals. Inoue demolished Juan Carlos Payano in the first round of his bout to advance in the WBSS.

Rodriguez captured the vacant IBF title back in May, when he won a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision over former world champion Paul Butler.

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Rodriguez was landing the more accurate and harder punches in the first two rounds. Moloney was taking the punches well to the head and body, and was coming forward despite the connected hits.

Moloney was working his way back into the fight in the third, with Rodriguez still holding the edge and outlanding the challenger. Rodriguez was still more accurate in the fourth and seemed to stun Moloney with a hard right hand.

Rodriguez was putting his punches together much better in the fifth, with very hard connects to the body. Rodriguez was also using a solid jab that was setting up other combinations.

Moloney was picking up the pace in the sixth, taking the fight to Rodriguez. The contest was becoming very competitive in the seventh, as Moloney continued to take a few shots to land a few shots.

After Rodriguez controlled the eight, Moloney came out swinging and landing solid punches to the body in the ninth to gain a small edge. Moloney continued to push the pace in the tenth, not allowing Rodriguez to get a breather and making things very difficult for the champion - as Moloney was outpunching him against the ropes.

It was a war of wills in the eleventh, with both having moments as they traded at close range. They went to war in the twelfth and final round, as Moloney was trying to do everything to pour on the punches and a tired Rodriguez was doing whatever he could to fight him off and reach the final bell.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Aracibo04 on 10-22-2018

Rodriguez was overconfident and it showed all through the first half of the fight. He thought he could get a KO but he was proven wrong. He better not take the Inoue lightly.

Comment by angkag on 10-21-2018

[QUOTE=cotto#1p4p;19211365]Horrible judging! Maloney didn't win more than 4 rounds. Rodriguez needs to work on his conditioning. He gassed after the 8th round.[/QUOTE] Yeah that was bad. I was cheering on Maloney, and he did great, but as you say, no…

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 10-21-2018

[QUOTE=ThunderFists;19212065]Nery extraordinary? Nery has one of the most ugliest fighting styles i have ever seen. He literally is a smaller sloppier bummier less powerful version of wilder except he comes on overweight and eats that mexican meat. Just like wilder…

Comment by theyiddo on 10-21-2018

I had Moloney by at least 5 rounds, Rodriguez did not impress at all. Missed with too many, and got caught easily. His boxing up close was poor, and Moloney got his shots off a lot quicker. He was also…

Comment by ThunderFists on 10-21-2018

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;19211517]Nery is an extraordinary fighter. Tete, Burnett, Inoue, and old Donaire and Nery, all are very good fighters. Rodr√≠guez too. Moloney is a strong guy, with and akward style[/QUOTE] Nery extraordinary? Nery has one of the most ugliest fighting styles…

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