The thought of facing The Monster on Halloween is not at all of any concern to Jason Moloney.
In fact, it’s an assignment that was well within his sights for more than a year.
The 29-year old from Kingscliff, Australia enters his second attempt at bantamweight glory, chasing after one of the sport’s very best pound-for-pound entrants in Japan’s Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue. The two collide October 31, live on ESPN+ from The Bubble at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with Inoue’s WBA and IBF titles at stake.
“I’m very excited to be heading back to Las Vegas and fighting to achieve my dream and become the number one bantamweight in the world,” Moloney told BoxingScene.com upon boarding a plane from Sydney on his day-long trek to Las Vegas.
The bout will mark the second straight appearance in The Bubble, once again making the trip with twin brother Andrew Moloney. Their first venture together produced drastically different results two days apart this past June. Andrew (21-1, 14KOs) suffered his first career defeat, dropping a 12-round unanimous decision to Joshua Franco to end his secondary junior bantamweight title reign while also enduring two perforated eardrums in his stateside debut live on ESPN.
Jason Moloney (21-1, 18KOs) restored family honor two nights later, laying a beating on Leonardo Baez en route to a 7th round stoppage in his own ESPN headliner. The bout was his second in the U.S., having dropped a heartbreaking 12-round split decision to then-unbeaten bantamweight titlist Emmanuel Rodriguez in their October 2018 World Boxing Super Series quarterfinal clash in Orlando, Florida.
Four straight wins have followed for Jason Moloney, three in a row in his native Australia before taking his act back to the states. He now returns for the biggest challenge of his career, with Inoue (19-0, 16KOs)—who claimed top honors in the WBSS bantamweight tournament—universally hailed as one of the best pound-for-pound talents in the world today.
All it does is fuel the fire for the incoming challenger.
“I am 100% ready and confident that I’m about to achieve something very special,” insists Moloney.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox