Jason and Andrew Moloney couldn’t envision their latest respective title runs any other way than alongside one another.
The Australian twins will each enter the ring for the 27th time, all but six of which have come on the same show. That trend continues with the two making separate appearances on the October 16 show (Saturday, October 15 for U.S. viewers) at Rod Laver Stadium in Melbourne. Jason Moloney will face Thailanda’s Nawaphon Kaikanha (56-1-1, 46KOs; b/k/a Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai) in a WBC title eliminator, while Andrew meets former title challenger Norbelto Jimenez in a ten-round battle.
“It’s always special to share these big occasions with Andrew,” Jason Moloney told BoxingScene.com. “We love training together, going through all of the preparations together and pushing each other every day.”
The pivotal bouts will mark their fourth straight shared event together, all coming within the past 14 months including two in a row on their home soil.
“I’m really excited that Jason and I get to fight on such a huge card here in Australia again,” Andrew Moloney told BoxingScene.com. “During covid there was a long time that our family and supporters in Australia couldn’t watch us fight live so it’s been great to have two fights back-to-back in Australia with both of us on the same card.”
The Moloneys turned pro in 2014, with each of their first two bouts taking place on separate events. Jason began two months earlier than Andrew, with the two catching up on a March 2015 card in Carlton for the first of fifteen straight times. The run ended when both pursued titles at separate weights. Jason fell just short in an October 2018 points loss to then-unbeaten IBF bantamweight titlist Emmanuel Rodriugez in his U.S. debut in Orlando, Florida, less than two months after Andrew scored a tenth-round stoppage of former titlist Luis Concepcion in Bendigo.
Andrew then became the mandatory challenger to the WBA junior bantamweight title following an eighth-round stoppage of Miguel Gonzalez in March 2019 on the road in San Francisco de Mostazal, Chile. Jason returned eight days later, rebounding from his first career defeat with a fifth-round stoppage of Cris Paulino in Tweed Heads, Australia.
The two reunited on two straight cards in their home country prior to the pandemic before appearing on separate U.S cards on back-to-back occasions once the sport resumed in 2020. Andrew saw his secondary WBA title reign come to a close in his U.S. debut, while Jason suffered a knockout loss to unified bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue in his October 2020 title bid.
Jason’s last three fights have been on the same card as his brother, while Andrew has enjoyed one more fight than his twin during that stretch after his trilogy with Joshua Franco. Their most recent shared stage came in separate undercard bouts in support to the Devin Haney-George Kambosos undisputed lightweight championship on June 5 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
Both delivered early knockout wins on what was billed as among the biggest shows in Australian boxing history. Haney—who soundly outpointed Kambosos in June—will defend his undisputed championship in a rematch atop a show where undercard wins by the Moloneys will put both back on the title track.
“I look forward to celebrating two big wins together on October 16 and both taking a big step towards becoming world champions,” insisted Jason Moloney.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox