It was a case of double trouble at the Malvern Town Hall in Australia on Saturday night, as the Moloney twins maintained their unbeaten records in impressive fashion.
Both Andrew and Jason moved onto six wins apiece, and with the same distinctive fighting style, it was like watching carbon copies box, and I found myself describing the fights, and the twins themselves in plural.
The 25 year old Melbourne based brothers have a good defence, quick hands and go to the body as much as they target the head.
Both constantly move forward, they fight with high energy and generally try to control fights by pressuring opponents, so much so that in some ways they remind me of Jeff Fenech in his early days.
Whilst not wanting to put pressure on either fighter but with experienced trainer Brian Butler in tow, we may be seeing the start of a resurgence in Aussie boxing at the lighter weights.
The 25 year old former Commonwealth Games representatives, proved too strong on the night and won clear cut victories against what appeared to be good international opposition.
Andrew Moloney vs. Ryohei Takajashi (Japan)
In what has been described as fight of the year, Andrew Moloney stepped into the ring against Japanese visitor Ryohei Takajashi, and the pair proceeded to go to war.
With the WBA Oceania Bantamweight title on the line, Takajashi wasn’t here for a holiday and he proved to be a tough opponent for Moloney.
With a record of 10 fights for only one loss and a draw, and with good lateral movement, the switch hitting Takajashi was the perfect opponent for a Moloney twin that keeps improving.
From the opening bell it appeared as if the Japanese visitor wouldn’t last the distance as the Aussie almost landed every punch he threw.
Japanese fighters are known for their toughness, and the 26 year old from Yokahama proved to be no different as he absorbed constant punishment without showing signs of wear and tear.
Moloney set up most of his attacks behind a superb jab, and with well-timed left and right hooks, in addition to his body work, he built up a commanding lead.
Tough as teak but with a leaky defence, the southpaw visitor tried to pressure the Victorian but Maloney controlled the 10 round contest throughout.
With straight punches and sustained aggression Andrew Moloney was clearly the better fighter and won a clear cut unanimous decision by scores of 98 – 92, 100 – 90 and 100 – 91.
Jason Moloney vs. Junior Bajawa (Indonesia)
Jason Maloney put his best foot forward and totally dominated the visiting Indonesian fighter, Junior Bajawa.
Coming into the fight with a record of 14 wins and only six losses, the Indonesian appeared to be the perfect step up in class for the improving Jason Moloney.
With the WBA Oceania Super Bantamweight Title up for grabs and in scenes reminiscent of WWE, Bajawa come into the ring wearing an ice hockey goalies mask.
Once the mask was removed and the fight started, Moloney took compete control. Marred by constant slipping on the canvas, the Indonesian fighter finished the bout in bare feet and was completely overwhelmed by the constant pressure of Moloney.
A landscape gardener by trade, Jason Moloney finished the fight with an almost uninterrupted attack of left and rights and the referee was forced to call a halt to the bout at the 1.18 seconds into round four.
Whilst happy with the win, he admitted afterwards that he was disappointed with the way the fight progressed.
Jason Maloney can now go back to gym to plot another step in what is looking like a very promising career.
Terry Tzouramanis vs Cameron Eyes
In what was a very entertaining fight with the Victorian Jnr Welterweight title on the line, the high energy Cameron “Eagle” Eyes looked fast and efficient against Terry “ferocious” Tzouramanis and won a close split decision.
Eyes, undefeated with five straight wins, seemed to have the better of the bout as he threw consistent combinations to the head and body, whilst Tzouramanis relied on the big right hand and one- two combinations.
Whilst a lot of Eyes punches were taken on the gloves of his opponent, he appeared to be getting the best of the exchanges and it surprised me that the scoring was so close.
In round eight Tzouramanis (15 wins, three losses, three draws), was docked a point for holding which ultimately proved to be the difference in the fight.
Whilst Eyes takes the win both fighters can now take aim at a rematch. Scores 79 -72, 75- 76 77- 76.
Parnia Porsche vs. Duan Sor Thammjak
The Victorian 20 year old former Melbourne MMA fighter made her pro boxing debut with a stunning KO of the Thailand visitor in the second round.
Sam Dehaini vs Daniel Maxwell (NZ)
In a one sided affair, Dehani won an easy unanimous decision by taking the fight up to his tough New Zealand opponent who was content to sit behind a water tight defence.
They say styles make fights and this was all one way traffic, with Dehani moving his undefeated record to three wins without defeat. Scores 58- 56 59- 55 59 -55
Paul Gould vs. Victor Onyando Odindo (Kenya)
With no background in boxing and the rather unusual occupation as a circus acrobat, the Kenyan fighter who resides in South Australia, came out looking for an early finish and made a stunning Pro debut.
Described as coming out “like a smoking train” by Master of Ceremonies Howard Leigh, it was toe to toe action until Odindo hit Gould with a huge overhand right, that ended proceedings in the first stanza.
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