VICTORIAN bantamweight champion Andrew Moloney is on the fast track to more professional gold.
Last month the undefeated 24-year-old extended his unbeaten streak to four fights (4-0, 2 KOs) after outpointing Filipino veteran Ronerex Dalut over six rounds at Hisense Arena.
The Commonwealth Games gold medalist caught up with Aus-Boxing to summarize his latest win while also assess his options for the rest of the year.
“It was really great to learn in there as opposed to blowing someone out of water in the first round,” said Moloney
“I went the six rounds for the first time and it was exactly what I needed at this stage in my career.”
“It was a tough fight. We knew going into the fight that he was going to be a really tough guy.”
“He took some of my best shots and he kept coming forward – he pushed me – and that’s what I needed.”
For Moloney, the shutout decision over Dalut was only the second time he had been pushed the distance, while also going the six round distance for the first time in the paid ranks.
The Mooroolbark resident admits that it was good to get some rounds in off the back of a five month layoff, the longest of his professional career.
“I suppose after third round I knew I wasn’t going to get the knockout,” he explained. “So I had to adapt in there and just boxed my way through it,”
“I didn’t take unnecessary risks. I just tried to box smart,” explained Moloney. “I felt I was just learning in there and can see it paying off for me in the next few fights.”
“I’m still learning as a professional, I just felt this fight was exactly what I needed at this stage and just getting the six rounds just felt like I was learning the whole time.”
“Now I’m just looking forward to studying the tape and seeing what I could’ve done better and improving.”
In the space of four fights, the talented prospect has featured on some major cards, most notably his last appearance at Hisense Arena on a stacked card headlined by the return of Danny Green.
If Moloney has his way, this trend will continue for future fights.
“It was awesome fighting there,” Moloney exclaimed. “Just the atmosphere and being in there with 10,000 people at a really good venue was amazing,”
“It’s hard coming from something like a huge event like the Commonwealth games with 14,000 people – then fighting on smaller shows – it just motivates you,”
“Being on the big stage, that’s what its all about. It makes it so much more exciting fighting in a venue like Hisense area just full of people. It was unbelievable.”
An official announcement is yet to be made on his next appearance, but the likable prospect is hoping to fit in one more fight before the end of the year.
“I definitely want another fight this year,”
“I can say I’m looking to fight in about ten weeks time,” said Moloney in closing. “I’m happy to fight an eight or a ten rounder next,”
“But if it is another six rounder, I’m happy to try and have another one by the end of the year.”
Photo: Robert Cianflone