Oscar Valdez and Michael Conlan discuss Team Moloney training Oscar Valdez and Michael Conlan discuss Team Moloney training
BIG wraps continue to surround undefeated twins Andrew and Jason Moloney. The world rated duo have hit the road again alongside promoter Lynden Hosking... Oscar Valdez and Michael Conlan discuss Team Moloney training

BIG wraps continue to surround undefeated twins Andrew and Jason Moloney.

The world rated duo have hit the road again alongside promoter Lynden Hosking and manager Tony Tolj in their latest attempt to secure training alongside some of the best fighters available.

In the past week, the IBF #4 and WBC #20 rated super flyweight Andrew and his fast-rising brother Jason, who holds lofty top fifteen ratings with the WBA, WBO and IBF, have set-up camp at the industry recognised and highly regarded Legendz Boxing Gym in in Norwalk California, where they have had the opportunity to rub shoulders with many world level operators.

Amongst them are reigning WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez – who holds the throne that undefeated WBO #10 rated featherweight Luke Jackson is pursuing – as well as former Irish Olympian and Commonwealth Games representative Michael Conlan. The striking pair are both signed to iconic promotional company Top Rank.

Having trained alongside Andrew (14-0, 8 KOs) and Jason (14-0, 11 KOs) for the best part of a week, Valdez (22-0, 20 KOs) and Conlan (3-0, 3 KOs) are more than equipped to offer their opinions when assessing the quality of the best brothers plying their trade professionally in Australian boxing.

“From my experience, I think they’re great boxers,” said Valdez shortly after a completing an arduous training session. “We’ve had the chance of being here and seeing them. I see their great talent.”

“We’ll put everything on it to say that they’ll soon be world champions, because you can see the talent, you can see the determination. From what I see, they’re disciplined fighters. You can’t bet against that.”

Valdez’ thoughts were echoed by the enigmatic Conlan, who is very familiar with the Moloney twins, having fought and lost to Jason in the opening round of competition at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

As the Irishman admits, his recent work with Jason only validates his initial thoughts on the twins, who he sees as blue chip prospects that should challenge for world titles in their respective divisions in the immediate future.

“Great day sparring with Jason, and same on Friday,” said Conlan. “Both boys, I’ve known them a long time now. Jason actually beat me in 2010 at the Commonwealth Games. I always wanted to get that one back, but he went professional.”

“The lads have come over and helped me here with sparring for my fight in two weeks time. They’re great fellas and great fighters. I definitely think they’re Australia’s next big thing.”

“They have future world champions written on them now, they can continue to progress – and get better and better – and get that world title for Australia.”

Valdez will make the third defence of his WBO featherweight crown against undefeated Filipino Genesis Servania in Tucson, Arizona on September 22nd, while Conlan returns on the same card against undefeated prospect Kenny Guzman.

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