THE implications of a win on Saturday night aren’t lost on Team Moloney.
Ahead of the meeting between Andrew Moloney (17-0, 10 KOs) and Luis Concepcion (37-6, 26 KOs) at the revamped Bendigo Stadium, Moloney’s manager Tony Tolj reveals the world will be watching.
It was announced earlier in the week that global sports leader ESPN had secured the US broadcast rights on its new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service, ESPN+.
The coverage will be hosted by leading media personality, Ben Damon, who will call the action on the international feed.
“This is a huge fight with huge implications,” Tolj told Aus-Boxing.
The regional title collision, which will be for Moloney’s regarded WBA Oceania bauble, will be broadcast live in a plethora of countries, excluding Australia.
For Tolj, the prestige of being aligned with such an iconic network abroad isn’t lost on their team.
“It is live to virtually every country in the world, except Australia,” he explained.
“The boxing world knows how big this fight is. It’s very important and with ESPN coming on board and can see the level of Andrew Moloney. More media outlets are becoming aware of Andrew.”
Despite his charge being seen as a slight favourite, Tolj concedes that Concepcion is very much a live underdog. But true to their recent form and progression, Moloney is seeking legitimate tests.
“Make no mistake, Concepion is a former world champion and last man to hold the world title before Kal Yafai,” he concluded.
“He is the best opponent coming to Australian soil in a very long time. Team Moloney only want to fight the best – and to Quote Ric Flair – to be the man you gotta beat the man.”
“I believe the level of improvement of Andrew will shine in this fight and he’ll make a statement to put WBA super flyweight champion Kal Yafai on notice.”
“The opportunity to be on ESPN+ was originally brought up by Angelo [Hyder] and Tony [Tolj],” said event promoter Lynden Hosking.
“As a promoter, this is why we’re in the business. It’s a very satisfying feeling which I don’t think is fully appreciated in Australia in terms of the magnitude.”
“We’ve created an opportunity and it’s now up to the boys to get the job done.”
Tickets for ‘Battle on the Goldfields 3’, hosted by Hosking Promotions, can be secured through Ticketek.