AFTER an incredible twelve-round effort, Jason Moloney was deemed a winner against Manny Rodriguez.
Unfortunately, for the now once-beaten bantamweight firebrand, German official Holger Wiemann was the sole judge that offered a scorecard that read 115-113 in his favour.
Meanwhile, judges Alex Levin and Alfredo Polanco also came to the same score tally, being 115-113, albeit favouring Rodriguez (now 19-0, 12 KOs), who scored a successful first title defence.
As is the case in closely contested fights at the highest level, there often isn’t a loser. Enter Jason Moloney (now 18-1, 14 KOs), whose stock has risen to its highest point.
With the dust settling on an unsuccessful World Boxing Super Series quarter-final, Moloney’s manager Tony Tolj offered a defiant post-fight summary.
“I believe he won the fight. Jason came home like a freight train,” Tolj told Aus-Boxing.
“As did the German judge and the WBA Fedelatin supervisor. It was a great experience with Jason cementing himself as a star in the bantamweight division.”
“The promoter Kalle Sauerland loved his performance so much so that he would like him as an alternate for the semi-final.”
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Devasted.. I gave it my all last night but I fell short in a split decision. We finished strong and thought we had done enough but it wasn’t to be. One thing’s for sure, this loss will not stop me from achieving my dream and becoming World Champion. Thank you to my team and everyone involved in giving me this opportunity and thank you to all of my family and friends who made the trip over to Orlando to support me. Thank you also to everyone for all of the amazing support, so many messages that I will try and get back to. I love you all ❤️ #TeamMoloney #WBSS2 #AliTrophy #RodriguezMoloney
“I believe he did win the contest, but I also believe he won the hearts of Australia as well as a world audience.”
After a sluggish start due to the difficult and conflicting style match-up, the 27-year-old Australian came home with all the momentum, while also being the fitter of the two fighters.
Despite a series of head clashes and a nasty gash on his left eye, Moloney came inches away from a famous victory on foreign soil.
Due to the uncertainty of the tournament format, Tolj expects Moloney to be in another high-profile fight in the near future.
“He won the hearts of the public with his awesome effort against an undefeated champion.” he added.
“I always knew if there was no knockdowns or knockout, it was always going to be extremely difficult to win on foreign soil.”
“We’re going to let Jason heal, as there were many head clashes in the fight.”
“Once he recovers, we are ready to show the world that Jason Moloney has arrived and is here to stay.”
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