JASON Moloney validated his credentials as a major player in the bantamweight division, dismantling Cris Paulino in five rounds.
On the back of his most recent win last Saturday, the former world title challenger looks forward to a second run at a world championship.
Moloney (now 18-1, 15 KOs) handed the durable Paulino (now 19-4, 8 KOs) his first stoppage defeat in four years, ironically at the hands of fellow Australian, Vic Darchinyan.
Having returned to the winning ways, Moloney offered an honest assessment on his performance, which saw him regain a WBA affiliated regional bauble.
T”I felt I boxed well on Saturday night and I was delighted to be back in the ring,” he said in a press release.
“I’ve not really stopped training after the Rodriguez fight, that controversial loss has made me a better fighter. I felt that I showed I am a world level fighter in my performance last Saturday evening.
“I have been working on things in the gym with Angelo and I was able to pull those off in the fight.
“I showed I have multiple dimensions to my game, and that’s what you need at the top level.”
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WINNER TKO 5 👊🏼🏆 Now 18-1 (15KOs) Felt great to be back in the ring last night! Unfortunate that the fight had to be stopped due to a large cut on Paulino. I felt things were really starting to heat up and I was coming home strong. Still great to get a win under the belt and start my charge towards another World Title shot 🏆 Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support me last night! Incredible to have people flying from all over Australia to cheer me on. Your support is really appreciated! A massive thank you goes to my sponsors who allow me to chase my dreams and do what I love! Could not possibly do this without them. Major Sponsors: * Australian Forest Products * Plumbing & Pipes Trades Employees Union Corporate Sponsors: * Bell Partners * Wingman * True Health Solutions * Raw Recruitment * Everlast Australia A big thank you goes to my team who put countless hours into each preparation. My coach Angelo Hyder and my manager Tony Tolj and my assistant coaches Tony Nobbs and Craig Wilson. I’m blessed to have such a great team around me. Thanks to Nick Midgley from Kingscliff Boxing Stables for putting on his great show last night. What a great night! Thanks to my wife to be and beautiful new Mum Jorja for everything she does for me. I’ve had to knuckle down for this fight and haven’t been able to help out or give the time I’d like to you and Isla but I can’t wait to spend some quality time with you and our little girl this week! So many more people I’d love to thank. Thank you all for your ongoing support! Exciting times ahead 🏆🙌🏼 #TeamMoloney #AustralianForestProducts #PPTEU
The 28-year-old now has his sights set on another world title fight, having maintained his credentials across all four major governing bodies.
As Moloney revealed, a return to world level is in his immediate plans.
“I want another crack at the world title, I have a great team who I believe can make that happen but that is what I want,” he concluded.
“I feel that I beat Rodriguez and most people believed I did. I want to go out and prove I am the best bantamweight in the world. I am ready to fight anyone for a world title.”
Moloney’s manager Tony Tolj echoed the thoughts of his fighter.
“Jason did exactly what we expected him to do on Saturday night,” he said.
“He is a class act and he has shown he is a top draw world level fighter. For me, the next step is definitely world titles.
“My plan is to ensure Jason and brother Andrew are both world champions before the year is out.”
Words: Press Release
Photo: Capture Photography