Five for 2016: Jason Cooper vs. Jason Moloney

5. Jason Cooper (14-3-1, 7 KOs) vs. Jason Moloney (5-0, 5 KOs)

It’s not often that the Australian public are treated to a big domestic fight between the little men.

But if the cards fall as many expect them to in 2016, we could see a matchup between one of the countries most promising prospects, Jason Moloney, and a proven talent at super bantamweight in the form of Jason Cooper.

Moloney, 24, has reeled off five consecutive stoppages since turning professional, including a win over the previously unbeaten Markquil Salvana in December to lift a WBA affiliated title that Cooper once held.

Cooper, also 24, suffered a competitive decision defeat at the hands of the well-schooled Paulus Ambunda in his last outing, with only one judge in Lahcen Oumghar giving an unbiased account with his 115-113 scorecard.

In order for Moloney to emerge as one of the next breakout stars in Australian boxing, he needs a domestic challenge. While the gap in experience is somewhat wide, their talents are arguably closer than many expect.

A matchup between these two pocket dynamos would offer a solid account of the criminally under-appreciated fighters in the lower weight classes.

What the experts say:

Ben Damon, MAIN EVENT:

“Will one of the famed ‘Moloney Twins’ step up in 2016, and realise their obvious potential?”

“A fight between Jason Moloney and the tough Queenslander Jason Cooper could provide a suitable launching pad. Cooper fell short in his IBO title shot in Namibia, but he would have a vast edge in experience,”

“A fight between the pair could provide a willing contest between two little men with big hopes for 2016,”

Gareth Williams, Trainer:

“To me this fight is very interesting as its the skills of one against an experienced professional. I’ve known Jason Moloney for a few years and I have never questioned his work ethic, which is second to none,”

“Jason Cooper has come along way since turning professional and he has learned many tricks along the way. I think if the fight was made for ten rounds, Moloney would win.”

“But between six and ten rounds he would definitely have his work cut out for him, as Cooper would use all his experience to make it a very tough fight,”

Likelihood: 7/10

Photos: Marty Camilleri/Marty’s Knockout Photography/Provided



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