Jason Moloney recaps Philippines camp, regional title honours

THIS year has been a big one for classy Victorian and ex-amateur standout, Jason Moloney.

The 24-year-old has fought twice this year, and will glove up once again on the rescheduled undercard of Danny Green vs. Konni Konrad at the Malvern Town Hall on December 18th.

Moloney (4-0, 4 KOs) has had hard training camps in the United States and most recently in the oppressive heat of the Philippines and spoke exclusively to Aus-Boxing about his upcoming fight for WBA regional honours.

The likeable Croydon resident spoke to us about his future aspirations in getting a world ranking, and the lessons he learnt from his last bout which saw him briefly hit the canvas for the first time in his career.

The popular Moloney, who is based out of Brian Butler’s East End Boxing Gym in Croydon, has been at work preparing for a showdown with tough undefeated Filipino, Marquil Salvana (9-0, 3 KOs) for a potential world rating.

When asked if the cancellation of the card, which was originally set down for December 2nd at Hisense Arena, has had much of an effect on his preparation, the unflappable Moloney says that it’s as business as usual.

“Yeah it was a bit of a shock when we first heard the news about Danny’s injury,” said Moloney. “But those things happen in boxing, it’s just the way it goes really,”

“I’m just glad that the card has been saved and I am really grateful to those involved that they have been able to save it. I know it means a lot to me, and I’m sure it does to the other boys fighting as well.”

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to fight for the WBA Oceania title – hopefully this gets me a world ranking – as well as an opportunity to win that belt,”

“If anything, the extra two or so weeks will enable me to freshen up a bit more, so it’s worked out okay in the end.”

Moloney also touched on his recent training camp in the Philippines, saying the training camp went exceptionally well in trying and challenging heat and humidity of the boxing mad nation.

Whilst in the Philippines both Jason and his brother Andrew got to spar with some of the country’s best, most notably Rocky Fuentes who last year challenged consensus pound-for-pound leader Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.

When asked on his last outing against Danilo Gabisay, when Moloney’s gloved touched the canvas, he replied by saying it is all a learning experience and admits he may have been trying a little too hard to stop the Filipino.

“It’s definitely something I have learnt from,” he added. “I guess being on such a stage as Hisense Arena on a Danny Green card, had me feeling a bit nervous and bit too keen to give the audience a good show,”

“I got caught up a bit in the moment and was trying too hard to look for the stoppage. I learnt pretty quickly that this is what happens when you try and force things,”

“This fight I will be aiming to get back to basics and box and utilise my skills to win the fight. If the knockout comes, that’s great, I will be taking my time – and when he makes a mistake – I will capitalise on it”.

Like his brother Andrew, Moloney took time to thank everyone that is behind him at Team Moloney.

“My family have been fantastic along with my partner, Jorja,” he concluded. “They are very supportive and I am so appreciative. Obviously, all my sponsors and my trainer Brian Butler who has been with us from day one,”

“We gel so well together. To the boys at Enterprise Fitness and my running coach “Uncle” Ronnie Picken, those people form the backbone of Team Moloney. We couldn’t do what we do without them,”

Words: Dan Smart/Follow Dan on Twitter @dansmart76
Photo: Marty Camilleri/Marty’s Knockout Photography



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