Aussie wrap-up for March
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Stoppage wins for the Moloney twins headline Anthony Cocks' latest round-up of all the action that matters from Down Under...
Super flyweight contender Andrew ‘The Monster’ Moloney 19-0 (12 KOs) delivered a stunning one-punch eighth-round knockout of Miguel Gonzalez 29-2 (6) in their scheduled 12-round bout at the Gran Arena Monticello, San Francisco de Mostazal, Chile on 22 March.
The victory will see the 28-year-old Australian become the mandatory challenger to the WBA 115lbs champion Khalid Yafai, who defends his world title against Norbelto Jimenez on 1 June.
Moloney was surprisingly trailing on two of the official scorecards at the time of the stoppage and even on the third. A knockdown call against Moloney in the sixth for what was clearly a slip put the WBA number three contender further behind on the cards.
In a fight that was contested almost entirely in the pocket, Moloney broke down the WBA number two, eventually finding a home for his fight-ending left hook midway through the eighth.
"Gonzalez was a good fighter, he was better than I thought in honesty and produced a career-best display and I want to thank his team for giving me the opportunity to come to Chile and fight him,” Moloney said after the fight.
"I thought I was going to stop him to the body going in but the shot that stopped him was the shot we had been working on in the gym and it paid off in great style.
“After a knockdown was scored against me for slipping, I knew I had to take it out of the judges' hands so I did and I was delighted with the victory."
Moloney now faces a wait of up to nine months to face the winner of the mandatory title fight between Yafai and Jimenez.
"If the winner unifies or doesn't want to fight me I will possibly look to fight in the interim but I will leave that up to the team and I am going to have a few weeks’ rest and then get back in the gym and continue improving for what big opportunities could be on the horizon," he said.
Meanwhile Moloney’s twin brother Jason ‘The Smooth One’ Moloney 18-1 (15) opened his account for 2019 with a fifth-round cut-eye stoppage of Cris ‘The King’ Paulino 19-4 (8) in a ten-round bout at the Seagulls Rugby League Club in Tweed Heads, NSW on 30 March.
The fight was Moloney’s first since his valiant effort against IBF bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez in the quarter-finals of the World Boxing Super Series in October last year.
“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,” Moloney said.
“Still great to get a win under the belt and start my charge towards another world title shot.”
In other action WBA number nine ranked 130-pounder Billel ‘Baby Face’ Dib 23-3 (11) stopped experienced Filipino Rey Juntilla 23-9-5 (14) in the eighth round of a scheduled ten-round bout.
National lightweight champion Jacob ‘The Flamingo’ Ng 10-0 (8) added more hardware to his collection with a thrilling sixth-round knockout of Glenn Enterina 14-5-1 (9) to claim the vacant IBF Youth title in a scheduled ten-round bout at Southport Sharks AFL Club in Southport, QLD on 16 March.
Ng started fast and had Enterina on the deck in the opening stanza but the 23-year-old Filipino returned the favour in the following round against the flow of play, dropping him heavily. The 24-year-old Gold Coaster gamely beat the count and rallied to win the rest of the round.
“I don’t remember much of it,” said Ng, who was docked a point in the third for pushing his opponent’s head won but was still leading on all three cards at the time of the stoppage.
“I remember dropping him in the first round, feeling pretty stoked, feeling pretty good. After that I blacked out because I obviously got caught in the second round. I don’t really remember too much after that.
“It was a tough fight. He had heavy hands. I got caught in the second but I found by the end of that round I was actually punching more and landing more on him that he was landing on me.”
In the main support bout cruiserweight Ben Kelleher 11-1-2 (4) successfully defended his national crown with a ten-round unanimous decision win over Uria Afamasaga 2-3 (2). All three judges had Kelleher comfortably ahead 100-90, 98-93 and 99-91.
Also on the card Australian heavyweight champion Demsey McKean 14-0 (8) demolished Marcelo Nascimento 18-19 (16) in an eight-round non-title fight. McKean had the Brazilian on the canvas three times before the fight was stopped during the second frame.
In an upset super featherweight Bruno Vifuaviwili 23-3-1 (5) defeated ‘Aussie’ Joel Brunker 34-4 (20) for the vacant IBF Pan Pacific title at the Windsor Function Centre in Windsor, NSW on 9 March.
Tanzania’s Vifuaviwili, who now trains alongside the Moloney twins under the guidance of coach Angelo Hyder at Kingscliff, was awarded the victory by scores of 119-110, 116-113 and 115-114.
The 33-year-old Brunker now finds his career at a crossroads after losing two of his last three, including dropping a ten-round split decision to slick Kiwi southpaw Nort Beauchamp in Melbourne last July.
Undefeated bantamweight Brock Jarvis 16-0 (15) claimed the vacant IBF Youth title at 122lbs with a first-round knockout of Philip Luis Cuerdo 11-6-1 (4) at Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh, NSW on 1 March.
The Jeff Fenech-trained Jarvis, 21, dropped Cuerdo with a body shot as the bell to end the opening round and the 23-year-old Filipino failed to beat the count.
It was the ninth first-round stoppage of Jarvis’s pro career and his 15th knockout in a row.
WBA number 15 cruiserweight ‘Sugar’ Kane Watts 21-3 (13) defeated Jayden ‘Plugger’ Joseph 7-2-1 (1) by ten-round unanimous decision at the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington, Victoria on 1 March. Scores at the conclusion were 95-94, 99-90 and 97-91.
Junior welterweight knockout artist Steve Spark 8-1 (8) halted Luis Ronaldo Castillo 19-2 (15) of Mexico in the fourth round of a scheduled ten-round bout for the vacant IBF Youth title at Rumours International in Toowoomba, QLD on 9 March.
At welterweight ‘Banging’ Ben Kite 14-4-1 (6) picked up the vacant Australian National Boxing Federation Australasian title with a ten-round unanimous decision win over Michael Whitehead 6-2-1 (4) at Fortitude Stadium in Newstead, QLD on 30 March.
In an all-southpaw clash Lucas Miller 6-3-2 (3) surprised big-hitting Mitchell ‘Big Country’ Clark 14-3 (13) to win by majority decision over eight frames to claim the vacant Australian National Boxing Federation Australasian light heavyweight title at the Melbourne Pavilion in Fleming, Victoria on 22 March. Miller edged the fight on the scorecard 77-76, 77-75 and 76-76.
Former world ranked junior welterweight Darragh Foley 17-3-1 (9) logged his second stoppage victory for the year with a fourth-round knockout of Rusmin Kie Raha 15-17-3 (3) of Indonesia at Easts Leagues Club in Bondi Junction, NSW on 22 March. The fight was scheduled for eight rounds at the welterweight limit.
Foley dropped out of the world rankings after losing a ten-round unanimous decision to Akeem Ennis Brown 13-0 (1) in a fight for the vacant IBF European 140lbs title in London last December.
In a welterweight contest Youssef Dib 12-0 (5) won by majority decision over eight against Russia’s Mikhail Lesnikov 3-3 (1) at the Entertainment Centre in Hurstville, NSW on 8 March.