'I am the bigger puncher': Andrew Moloney interview

Anthony Cocks
01/02/2019 2:09pm

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Andrew Moloney says opponent Miguel Gonzalez hasn’t faced his level of competition ahead of their super-flyweight world title eliminator in March...

Undefeated super-flyweight contender Andrew ‘The Monster’ Moloney (18-0, 11 KOs) heads away from home for the first time in his pro career when he takes on WBA number two ranked 115-pounder Miguel Gonzalez (29-1, 6 KOs) in an official WBA world title eliminator at the Gran Arena Monticello in San Francisco de Mostazal in Chile on 22 March.

WBA number three Moloney will be the puncher in this contest against the light-hitting Chilean, whose best win to date came against WBA number 12 Michell Banquez (17-1,  12 KOs). Gonzalez’s lone loss came to future IBF bantamweight champion Paul Butler (27-2, 14KOs) by wide unanimous decision five years ago.

“Yes, it does appear that I am the bigger puncher, I also believe I am technically a better boxer than Gonzalez,” said the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist. “I expect a very tough fight from him but I am confident of winning this fight.”

The 28-year-old Melbournian, who is now based out of Kingscliff on the New South Wales north coast, will be having his first fight abroad as a professional but says he isn’t worried about having to travel for the opportunity.

“That’s right, this will be my first time fighting overseas as a professional, but as you mentioned I did travel and fight overseas many times as an amateur and I feel that having that experience will benefit me a lot for this fight,” he said.

“I believe there is always a slight advantage being the hometown fighter but as this fight is an official world title eliminator we will have neutral WBA appointed judges, so I expect the fight to be judged fairly.”

Moloney is the twin brother of former world title challenger Jason Moloney (17-1, 14 KOs) who acquitted himself well against IBF bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-0, 12KOs) in the quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) last October, losing by razor-thin split decision in a close and competitive fight.

“I do believe being in camp and with Jason for the whole experience of fighting overseas in a big tournament like the WBSS was a good experience for me,” Moloney said.

“Even though I wasn’t the one fighting it was good for me to see what goes on in a big fight like that especially during fight week. I now know what to expect when I go through these things myself.”

The fight will be carried by ESPN in the United States and Moloney is under no illusion that he needs to perform well to endear himself to the American market.

“It’s very important for me to perform well for the American audience as that is where I hope to be fighting soon. I’d love to be fighting on the big shows in America like the 'SuperFly' cards,” he said.

Moloney delivered a breakthrough performance against Panamanian former world champion Luis Concepcion (37-7, 26 KOs) last September, who he stopped in the tenth round of a 12-round bout after dominating the fight.

It is a victory that Moloney consider his best to date, but he believes he still has room to improve.

“Yes, I would say that it was the best performance of my career although I still feel there was a lot of things I could have done better after watching the fight back,” Moloney said.

“I believe I have been improving with every fight and I have made some huge improvements since training under Angelo Hyder who is an amazing coach.”

According to Moloney, his win over Concepcion is a better victory that any on Gonzalez’s ledger.

“I take confidence from the Concepcion fight. Confidence that I just beat someone who was a world champion only a year and a half before our fight and confidence also in knowing that I have fought better quality opponents than Gonzalez has faced,” he said.

Moloney is chasing a world title shot against England’s undefeated WBA champion Kal Yafai (25-0, 15 KOs) of England, a fighter he believes is very beatable.

“Absolutely! There isn’t one thing in particular that stands out, I just believe that I have what it takes to beat Yafai and he holds the world title, which is what I want,” he said.

“I would love the fight to be in Australia and my team will try to make that happen but I am whiling to travel to fight Yafai. This experience of travelling to fight Gonzalez will prepare me well for that.”