Showcasing the stars of today and tomorrow: Tony Tolj interview
Australian promoter / manager Tony Tolj talks to Boxing Monthly about his experiences working with Indonesian legend Chris John and his hopes and plans for the talented Moloney twins...
Tony Tolj has a massive couple of months ahead of him, with Tolj’s Dragon Fire Boxing looking to take Australian boxing to new heights.
Tolj has been a massive part of Australian boxing for decades, having managed and promoted arguably one of the best pound for pound fighters in recent times, two-weight WBA world champion Chris John.
Tolj discussed his experiences working with the Indonesian legend. The Perth based promoter/ manager said: “Working with Chris John was an unbelievable experience. He would come in from Indonesia, train and live in the gym and would just spend his days sitting in his room studying boxing.
“Chris is a very humble guy who went on to achieve greatness and guiding his ascent to becoming world featherweight and super featherweight champion is possibly my biggest accomplishment in boxing.
“I could talk about Chris John’s legendary career all day. There are that many amazing stories. He is one of the best fighters to ever come out of south-east Asia, and it was a privilege to work with him throughout the glory years of boxing.”
Tolj is now looking after the new breed of Australian Boxers that include the talented Moloney twins, Jason and Andrew. The Dragon Fire Promotions chief opened up regarding the highly rated pair.
He said, “Jason Moloney will be looking to bounce back in style after the World Boxing Super Series. We felt he won that [quarter-final] fight [against Emmanuel Rodriguez], as did most people watching, and he will be looking to move back into contention to box for the world title.
“He should be IBF world champion now but it is a matter of time before he becomes world champion.”
Tolj continued, “Andrew Moloney will be contesting a WBA world super flyweight title eliminator in Chile against Miguel Gonzalez. I’m very confident that Andrew will get the victory and continue to look devastating whilst doing it.
“Between both of the brothers, they have won the Commonwealth, WBA Oceania, OBPF and Australian titles to add to their esteemed amateur careers. I firmly believe that it is a matter of time before the pair adds World titles to their collection.”
Dragon Fire Promotions have been putting on shows in the Southern Hemisphere for over a decade, with some of the best fighters to come out of the Australasian region having being showcased on Dragon Fire cards.
Tolj gave his take on what fight fans can expect from the Dragon Fire shows. He said: “One thing with our shows is you always get good fights. Our philosophy is to build fighters the right way by testing them in every fight. You always see good competitive fights on our shows.
“We showcase the stars of today and tomorrow. We’ve built the likes of Chris John, a legend in the sport, the Moloney brothers and many more on Dragon Fire shows that have been showcased on national television; and we have many more fighters coming through who will reach the heights of world titles.”
NB: After the completion of this article, it was announced that Jason Moloney will face WBA Asia title holder Cris Paulino on 30 March. An interview with Moloney will appear on the BM website soon.