Jason Moloney stops Kohei Kono in six, eyes off WBSS

Anthony Cocks

Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

Follow Anthony Cocks on: Twitter | Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

Ring magazine number 10 ranked bantamweight Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney 17-0 (14) moved one step closer to a wildcard entry into the new season of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) with a sixth round TKO of former two-time world champion Kohei Kono 33-12-1 (14) of Japan at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday night.

The bout was stopped between the sixth and seventh rounds after the ringside physician determined that a cut to the outside of Kono’s left eye was too severe to continue.

Moloney became just the second boxer after Japanese phenom Naoya “The Monster” Inoue to stop Kono in his 46 fight pro career.

See Also

Moloney’s team have been pushing for a spot in the eight-man, single-elimination WBSS tournament that will feature WBO champion Zolani Tete of South Africa, newly-minted IBF titleholder Emmanuel Rodriguez or Puerto Rico and Belfast’s WBA “super” champion Ryan Burnett.

If two-division world champion Inoue gets past WBA “regular” champion Jamie McDonnell of the United Kingdom when the two meet at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan this Friday night, he will be granted entry to the WBSS tourney as well.

“I believe I’m the best bantamweight in the world and these are the types of fights I need to prove it,” said the Melbourne-born Moloney, who is ranked WBA #4, WBO #5, IBF #11 and WBC #13, after the fight.

“Forget the royal wedding,” added his colourful manager Tony Tolj. “The bantamweight king has arrived!”

The fight was Moloney’s third successful WBA Oceania title defence since moving down in weight to bantamweight.

On the same card Jason’s twin brother Andrew Moloney 17-0 (10) survived a scare in the seventh round to successfully defend his WBA Oceania super flyweight title against rugged Filipino Richard Claveras 18-4-2 (15) in a 10 round bout.

The aggressive Moloney was dominating Claveras until a counter right cross during an exchange on the ropes in the seventh round caught the hometown fighter on the chin and sent him to the canvas. Moloney comfortably beat the count and boxed more cautiously after that to win a wide points decision by scores of 99-91 and 98-91 twice.

The WBA #5, WBC #5, IBF #5 and WBO #10 super flyweight is targeting WBA 115-pound champion Khalid Yafai 23-0 (14) of the United Kingdom.

Meanwhile in Queensland, Australian junior welterweight champion Liam “The Prodigy” Paro 14-0 (10) needed less than two rounds to claim the WBO Youth title with a dominant performance against the Czech Republic’s Sebastian Bytyqi 11-1-1 (8) at Southport Sharks Club on the Gold Coast.

The 22-year-old southpaw, who is a regular sparring partner of WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, had Bytyqi on the canvas twice before the referee halted the contest and crowned Paro the new WBO Youth champion. The time of the stoppage was 2:01 of round number two.

“I know if I do hit someone clean, they’re not going to get up,” said Paro after the fight.

Next up for Paro will be a fight against former national and regional champion Valentine Borg 14-2 (8) in Melbourne in July.


Click Here, If you wish to add a COMMENT to the above article or any of the Ringnews24 boxing articles.



Carl Froch says Mike Tyson will be "blowing out his…

Carl Froch says Mike Tyson will be

Carl Froch has questioned whether the eight-round exhibition bout between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr will end prematurely in a no-contest. Former undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson, 53, and former undisputed light heavyweight champion Jones Jr…

Jamal James outpoints Thomas Dulorme in fast-paced 12 rounder

Jamal James outpoints Thomas Dulorme in fast-paced 12 rounder

Jamal ‘Shango’ James 27-1 (12) claimed the interim WBA welterweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Thomas Dulorme 25-4-1 (16) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Dulorme put the pressure on in the earl…

Jai Opetaia relocates to Queensland to kickstart career

Jai Opetaia relocates to Queensland to kickstart career

World-rated Australian cruiserweight Jai Opetaia 19-0 (15) has relocated from his home in Gosford to the Gold Coast in a cross-border move designed to reboot his career during the coronavirus pandemic. The undefeated 25-year-old southpaw, who hasn…

Tim Tszyu says “average” Jeff Horn is not a genuine…

Tim Tszyu says “average” Jeff Horn is not a genuine world-class contender

Undefeated junior middleweight contender Tim Tszyu 15-0 (11) has labelled Jeff Horn 20-2-1 (13) “average” ahead of their 10-round bout at the Queensland Bank Stadium in Townsville, Australia on August 26. The fight will have social distancing meas…

Chris Billam-Smith destroys Nathan Thorley in two, retains Commonwealth title

Chris Billam-Smith destroys Nathan Thorley in two, retains Commonwealth title

Commonwealth cruiserweight champion Chris ‘The Gentleman’ Billam-Smith 11-1 (10) made a successful first defence of his title with a second-round knockout of previously unbeaten Nathan ‘Thunder’ Thorley 14-1 (6) in the second edition of Matchroom Fig…

Terri Harper and Natasha Jonas battle to split draw at…

Terri Harper and Natasha Jonas battle to split draw at Matchroom Fight Camp

WBC female super featherweight champion Terri Harper 10-0-1 (5) held on to her title with a 10-round split draw against 2012 Olympian Natasha Jonas 9-1-1 (7) in the second edition of Matchroom Fight Camp in Brentwood, Essex on Friday night. The fi…


Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24