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Jason Moloney: “Paul Butler won’t want to fight me after this performance”

Jason Moloney. Photo credit: @capture_photography_byron_bay

Bantamweight contender Jason ‘Mayhem’ Moloney 23-2 (18) is hoping victory over Aston Palicte 28-4-1 (23) in their 10-round bout at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday will secure him a world title shot.

The 31-year-old Australian will be fighting in his hometown for the first time in two-and-a-half years in the main support bout to the undisputed world lightweight championship fight between George ‘Ferocious’ Kambosos Jr 20-0 (10) and Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney 27-0 (15).

Moloney has come up short in his two world title shots to date. In October 2018 he lost a razor-thin split decision to then-IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez. Two years later he lasted seven long rounds with WBA and IBF champion Naoya Inoue, who face WBC boss Nonito Donaire on Tuesday.

“I’m really excited for this fight. Thank you to Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment and my manager Tony Tolj for putting it together and getting me a great opportunity against a world-class fighter,” Moloney said.

“Palicte is well known to anybody in the lower weight classes, he’s exciting, he comes to win and he’s handled himself with the best in the business. This is a real test against a top fighter and I have to come through this and look good in order to push for another world title shot and I believe this fight is the quality of a world title fight.

“I’m not looking past Palicte, but he’s a far better opponent than who Paul Butler boxed for his world title. Paul Butler won’t want to fight me after this performance, we’re going to have to force that fight to happen. I have the team that makes things happen and we will make that fight happen eventually unless he vacates.”

Moloney will be joined by his twin brother Andrew on the card, who will face Alexander Espinoza in an eight rounder. In other action Junior Fa will clash with former WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight titleholder Lucas Browne over 10 rounds.

“Australia has been deserving of events of this size for years and I’m delighted to be involved with such a massive event,” Moloney said. “It’s a global event, and I can’t wait to show my skills on a platform that is going to be watched worldwide, it’s a massive opportunity.

“The main event is a great fight and it represents what boxing needs more, unified/undisputed champions. It really is the best fighting the best. I’ve fought the best at my weight class in Naoya Inoue, so have all the respect in the world for how good you have to be a unified world champion. It’s elite-level competition that you can’t miss if you’re a boxing fan.

“I’m also sharing this card with my brother. We’ve shared cards before but this one is special, and I’m expecting two career-best Moloney performances.”