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Andrew Moloney out for redemption against Junto Nakatani on May 20

Andrew Moloney

Former WBA ‘regular’ super flyweight champion Andrew ‘Monster’ Moloney 25-2 (16) is looking for redemption when he faces undefeated Japanese southpaw Junto ‘Knackers’ Nakatani 24-0 (18) for the vacant WBO 115-pound title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 20.

The bout will take place on the undercard of the undisputed lightweight title fight between champion Devin Haney and former three-weight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko.

The 32-year-old Australian has won four fights on the trot since his trilogy with Joshua Franco that saw him go 0-2 with one no contest. The no contest in their second fight is a point of contention after Franco withdrew from the bout in the second round with a cut that was ruled from a headclash that replays clearly showed was caused by a punch.

“I really feel like I need to redeem myself after the Franco trilogy,” Moloney told ProBox TV. “I believe I’m a much better fighter now… I’m going to show everyone against Nakatani what I’m really all about.”

“(Nakatani) is undefeated and clearly an avoided fighter, as we saw from Kazuto Ioka giving up the belt rather than fight Nakatani.

“I don’t believe he’s been in the ring with anybody on my level yet, so we will see how good he really is on the night.

“I plan on bringing absolutely everything to win this fight. I know this fight changes mine and my family’s life.

“This is mine and my brother’s story; we’ve always dreamed big of being world champions at the same time.

“One week apart and one weight division apart, it’s all meant to be.”

In a separate interview with Sporting News, Moloney admitted that facing a tall, rangy southpaw could present some problems.

“It’s a big challenge,” he said. “He’s an undefeated southpaw, I haven’t fought a southpaw in quite a while.

“We’ve known about this fight for a long time now, so I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of southpaws in this preparation and everything’s well on track to do the job.

“I’ve dedicated my whole life to this for nearly 20 years and it all comes down to this, in my eyes.

“I’m making sure I’m doing everything possible to win this fight. I’m in great shape already with over five weeks to go.

“I’m going to be in the shape of my life and I’m going to leave absolutely everything in the ring to make sure I get that belt.

“I believe I want this more than what he does and I think that’s what it’s going to come down to in the fight.”

Moloney says he will fight fire with fire against the 25-year-old.

“He’s going to try and keep it out long, as he does, but he’s quite aggressive,” he said. “I’m going to be aggressive and we’re going to meet in centre ring and see who wants it more.”