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Jason Moloney: “I’m aiming to get in there and break his will quickly”

Jason 'Mayhem' Moloney

Bantamweight contender Jason ‘Mayhem’ Moloney 25-2 (19) has been warned by his own trainer that Vincent Astrolabio 18-3 (13) will be out to embarrass him.

The 32-year-old Australian will be making his third attempt at winning a world title when he faces Filipino Astrolabio, 26, for the vacant WBO title at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California on Saturday night.

Moloney dropped a split decision to then-IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez in 2018 before going on a four-fight win streak, all by knockout. That put him in position to face the formidable Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue, who he battled over seven rounds before going down.

Astrolabio is coming off two quality wins. Last December he rolled through Nikolai Potapov in six rounds, knocking him down three time en route to getting the victory.

In his previous bout in February last year he edged Guillermo Rigondeaux over 10 by scores of 95-94 across the board after dropping the veteran in the eighth.

The Moloney camp know what to expect from Astrolabio in and outside of the ring.

“Jason knows if Astrolabio gets the chance, he will try to fucking humiliate him,” trainer Angelo Hyder told Fox Sports Australia this week.

“We know he will do the neck slice gestures, do the staredown, the pushing, whatever he can.

“But Jase being aware of all that, it’s really put a fire in him.

“As a fighter too, Astrolabio has plenty of tricks. He throws a lot of uppercuts, hooks, jumps in, he’s got quite an unusual style. In saying that, I expect Jason to cut him to pieces.

“But if this bloke has some tricks, and we have to beat him at his own game, we’re happy to do that too.

“We’re not turning up with one fucking ace. We’ve got all four.

“And we’re prepared to pull out whichever one is required at whichever time.”

Since the loss to Inoue, Moloney has secured some quality wins against Joshua Greer Jr and former world title challengers Aston Palicte and Nawaphon Kaikanha.

He sees Astrolabio as a challenge, but certainly not an insurmountable one.

“When he knocks opponents down, he likes to get in their face,” Moloney said. “And with fighters like that, most of the time they’re front runners. Which I think is the case with Astrolabio.

“If you allow him to get his confidence up, he will be pulling that type of stuff. But I’m aiming to get in there and break his will quickly.

“If the fight goes how I want, he won’t have the confidence to be doing any of those antics.

“He’ll realise quickly he’s never been in with a fighter like me.

“So I don’t think there will be too much showboating … there will be too much coming back at him for that.”