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Andrew Moloney plotting ring return, considering move down to flyweight

Andrew Moloney

Super flyweight contender Andrew Moloney 25-3 (16) is considering a move down to the 112-pound division following his world title loss to Junto Nakatani 25-0 (19) in May.

Japanese southpaw Nakatani, 25, scored a one-punch 12th round knockout of the 32-year-old Australian to secure the vacant WBO 115-pound title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada four months ago.

Nakatani, who previously held the WBO flyweight title and made two successful defences, will defend his super flyweight crown against Argi Cortes 25-3-2 (10) at Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan tonight.

Moloney reflected on his loss to Nakatani in an interview with Pro Box TV and opened up about his plans for the future.

“I didn’t feel that bad after the fight to be honest.” Moloney said. “The physical pain is never an issue, I can go through that with no worries, it doesn’t bother me, but it is just the mental pain and emotional pain after a defeat that has been challenging over the past few months.

“I’ve found myself thinking a lot about what could have been. Especially with [twin brother] Jason [Moloney] becoming world champion and just how good it would have been for both of us to have been world champions. It would have been something really special. It’s always been a dream of mine.”

Moloney added: “From memory, I haven’t watched it for a while, it was around round eight where he really started to get to me.

“There were a few rounds I was having some success in the middle of the fight, I remember having a really good round seven. Then in round eight maybe he made an adjustment, maybe I took my foot off the gas a little bit.

“Yeah, he had a really good round eight. That really cost me, I let it slip. Which is a real shame, I thought what we were working on in the gym was starting to pay off.

“The knockdown in round two didn’t really hurt me, it was flush, it wasn’t a big shot. Even the knockdown in round 11, I didn’t think it was a big shot, I was pulling back and was off balance. Obviously the shot he got me with in round 12 was a bloody good one.”

Moloney is planning to return to the ring before the end of the year and is considering a move down to flyweight in his bid to win an elusive world title.

“I’m hoping to fight in either November or December,” he said. “I don’t really mind, I’m just desperate to get in the ring by the end of the year. I just want to become world champion as fast as possible. Whatever opportunities are available to get me there the quickest.

“I said to [manager] Tony [Tolj] and the team that I am open to moving down to flyweight if we can get there faster. I haven’t made a concrete decision yet, but we are open to flyweight or super flyweight.

“Obviously I am not going to go straight into a world title fight now, but I still believe I can beat anyone in the super flyweight or even the flyweight division. Even if there was an opportunity to fight Nakatani again, I would take it.

“I’m still desperate to become world champion. I am finding it a little hard at the moment to not know which direction we are not going in, but we will make that decision in the next week or two.

“I am keen to test the waters at flyweight, there does seem to be more hype in that division.”