Jason and Andrew Moloney, the twin contenders from Australia, were victorious in their home country today, winning pretty easy bouts that they hope to be final steps toward world title bouts now that they’re with Top Rank.
In the main event, bantamweight contender Jason (19-1, 16 KO) stopped Goodluck Mrema (23-5, 13 KO) in the third round, dropping the Tanzanian on a left hook to the ear. Mrema had a very slightly delayed reaction, but clearly felt the shot, went down, and was counted out.
Moloney hopes to face Liborio Solis (29-5-1, 13 KO) for a vacant WBA title at 118 pounds next. The “super” WBA title is held by Nonito Donaire, and Naoya Inoue holds the WBA/IBF “unified” title, so the WBA “world” title is probably technically vacant, as stupid as all this sounds.
Earlier on the card, Andrew (20-0, 13 KO) took care of business against his Tanzanian opponent in even shorter fashion, when Selemani Bangaiza quit in the second round.
Bangaiza (15-6, 5 KO) was a short notice opponent and had nothing to offer Moloney, a legit 115-pound contender. So this wound up a pretty lousy mismatch where Bangaiza just spit his mouthpiece out standing and quit in the second round, leaving the poor commentators to insist that this was a surprise as Bangaiza “wasn’t a mug!” Nah. He might’ve been a mug, guys. Moloney apologized to the fans for the crap fight after it was over. He hopes to get a shot at Kal Yafai (or Norbelto Jimenez) and the WBA title later this year.
Reagan Dessaix TKO-7 Mitchell Whitelaw
Dessaix (17-2, 12 KO) wins the Australian light heavyweight title with this victory. He was good here, a bit beyond Whitelaw (5-2-1, 2 KO) in level and development, and it showed throughout. Whitelaw gave the effort, but he eventually had no more answers for Dessaix, who cracked him with a clean right hand that put Whitelaw down and the referee called it there, rightly so.
Mose Auimatagi Jr KO-6 Kerry Foley
Foley (19-5-1, 16 KO) gave this a good effort and it was a fun fight, but he was outgunned by New Zealand’s Auimatagi (13-1-2, 9 KO). Auimatagi just looked better class from the get-go, landing the harder, cleaner shots throughout. Foley was ruled down in the second round, then knocked out pretty hard in the sixth, which came after a fun fifth round. Super middleweight Auimatagi, 24, started his career 1-1-2, but might be someone worth remembering.