Matchroom’s plan to pit WBA super flyweight champ Kal Yafai against Roman Gonzalez on the February 29th Mikey Garcia-Jessie Vargas card has hit a snag in the form of mandatory challenger Andrew Moloney. The unbeaten Aussie technically has a guaranteed crack at Yafai “no later than March 22nd,” and Dan Rafael reports that he’s enlisted attorney Pat English in order to push his case.
Moloney (21-0, 14 KO) claimed his shot last March 22nd with a TKO of Miguel Gonzalez, whom you may recall as the guy Jerwin Ancajas brutalized last month. He’d previously stopped veteran Luis Concepcion, from whom Yafai (26-0, 15 KO) took his title, and went on to become interim champion in a war with Elton Dharry.
I’m expecting Moloney to receive some step-aside money and assurance that the fight will take place later this year. Yafai doesn’t have a single standout victory besides beating Concepcion; A matchup with the storied Gonzalez (48-2, 40 KO) or, should this not go his way, a matchup with someone who’d just beaten him would be far larger.