- Jason Moloney RTD-7 Leonardo Baez (3:00)
- Abraham Nova UD-10 Avery Sparrow (99-91, 97-93, 96-94)
- Orlando Gonzalez UD-8 Luis Porozo (76-74, 77-73, 77-73)
- Vlad Panin MD-6 Benjamin Whitaker (57-57, 58-56, 58-56)
- Reymond Yanong SD-6 Clay Burns (56-58, 59-55, 58-56)
- Kingsley Ibeh TKO-4 Waldo Cortes (1:41)
Round By Round
Jason Moloney vs Leonardo Baez
Round 1: Baez comes out in an aggressive posture and sticks a jab before Moloney tries to take over and throws several more in return. Baez loads up on a left hook to the body. Right hand from Baez falls short to the body. Baez crowds Moloney but ends up in a clinch. Moloney throws three punches that don’t find the target. Left hook partially lands for Moloney upstairs. Right hand lands for Moloney, then a left hook before Baez can get off. Both fighters trade and land at center ring. Moloney gets off with a right hook now and steps to the side. Baez misses on a wide hook downstairs. Moloney 10-9.
Round 2: Baez comes out with a jab and then a follow up attack that gets smothered by Moloney. Right hand from Baez lands upstairs this time. Short left hook lands on the inside for Moloney, then a left to the body and Baez comes back with his own body shot. Both fighters jab and land. Now Moloney lands a left to the body. Moloney tries to work both sides of the body now. Left hook lands upstairs for Baez, who then unloads with some big shots to the body that are a little sloppy. Two body shots come from Moloney after a pivot. Baez misses on a left hand to the body. Now Moloney tries to press Baez to the ropes but he turns around and brought back towards center ring. Moloney stands-in and tries to work the body, then lands an overhand right. Moloney 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Double jab comes from Baez but doesn’t land. Baez tries to time a right hand but doesn’t quite land it clean. Left and right hand comes from Moloney, who then tries a check hook before tying up. Baez tries to work the inside but Moloney is game and returns fire. Right hook makes a little contact for Moloney upstairs, then a left. Hard left lands for Baez downstairs. Right uppercut lands for Moloney. Moloney stands in the pocket and trades body shots with the taller Baez and finds a home for a couple shots. Baez is bleeding around his eye now. Moloney 10-9.
Round 4: Three shots come from Moloney but then he takes a counter from Baez. Short right hook comes from Moloney who then steps to the side to set up his next combination. Double left hook to the body lands for Moloney. Moloney stands in the pocket and pushes Baez back before landing a straight right hand. Baez misses on straight right that Moloney ducks. Left to the body lands for Moloney but Baez gets in a clean left to the head. I still think Moloney takes the round. Moloney 40-36.
Round 5: Jab comes from Moloney but Baez walks foward, through it. Big left hand from Baez misses upstairs. Straight right hand from Moloney scores. Baez misses on another big left hook aimed at the head. Now Baez tries to work some uppercuts on the inside. Moloney stands inside and pushes Baez to the ropes. Baez looks a little frustrated with Moloney’s pushing him back. Uppercut lands to the body for Moloney and hunches Baez over. Now Baez throws four punches as Moloney covers up. Baez continues to throw and partially lands a right hand and left hook. Multiple left hooks land for Baez before the bell. Baez 10-9.
Round 6: Moloney tries to turn Baez who tries to come forward but walks onto a couple punches from Moloney. Hard left to the body lands for Moloney. Counter right for Baez falls short. Baez makes partial contact on a left hook upstairs. Right and left land for Moloney this time, who then steps inside of Baez’s long arms on the inside. Short left hook lands clean for Moloney to the head. Now Moloney brings the left hook downstairs. Moloney touches Baez with three straight punches. Moloney 10-9, 59-55.
Round 7: Baez leads with a right hand that falls short. Moloney tries to control Baez with his boxing ability and has been doing a good job on the inside and outside. Left hook comes from Baez to the body and head that don’t land clean. Moloney rattles off a few punches and then ties up. Moloney pops a jab upstairs. Barez throws several hooks to the body and head. Moloney gets in a short right hook to the body on the inside. Now Moloney gets in a left hook to the body. Baez is bleeding a little more now and Moloney touches it with a stiff jab. Right hand lands clean upstairs for Moloney, then a clean body shot that hurts Baez a little. Moloney 10-9.
Baez doesn’t come out for the eighth round. Moloney TKO-7.
Abraham Nova vs Avery Sparrow
Round 1: Sparrow comes out with a few jabs that fall short. Nova takes center ring and steps out of range of another Sparrow jab and right hand. Right hand from Sparrow just misses again. Three more jabs from Sparrow don’t find the mark. Nova throws a couple of jabs as Sparrow defends. Nova partially lands a jab this time and then makes contact on a left hand to the body moments later. Another jab lands for Nova, then a left hand to the body. Clubbing right hand from Sparrow misses. Nova 10-9.
Round 2: Sparrow leads with more jabs at a range where he can’t land them. Three more jabs come from Sparrow but only find air. Jab touches the body for Nova, then a left hook makes some contact. Sparrow touches with a jab to the body. Nova look sdown to the body with another jab to the body. Clubbing right hand from Sparrow gets caught on Nova’s glove. Nova throws three punches, ending with a body shot. Short uppercut lands on the inside for Sparrow. Nova 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Sparrow starts off with a few punches but they don’t make contact. Three more jabs come from Sparrow as Nova pulls away out of range. Sparrow has been keeping busy even if he’s barely landing anything at all. Now Nova tries a counter right. Overhand right from Sparrow misses. Nova content to let Sparrow miss and wear himself down. Right hand lands to the body for Nova. Clean jab lands upstairs for Nova this time. Not much clean punching in this fight but I think Nova has been doing most of it. Nova 10-9.
Round 4: Nova goes to the body with a jab and then sneaks in a left hook the next time. Sparrow goes to the body with a right hand. Jab to the body partially lands for Sparrow. Hard left touches the body for Nova during a three punch combination. Sparrow doubles jabs to the body and then lands two hooks downstairs as Nova’s back touches the ropes. Counter lands for Sparrow. Nova tries to match Sparrow’s jab now which he should probably be doing more of. Sparrow 10-9, 37-39.
Round 5: More jabs come from Sparrow out of range and don’t land. Nova throws a jab and pushes Sparrow back. Left to the body scores for Sparrow with Nova along the ropes. Right hand comes at the end of two jabs for Sparrow. Sparrow comes forward with two jabs that miss but he’s keeping Nova’s hands at home. Check hook makes a little contact for Sparrow. Sparrow 10-9.
Round 6: Triple jab comes from Sparrow that doesn’t land but makes Nova take a step back. Sparrow throws three more jabs at long range and even though he’s not landing he continues to keep Nova from getting off. Double jab comes from Nova now and he makes contact. Left and right hand from Nova touches the body. Nova blocks three punches from Sparrow as he steps forward. Lead left hand makes contact for Nova upstairs. Sparrow jabs air and Nova counters and pushes Sparrow to the ropes. Jab scores downstairs for Nova at the bell. Nova 10-9, 58-56.
Round 7: Sparrow throws a jab, then another and a right hand but doesn’t land anything clean. Sparrow doubles up on a jab again and Nova tries to walk through it with his own. Right hand lands to the body for Sparrow. Double jab comes from Nova. Uppercut gets in for Sparrow before he ties up along the ropes. Sparrow jabs to the body. Sparrow misses on a right hand upstairs. Sparrow keeps his jab working and gets in a right hook after Nova misses on two. I’ll edge this one to Sparrow on his activity. Sparrow 10-9.
Round 8: Nova comes out stalking and Sparrow flicks a few jabs at center ring to disrupt Nova’s timing. Hard right hand and left hand lands upstairs for Nova. Nova tries to maul Sparrow and Sparrow holds on for dear life! Left hand lands upstairs as Nova is getting really aggressive all of the sudden. Nova comes out pressing and Sparrow collapses in the corner and spits out his mouthpiece to gain some time to recover. Hard shots land to the body for Nova as he turns up the head on Sparrow. Clean left hook lands downstairs for Nova. Jab lands for Nova now. Sparrow lands two low blows and gets a warning. Double left to the body and head land for Nova. Sparrow has a visible bruise on his forehead. Good round for Nova. Nova 10-9, 77-75.
Round 9: Nova stalking again and lands a hard left to the body. Nova chases after Sparrow and misses on a big sweeping right hand. Sparrow leads with a right hand but it doesn’t land clean. Right and left hand score for Nova. Right to the body gets in for Nova in the middle of a combination. Nova tries to lead with a left hook but it doesn’t land clean. Now a right hand makes contact again upstairs for Nova. Both fighters trade along the ropes to end the round. Nova 10-9.
Round 10: Right hand from Nova lands over the top. Nova comes forward and jabs while looking for another right hand. Sparrow flicks some more jabs at range that don’t land. Jab comes from Nova upstairs. Counter right hand lands for Sparrow. Jab gets in for Nova again. Sparrow tries a big right hand off the ropes but misses. Hooks from Nova come down to the body and makes some contact. Now Nova lands a counter right hand upstairs. Three punches come from Sparrow but don’t find the target. Nova 10-9. I’ve got it for Nova 97-93.
We’ve got two (2) potentially intriguing fights on tap tonight, and four more bouts on the undercard from Las Vegas, as boxing returns again at 8 pm ET tonight on ESPN.
Wil Esco will be here for round-by-round updates of the main event and co-feature.
In the main event, Australian bantamweight contender Jason Moloney will look to avoid the upset, which his twin brother Andrew could not on Tuesday, as he takes on the scrappy Leonardo Baez. Moloney, 29, is the favorite, and clearly so, but the 24-year-old Baez has been on a good run in his last three fights and may be putting it together.
The co-feature will see junior lightweight prospect Abraham Nova take on a risky style matchup in Philly’s Avery Sparrow. Both Moloney-Baez and Nova-Sparrow are set for 10 rounds.
Main Card (ESPN, 8:00 pm ET)
- Jason Moloney (20-1, 17 KO) vs Leonardo Baez (18-2, 9 KO), bantamweights, 10 rounds
- Abraham Nova (18-0, 14 KO) vs Avery Sparrow (10-1, 3 KO), junior lightweights, 10 rounds
- Reymond Yanong (10-5-1, 9 KO) vs Clay Burns (9-7-2, 4 KO), welterweights, 6 rounds
- Vlad Panin (7-1, 4 KO) vs Benjamin Whitaker (13-3, 3 KO), welterweights, 6 rounds
- Orlando Gonzalez (14-0, 10 KO) vs Luis Porozo (15-2, 8 KO), featherweights, 8 rounds
- Waldo Cortes (5-2, 2 KO) vs Kingsley Ibeh (3-1, 3 KO), rematch, heavyweights, 6 rounds