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Jason Moloney retains WBO title in war against Saul Sanchez: Full fight video highlights and results

Jason Moloney beat Saul Sanchez to keep his WBO belt.

Jason Moloney vs Saul Sanchez
Jason Moloney beat Saul Sanchez to keep his WBO belt
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Jason Moloney beat Saul Sanchez by majority decision to retain his WBO bantamweight title tonight in Quebec City, in a 12-round war that is the early clubhouse leader — as much as it matters in mid-January — for 2024 Fight of the Year.

Moloney took two cards of 116-112, with the third even, 114-114. Bad Left Hook unofficially scored the fight 117-111 for Moloney, but this was a tremendous fight with three fair score cards, depending on how you saw various key rounds.

Moloney (27-2, 19 KO) was making his first defense of the belt he won last May, while this was a first world title shot for the underdog Sanchez (20-3, 12 KO), who gave a tremendous effort and will surely want another crack at Moloney.

CompuBox did see Sanchez, 26, landing and throwing more punches, giving him credit for 362 of 897 landed, a good 40 percent connect rate, compared to Moloney at 297 of 824 (36 percent).

But the power punches were closer, especially in connect percentage, with Sanchez landing 260 of 585 (44 percent) and Moloney 233 of 550 (42 percent).

Sanchez landed 102 jabs to Moloney’s 64, and did out-land him to the body, too, 96 to 51 overall.

It was a fight that played out far more interestingly than just by the numbers, though, and one you’d have to — and should — see to really get the feel for it. There were constant swings in momentum, not just round-to-round but within several rounds. Just as one guy looked to be “taking control,” the other would fire back with something nice. Both did damage although there were no knockdowns or big drama.

How did you score the fight, and do you want to see them run it back?

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