What’s Next for Contender Jason Moloney Following Recent Top Rank Win?
Moloney (21-1) beat Leonardo Biaz on June 25 via corner retirement. Inside the MGM Grand Conference center in Las Vegas, CombuBox had Moloney landing 128 shots compared to Baez’s 87. After seven rounds of hard shots, Biaz’s corner had seen enough. Considered one of the best moments of his life, Moloney is now looking to add to that moment.
On a four-fight win streak, Moloney is looking to re-enter the contender pool. His last taste at a world title was a loss to Emmanuel Rodriguez for the IBF Bantamweight Title in 2018. Now, he just wants the opportunity to prove he can collect when called upon.
“[I want] any champion, really,” Moloney ended up telling Boxing Scene. “I just want to be world champion. I just want that opportunity. If I’m ranked number one, yeah, Casimero, let’s go!”
Moloney is referring to WBO Bantamweight Champion Johnriel Casimero. The 30-year-old Casimero (29-4) won the interim WBO title from Ricardo Espinoza Franco in April 2019. His last fight, now for the undisputed title, was a TKO-win in November against Zolani Tete.
There is an opportunity that Casimero faces Naoya Inoue, the IBF and WBA Bantamweight Champion. If COVID-19 continues to delay that bout, Moloney could be right there to take advantage.
Moloney would end up reflecting on his win, especially coming after his brother’s loss. Both brothers were the first to enter the Top Rank gym right before boxing returned to Las Vegas. The pressure was on for them, and after everything they have been through, Jason was just happy to do what he loves, and create some memories along the way.
“It’s been tough being over here, being away from my wife and the family for so long, and then watching my brother lose his world title,” Moloney went on to say. “I just wanted to have a smile and leave here with happy memories. I’ve just taken a big step in my career to fight for another world title. I’m just so happy.”