Top Rank boss Bob Arum will be “working” to set Jason Moloney up for a world title fight after his highly impressive TKO victory over Aston Palicte on Sunday to take home the vacant WBO International bantamweight championship.
Moloney kept Palicte on the outside and ripped a series of vicious shots to the midsection of his Filipino rival.
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With a minute to go in the third round, Moloney caught Palicte flush on the button with a pinpoint right hand as his opponent moved in and knocked him to the canvas.
Palicte remarkably rose to his feet in time before the referee’s count, but Moloney unleashed a barrage of strikes to knock Palicte back down and end the fight in the third round.
The dominant manner in which Moloney won delighted Arum, who stated he would be doing his utmost to line up his fighter for a world title shot but conceded that it may not be as straightforward.
“As his promoter, we will be working along those lines,” Arum said in the post-fight press conference.
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“But sometimes it’s impossible to make that arrangement.”
Arum hailed Moloney as one of his “favourite fighters” due to the fact he and his twin brother Andrew flew to the United States to join the Top Rank bubble and take on fights when spectators were not allowed into venues due to Covid.
There was also a touching moment between boxer and promoter after the fight, as Moloney jumped out of the ring after winning to give Arum a big hug.
Even though the boxing kingpin knew Palicte would be no slouch of an opponent, he ultimately “wasn’t surprised” at the outcome given Moloney’s world-class ability.
“Jason was in with a tough Filipino, these Filipino’s are really good fighters,” Arum said.
“They get the edge on you, they’re really great front runners and Jason didn’t let that happen.
“He took out the opponent. I wasn’t surprised, but he is a real, world-class fighter. He was in with some of the best fighters in the world, he and his brother, and they acquired themselves extremely well.”
Lou DiBella, the main promoter of Sunday’s event, was equally effusive in his praise of Moloney and felt he’s “ready” for that world title shot the Australian so dearly craves.
“As someone who’s not his promoter, that was the best he’s ever looked in his career,” DiBella said.
“That was a tremendous performance honestly and against a good fighter. Jason, he keeps getting better.
“He’s ready for that kind of fight now. I don’t think he necessarily was a year ago, but he is now.”
As to who Moloney will face for a world title, Paul Butler looms as the most likely option.
Butler is the WBO interim bantamweight champion and with Naoya Inoue putting his IBF and WBA belts on the line against Nonito Donaire’s WBC belt on Tuesday, Butler is the most logical option for Moloney.