Andrew Moloney remains focused on one specific goal for his first fight of the new year.
The former junior high school weight class owner continues to campaign against the £115 WBO weightlifter of £115 Kazuto Ioka. The dream persisted after Ioka retained her title for the fourth time with a twelve-round win over compatriot Ryoji Fukunaga on New Year’s Eve last year in Tokyo.
Australia’s Moloney said it was before the fight that he was interested in facing Ioka – or Fukunaga, he relieved his sadness – and doubled down on that request as he outlined his plan for the year. next.
“I really hope I get a chance to fight Ioka in 2022,” Moloney told BoxingScene.com. “I have great respect for him as a fighter and for what he has achieved but I believe I have what it takes to take the World Title from him.
“Australia and Japan have great boxing history and I hope Ioka and I can add to this.”
Moloney (22-2, 14KOs; 1ND) did his part to claim another title after returning to the winning column in his most recent bout. The 30-year-old Aussie – whose twin brother Jason is a bantamweight contender – won ten rounds, a unanimous decision victory over Froilan Saludar of the Philippines last December 21 in Sydney.
The win over Saludar came ten days before Ioka’s win over Fukunaga, giving Moloney time to enjoy a much-needed lap of victory and then begin searching for his desired future rivalry. Ioka was a bit deliberate in his approach compared to Fukunaga, the late replacement for IBF bantamweight athlete Jerwin Ancajas, who had to withdraw from a scheduled unification match due to a decision regarding Japan’s Covid closes borders to foreign visitors.
Moloney noted: “It was a strange fight with each round being so close together but I felt that Ioka got through almost all the rounds. “Ioka is conservative, he is controlling and very precise with the punches he throws but seems to have fun doing just enough to win rounds without being completely dominant.
“I feel like Fukunaga lets Ioka control the tempo and control the fight. I think he would be a lot more successful if he increased his work speed like he did in laps 11 & 12”.
Ioka (28-2, 15KOs) aims to revisit plans for the clash with Ancajas (33-1-2, 22KOs) who face Argentina’s Fernando Daniel Martinez for the first time (13-0, 8KOs) on February 19 at a US location. determined. Also looming for Ancjas is the required title defense against the winner of the approved title elimination between Jade Bornea (16-0, 10KOs) and Mohammad Obbadi (22-1, 13KOs) took place on January 14 in Monterrey, Mexico.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
https://www.boxingscene.com/andrew-moloney-australia-japan-great-boxing-history-hope-ioka-i-add-this–163538 Andrew Moloney: Australia, Japan have great boxing history, hopefully Ioka and I can add to this