Moloney, Inoue's former foe, expresses desire to fight Donaire

Published June 6, 2021, 6:59 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Australian boxer Jason Moloney has set sights on a possible matchup with newly crowned WBC bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire.

WBC bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire and Jason Moloney (Photos from AFP and Jason Moloney’s Instagram account)

Moloney lauded Donaire for knocking out Nordine Oubaali in four rounds before expressing his desire to face the “Filipino Flash” in the boxing ring.

The 30-year-old Aussie foe admitted favoring Donaire from the get-go but still wondered if he could really turn back time and defy Father Time.

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“Congratulations to Nonito on another fantastic win! I’ve got a lot of respect for Nonito and what he has achieved in his career,” said Moloney as quoted by

“I always want to fight the best and take on the biggest challenges and I’d love the opportunity to fight the future Hall of Famer, I know it would be a sensational fight and it’s a fight I know I will win.”

Moloney, who holds a 21-2 record on top of 18 knockouts, was the latest bantamweight fighter to pitch his name in the stacked division’s all-out war.

After beating Ouballi, Donaire has made it known that he wants a rematch against Inoue since losing to a unanimous decision at the Super Arena in Saitama. Japan in November 2019, a mega-bout that earned the Fight of the Year honor.

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A year later, the Japanese “Monster” remained undefeated after knocking out Moloney last October at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Donaire and Moloney are very much available to fight as of the moment and their decision, perhaps, will boil down depending on the results of the bantamweight bouts in the next few months.

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The unbeaten Inoue (20-0, 17 KOs) will put his super WBA and IBF titles at stake against 28-year-old Filipino Michael Dasmarinas (30-2, 20 KOs) on June 19 for a mandatory challenge, Filipino pug John Riel Casimero (30-4, 21 KOs) is set to defend his WBO belt against Cuban foe Guillermo Rigondeaux (20-1, 13 KOs), the regular WBA champion, on August 14, while the undefeated Reymart Gaballo (24-0 20 KOs) of the Philippines, the interim WBC titleholder, is scheduled for a rematch with Puerto Rican opponent Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-2, 12 KOs) anytime soon.

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