Australian Jason Moloney is still stuck in quarantine, but already plotting world domination after arguably the biggest win of his professional career.
Moloney got back to winning ways in Oklahoma City with a convincing decision win over US star Joshua Greer Jr. a week ago.
“There was a lot on the line with this fight coming off a defeat to [Naoya] Inoue,” Moloney told the Main Event Boxing Podcast.
Moloney dropped to a loss against pound-for-pound superstar Inoue in a world title fight at the end of last year, and that experience, paired with his win against Greer Jr. has the Australian convinced his time atop the bantamweight division will come.
Despite being stopped by Inoue, Moloney “didn’t feel out of place” in the ring with a champion he’d love another shot at, but who he believes won’t be in the division long.
“Once he’s out of the picture, I think there’s a real spot there for me to become the king of this division, and dominate the bantamweight division for the next few years,” Moloney said.
That’s a journey that will ideally resume before the end of the year, when Moloney plans to fight again.
The names on his hit-list? WBC champion Nonito Donaire, WBO titleholder John Riel Casimero, Emmanuel Rodriguez, and Nordine Oubaali.
“I just think they’re very, very winnable fights for me,” he said.
“It excites me that I am right in the mix, that I am capable of beating all these guys and becoming a world champion and dominate in this division.”
Moloney’s only two defeats have come in world title fights; against Rodriguez back in 2020 and Inoue.
And while Rodriguez doesn’t currently hold a belt, Moloney would love the opportunity to get some “revenge”.
“If I get in there again against him, I feel like I could just destroy him,” Moloney said.
“It would still be a good fight, I still think he’s a good fighter, but I just think with how much I’m continuing to improve that it’s a very winnable fight for me.”
As for the two other belt holders in the division, Moloney is eyeing whoever doesn’t much up with Inoue next.
If it’s Donaire, he’s ready.
“It’s a fight that really, really excites me,” he said. “I’ve always actually been a huge fan of Donaire — even going back to before I was even a professional, he was probably up their with my top-3 or top-5 favourite fighters.
“There’s no doubt that even though he’s ageing now, he’s still a very dangerous man with huge power and a huge left hook that you have to be careful of. But I just see myself beating him. I’ve sparred Donaire on two occasions; and I know fighting and sparring are two completely different things, but I did walk away from those spars pretty confident with how I went — and I’ve improved a huge amount since then.”
“I’m just confident I’ve got what it takes to beat a fighter like Donaire. And how incredible would it be because he’s an absolute legend of the sport and will no doubt go down in the Hall of Fame? So, it’s a fight that really excites me and a fight I really hope we can make happen one day.”
All that will have to wait for Jason to finish his two weeks in quarantine; staying in the same room as twin Andrew, who lost to Joshua Franco on the same card last week.