Although boxing is mostly at a standstill at this time, Andrew Moloney is still excited over the prospects of having big fights once he is back in the ring.
Moloney was supposed to be defending his WBA “Regular” super flyweight title against Israel Gonzalez in Oklahoma in the main event of a Top Rank Boxing card this month. While Moloney was getting ready to fight Gonzalez in his first defense of the title, a bigger fight loomed over the horizon should Moloney had come out on top. Although Moloney holds the organization’s “Regular” title, four-division titlist and future Hall of Famer Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez holds the WBA “Super” title.
There was no guarantee that Moloney would have fought Gonzalez next, but Moloney’s goal had always been to challenge whoever stood atop the WBA in the super flyweight division. That was originally Kal Yafai, whom Moloney wanted to fight for years, but that all changed in February when Gonzalez a ninth-round TKO win over Yafai in Texas to become the new champion. Appearing on the Fightful Boxing Podcast, Moloney said his sights are now on a potential legacy-defining bout against Gonzalez if he doesn't fight Gonzalez next.
“Firstly, the whole reason I wanted to fight Kal was because he held the title. I had been working my way up the WBA rankings and I was so confident I could beat him. After watching the ‘Chocolatito’ fight, I’m even more confident that I would have done the same thing. So, I’m disappointed that fight never happened, but now I have the chance to potentially fight ‘Chocolatito’ who is a legend in the lighter divisions and a legend in the sport. Most people think he’s the best fighter of the last decade. That’s a dream come true for me to fight him. To become a legend, you have to beat a legend and this would be an unbelievable opportunity for me to fight him. We’ll see what happens after all this if I can go straight into that fight or I have to go through Israel Gonzalez first, but I’ll leave that up to my management and Top Rank. That definitely excites me and one that I am confident in winning. I think everyone agrees that ‘Chocolatito’ is heading towards the end of his career and I’m getting better every day so there’s no reason to think I can’t win that fight,” Moloney said.
Instead, the Australian star sits at home, keeping himself in shape, ready for whenever the call comes for him to have a fight. Moloney previously held the WBA Interim belt in late 2019 when he defeated Elton Dharry and was elevated to “Regular” champion months later.
You can check out the full interview in the video at the top of the page. Moloney and his brother Jason also spoke on possibly fighting in empty arenas in the future and doing so at the WWE Performance Center. You can read more about it at this link.