Moloney backs Rodriguez to beat Inoue

Australia’s Jason Moloney talks about his WBSS experience, semi-final predictions and the desire to become a world champion.

January 18th, 2019

Australia’s Jason Moloney talks about his WBSS experience, semi-final predictions and the desire to become a world champion.

On 20 October Moloney was denied the IBF World Bantamweight title by a split decision in the 118 lb Ali Trophy quarter-final against unbeaten Puerto Rican strongman Emmanuel Rodriguez in Orlando, Florida.

It was one the closest and most exciting fights so far of Season 2 of the World Boxing Super Series. It was a back-and-forth battle for 12 high-intensity rounds, a slugfest ending with the first professional defeat for the ambitious Aussie.

The scores were 115-113 for Moloney and two times 115-113 for Rodriguez. And the fight was righteously named a ‘FOTY’ contender by Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland.

Despite the defeat, Moloney more than displayed that ‘The Smooth One’ belongs on the big stage through a varied arsenal, admirable courage and not least … a lot of heart in the championship rounds.

How are you looking back at your experience in the World Boxing Super Series?

“I absolutely loved being involved in the WBSS. Obviously, we didn’t get the result we wanted which was devastating but to represent Australia in the biggest tournament in world boxing and to fight for a world title was very special and something I will never forget.

“To lose a split decision by just one round was heartbreaking but I believed I showed that I belong at the top of the division. I learned a lot from this fight, I’m even more hungry and I just can’t wait for another chance at a World Title.” 

How do you predict Inoue vs Rodriguez and Donaire vs Tete?

“Both of these semi-finals are great fights which could really go either way. I’m leaning slightly towards Inoue and Donaire, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I was wrong with both. I really think Rodriguez has a good chance to beat Inoue if he fights the right fight and fights with confidence. I’m very interested to see how both of these fights play out.

What are your plans for the near future?

“My goal is to fight for a world title as soon as possible! As I said I learned a lot from my fight with Rodriguez and I really believe I have what it takes to become a World Champion. For the near future, I will continue to work hard a do whatever it takes to get another opportunity. “

You are determined to become World Champion, when and how do you want to see it happen?

“I would really love the opportunity to be the alternate for the semi-finals. As I said, I loved being involved in the WBSS and if there is a chance to get back in the mix then I would put my hand up straight away!”

“Fighting against the best fighters in the division and fighting for world titles is exactly what I want. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to have a World Title around my waist as soon as possible.”

Read: ‘Rodriguez believes he can tame the Monster’ here.

Details, dates and venues for the sensational semi-finals of Season II of the World Boxing Super Series will soon be announced.

WBSS Season 2 Semi-Finals:


  • Nonito Donaire vs Zolani Tete
  • Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez


  • Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh
  • Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk


  • Mairis Briedis vs Krzysztof Glowacki
  • Yunier Dorticos vs Andrew Tabiti