Former Bantamweight world title challenger Jason Moloney scored a one punch knockout over Goodluck Mrema to retain his WBA Oceania Bantamweight championship in the main event of Dragon Fire Boxing’s popular BoxingMania series on Saturday night at the Seagulls Ruby Club in New South Wales, Australia. In what was the sixth installment of the BoxingMania series, Moloney along with his twin brother Andrew were the featured attractions on the card.
After some difficulty in being able to land cleanly on the elusive Mrema early in the fight, Moloney brought the fight to a sudden conclusion landing a flush left hook to the jaw of Mrema sending him down on his knees. Mrema did attempt to beat the count, but was unable to get up before the court of ten concluded. Official time of the stoppage was 2:23 of round three.
Jason Moloney advances to 19-1, with 16 Knockouts. Goodluck Mrema falls to 23-5, with 13 Knockouts.
In a bout for the vacant Australian Light-Heavyweight championship Reagan Dessaix scored an impressive seventh round stoppage over Mitchell Whitelaw. Want was a workmanlike performance for Dessaix ended in the seventh round with a right hand to the head of Whiehead that sent him to the canvas forcing a referee stoppage at 2:34 of round seven.
Reagan Dessaix advances to 17-2, with 12 Knockouts. Mitchell Whitehead falls to 5-2-1, with 2 Knockouts.
Undefeated Jr. Bantamweight contender Andrew Moloney scored a second round stoppage of an overmatched Selemani Bangaiza. Moloney implemented a systematic approach with an emphasis on body punches. Bangaiza was sent to the canvas in round two by what was ruled to be a push.
Bangaiza raised his arm and spit out his mouthpiece moments later appearing to surrender. Official time of the stoppage was 1:57 of round two.
Andrew Moloney advances to 20-0, with 13 Knockouts. Selemani Bangaiza falls to 15-6, with 5 Knockouts.
In a bout for the OPBF Super-Middleweight championship Mose Auimatagi scored a sixth round knockout over Kerry Foley. Auimatagi scored a knockdown of Foley in the second round with a right hand that caused Foley’s glove to touch the canvas. Auimatagi’s ability to get his punches off first and land the harder punches throughout was the story of the fight. A right hand ti the body followed by a left hook to the head sent Foley down for the count in round six.
Official time of the stoppage was 1:23 of round six. Mose Auimatagi advances to 13-1-2, with 9 Knockouts. Kerry Foley falls to 19-5-1, with 16 Knockouts.
Beyond this card featuring the Moloney brothers in separate bouts as they continue their respective climbs towards shots at world championships in their respective careers, this card also represented a significant step forward in the growth of the Australian Boxing scene as it was televised here in the United States on ESPN’s digital subscription sports streaming network ESPN+.
With the Moloney brothers recently signing with promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. and the Australian Boxing scene receiving more exposure here in America than ever before thanks to sports streaming platforms as well as the inception of digital networks ESPN+ and DAZN in the last year, the future for Australian Boxing is bright. After many years of Australian Boxing not receiving the type of international exposure that other countries including the United States have been able to benefit from, a good amount of credit should be given to the various promoters throughout Australia and New Zealand including Dragon Fire Boxing’s Tony Tolj, who have all continued to bang the drum to increase attention, exposure, and recognition for Australian Boxing.
There has never been a better time for boxers who fight out of the Australia and New Zealand region of the world on every level of the sport to be able to gain valuable international exposure. Something that has been long overdue that should be seen as progress for the overall global growth of Boxing.
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