The main event of Thursday’s Top Rank on ESPN card coming live from the Las Vegas, NV bubble featured once defeated Australian boxer, Jason Moloney, 21-1 (18 KOs) face off against Mexico’s Leonard Baez, 18-3 (9 KOs). Moloney, twin brother of Andrew Maloney who lost his WBA Super Flyweight Title on Tuesday, was extra motivated to ensure they didn’t leave Australia 0 for 2. Interestingly enough, Baez himself along with junior featherweight Eduardo Baez.
The first started out at a decent pace as Baez worked behind his jab for which Moloney was able to counter with sharp hooks to the head and body. Baez at times swung and missed wildly. In the second, Moloney continued to look sharp early in the second as he was able to land hooks to the body of the plodding Baez who was keen on getting to the inside. Moloney continued to use his distance to time Baez.
The two fighters both got off solid exchanges on the inside as Moloney chose to meet Baez up close and personal midway through round three. Baez ripped off a four-punch combination to the head and body near the minute mark as he looked to step up his offense. Baez found himself getting caught by Moloney’s left hook on the inside which opened up a cut on the left eye of Baez. Moloney invested in the body in the round for landing a number of clean, hard shots to the body of Baez.
Moloney continued to be the ring general in the fifth as he was getting the better of Baez on both the inside and outside. Moloney remained aggressive and found himself pushing Baez to the ropes while digging into his body. M9loney seemed to hurt Baez to the body with about a minute left in the round and continued to aim towards his torso. Moloney continued on the offensive in the sixth and the game Baez found himself missing more of his shots as fatigue started to set in. Moloney landed a number of hard-right hooks as Baez continued to miss. Moloney at this point had firmly captured every bit of momentum in the fight and it seemed to be a matter of time before he potentially got Baez out of there.
Monloney continued to turn up the heat in the seventh and opened up another cut on the opposite side of Baez’s eye after a slew of shots on the inside. In what was probably the best given the trajectory of the fight, Baez couldn’t answer the bell for the eight round and the fight was stopped by referee Kenny Bayless. With this, Moloney picked up his fourth straight win in a brilliant effort.