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Moloney brothers remain unbeaten with wins over Dacquel, Naidjala

Andrew and Jason Moloney. Photo credit: Ryan Songalia
Fighters Network

The Moloney brothers Andrew and Jason kept their unbeaten runs going, defeating Rene Dacquel and Immanuel Naidjala respectively Saturday night at Town Hall in St. Kilda, Australia.

Jason Moloney (16-0, 13 knockouts) used a smothering body assault to break down Naidjala (23-5-1, 13 KOs) before an overhand right and follow up assault in the corner compelled the referee to stop the fight at the 1:20 mark of the third round to win the vacant Commonwealth bantamweight title. It was the first time the Namibian fighter had been stopped in his nearly nine-year career.

“I thought it was a little bit early stoppage but he never threw anything back,” Tony Tolj, who manages the twins, said of Jason’s victory. “And he was aggressive and landed everything with power. Just would like more rounds.”

Andrew (16-0, 10 KOs), a super flyweight who is younger than his twin by a minute, had a bit longer night with his Filipino foe, but out-punched Dacquel (20-7-1, 6 KOs) to a unanimous decision by scores of 119-109, 118-111 and 117-111 to win the OPBF belt in the main event. It was the biggest win for the 27-year-old Andrew so far as Dacquel had been rated in the top 10 by the IBF and WBC at 115 pounds, and had won three straight fights in Japan heading into his fight with Moloney.

Tolj says he expects the twins to return on a card in Australia some time in May, with a top-15 opponent being targeted for Jason and another step-up for Andrew.

“Andrew I thought should have been 11 to 1 at best. Am happy he got the rounds in.”

Both Moloney brothers are rated in the top 15 of the WBA and IBF in their weight classes.