Moloney tops Astrolabio for WBA bantam belt

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Photos: Sumio Yamada

In a clash for the vacant WBO bantamweight world title, Jason “Mayhem” Moloney (26-2, 19 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision over Vincent Astrolabio (18-4, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California. Moloney, in his third world title challenge, patiently outboxed Astrolabio in a tactical bout that often elicited boos from the audience. Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 116-112.

Afterward, Moloney said, “I thought I won it going away, but all that matters is the victory. And now I have this belt for the rest of my life. I broke my hand in the third or fourth round. It hurt every time I threw it. But I knew this was my last chance to make my dream come true.

“This is half the job done for Team Moloney. Next week, [twin brother] Andrew will join me as champion of the world.”

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  • Congrats Moloney, well deserved. The judge who scored it 114-114 should be suspended

  • I don’t know how that fight was close. I literally gave Astrolabio two rounds. He just followed Moloney around looking for a knockout (usually by uppercut) and got outworked round after round.

  • Maloney gifted a world title, just like Rolly Romero tomorrow night, due to selected opponents.

  • Just having a crazy ass name like “Astrolabio” gets you a few extra points.

  • Moloney to good on the night, stuck to his game plan and won. Well deserved.

  • Well disciplined fight by moloney. Astro should have stepped up his game like in the 7th or 8th. I’m glad moloney stayed the course.

  • Everyone knows he’s not the real bantam champ… That’s what sucks with these four sanctioning bodies..

  • A lifetime of hard work and discipline has finally paid off.
    Congratulations Jason!!!!!
    The judge who scored it 114- 114
    must be related to the other clowns re the Liam Wilson and Steve Spark debacle!!

  • If Andrew Maloney wins next week you will have twins as champions. Besides the Charlo twins are there any other sets of twins boxing professionally?

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