Andrew Moloney says it was only a few weeks back that he finally stopped watching tape of his only boxing loss.
“I was becoming frustrated by it,” he says simply.
“That, and I’d seen enough.”
It has now been five months since Moloney was unceremoniously stripped of his tag as Australia’s sole world boxing champion.
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More than conceding his WBA superflyweight strap to American Joshua Franco, or losing his first of 22 fights via unanimous decision, the Aussie also burst both eardrums, broke his nose and nearly vomited while waiting on the scorecards to be read.
Five times, Moloney has watched the fight back in full.
Over 20 times, he has analysed individual rounds.
“And thought about it every day since,” he insists.
“Every single day.”
Which is why from the moment he arrived back in Sydney hotel quarantine, this fighting father-of-one has been training to get said strap back.
An opportunity which finally arrives this Sunday in Las Vegas, when he gets a rematch against Franco inside the MGM Grand.
Andrew Moloney is determined to win back his belt against Joshua Franco. Picture: Top Rank via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Televised live on Main Event, the bout also serves as curtain-raiser to the WBO welterweight title blockbuster between undefeated champ Terence Crawford and UK star Kell Brook.
Apart from regaining his world title, a win would pitch Moloney into a host of big fights with strong purses in the US.
Quizzed on the countless hours he has spent analysing his only career loss, Moloney told The Saturday Telegraph from inside the MGM Bubble this week: “I was still watching it when we arrived here in Las Vegas six weeks ago.
“But then a few weeks back as we were going through it again, I just got up and said ‘nah, I’m not watching this anymore’.
“Obviously it was frustrating the crap out of me because I know I’m a much better fighter than what I’d shown that night. But I’d also seen enough. I know now what I need to do.”
Which is what?
“I sat in front of Franco far too long,” Moloney continued.
“The injuries played some part (in how he fought), but I was also making mistakes. Giving him the opportunity to punch. And you can’t do that with anyone at the top level.
“So that’s something I’ve worked on a lot this camp and something I feel I’ve corrected.
“So (Franco) will know from the first minute this weekend that the guy he fought last time, it isn’t the same one.”
The bout will cap off a huge year for Moloney and twin brother Jason, who together will have fought four times in the world’s boxing capital — including three title fights.
Only last month, Jason Moloney lost his super bantamweight title tilt against Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue, where both the WBA and IBF titles were up for grabs.
Originally published asVision of defeat spurs Moloney in title rematch
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