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2020-06-26
Jason Moloney Stops Leonardo Baez at The Bubble
Pictured: Jason Moloney


Bantamweight contender Jason Moloney, the twin brother of former WBA World super flyweight champion Andrew Moloney, scored a 7th round TKO over Leonardo Baez in the main event of last night's card at The Bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In the co-feature, undefeated Abraham "El Super" Nova outpointed Avery Sparrow over 10 rounds.

In the card's other matches, unbeaten Orlando Gonzalez outscored Luis Porozo, "Super Bad" Vlad Panin edged veteran Benjamin Whitaker, Filipino Reymond Yanong won a split decision over Louisiana-born Texan Clay "3rd Degree" Burns, and Kingsley Ibeh avenged his only loss by stopping Waldo Cortes.


Non-title Bantamweight Bout-
WBA Oceania champion Jason Moloney (WBO #2, WBA #3, WBC #4, IBF #4, TTR #6, The Ring #6, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board #7; 21-1, 18 KOs)
TKO-7 3:00
WBA NABA super bantamweight champion Leonardo Baez (WBA #5, WBC #32- both at 122; 18-3, 9 KOs)
- The 24-year-old Baez, of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, was a substitute. Moloney, 29, of Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia, was originally scheduled to fight WBA International bantamweight champion Oscar Negrete (The Ring #9, WBA #12, WBC #13; 19-2-2, 7 KOs). Negrete was forced to withdraw because of an eye injury.
- Moloney weighed in at 117 3/4; Baez at 118 1/4.
- Although cut by his right eye in the round 3, Baez was competitive through the fifth round.
- Moloney increased the pressure in rounds 6 and 7, landing numerous power shots to both Baez' head and body. In round 7, Baez suffered a second cut, this one by his left eye. Battered and bleeding, Baez could not continue after the seventh round.
- Moloney is now 1-1 in bouts outside of his native Australia, having lost to then champion Emmanuel Rodriguez by split decision in an IBF world title bout held in Orlando, Florida on October 20, 2018.

Non-title Lightweight Bout-
WBA NABA super featherweight champion Abraham "El Super" Nova (WBA #6, WBO #7, WBC #34- all at 130; 19-0, 14 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 10
Avery Sparrow (10-2, 1 NC, 3 KOs)
- Sparrow, 26, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a late substitute. Nova, also 26, was originally slated to fight Toka Kahn Clary (WBC #33 at 130; 27-2, 18 KOs).
- Nova, who resides in Albany, New York, weighed in at 131 3/4; Sparrow at 131 1/2.
- The scores were 99-91, 97-93, and 96-94.
- Bobby Davis, scoring the bout for TTR's Boxing and Combat Sports Discussion section, also had Nova outpointing Sparrow by a wide margin, 99-91.

Featherweight Bout-
Orlando Gonzalez (Orlando Gonzalez-Ruiz; 15-0, 10 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 8
Luis Porozo (15-3, 8 KOs)
- Gonzalez, a 24-year-old southpaw from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, weighed in at 126. Porozo, 29, from Santo Domingo, Ecuador, weighed in at 125.
- Gonzalez decked Porozo in round 2 and in round 7.
- The scores were 77-73, 77-73, 76-74.
- TTR's Bobby Davis had Gonzalez as the winner, 78-72, with Porozo taking just the 5th and 6th rounds.

Super Welterweight Bout-
"Super Bad" Vlad Panin (8-1, 4 KOs)
Maj. Dec. 6
Benjamin Whitaker (13-4, 3 KOs)
- Both the Belarus-born, California-based Panin, 24, and the 36-year-old Texan Whitaker weighed in at 149.
- The scores were 57-57, 58-56, and 58-56.

Welterweight Bout-
Reymond Yanong (11-5-1, 9 KOs)
Split Dec. 6
Clay "3rd Degree" Burns (9-8-2, 4 KOs)
- This bout, held at The Bubble at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was part of the Moloney-Baez undercard.
- Yanong, 26, weighed in at 143; the 33-year-old Burns at 143 1/2.
- The scores were 58-56 for Burns and 59-55 and 58-56 for Yanong.
- Bobby Davis, again doing the round-by-round scoring for TTR, had Yanong winning, 58-56.

Heavyweight Bout-
Kingsley Ibeh (4-1, 4 KOs)
TKO-4 1:41
Waldo Cortes (Waldo Cortes Acosta; 5-3, 2 KOs)
- Both heavyweights fight out of Phoenix, Arizona.
- The Nigerian-born Ibeh, 26, weighed in at 286 1/4; the 28-year-old Cortes at 246.
- Ibeh floored Cortes in round 4.
- Ibeh is now 1-1 versus Cortes.

 
Article By: Ken Pollitt with Bobby Davis contributing