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Former bantamweight title challenger Jason Moloney (25-2, 19 KOs) delivered a veritable boxing lesson against hard-hitting Thai boxer Nawaphon Kaikanha (56-2-1, 46 KOs) in a 12-round WBC bantamweight world title eliminator. Moloney won via unanimous decision.

The Australian controlled the fight with his jab and lateral movement. Kaikanha tried to close the distance with power shots as he tried to take advantage of the 79% knockout ratio with which he entered the fight. In the fifth round, Moloney managed to push his opponent against the ropes, where he landed more power shots.

During the following rounds, the pattern remained the same: Kaikanha would try to land with wide shots while Moloney boxed and counterpunched from a comfortable distance. Moloney shined with scores of 118-110 2x and 119-109

“I really enjoyed it. It didn’t feel like the most exciting fight of my career,” Moloney said. “But as my coach says: Win the fight and look good next time. I promise you all that there are more exciting fights to come. We’ve got to wait and see what {Naoya} Inoue does. It looks like he’ll be moving up. So, the WBC title will become vacant, and that’s my dream. The WBC world title is up next.”

In undercard action:

Junior Bantamweights: Andrew Moloney (25-2, 16 KOs) scored a 10-round unanimous decision victory against Norbelto Jimenez (31-10-6, 16 KOs) to capture the vacant WBO International 115-pound title. Scorecards: 97-90, 98-88 and 98-89.

Junior Featherweights: Cherneka Johnson (15-1, 6 KOs) made the first successful defense of her IBF junior featherweight world title by beating Susie Ramadan (29-4, 12 KOs) via 10-round unanimous decision. Scores: 97-90, 96-92 and 96-91.

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