By James K. Attaglo Wilson

Millions of Australian boxing followers will on Saturday, October 31 have their eyes fixed in Las Vegas as Aussie star – Jason “Mayhem” Moloney look forward to upset Naoya “Monster” Inoue for the WBA/IBF/Ring Magazine bantamweight world titles in the bubble at the MGM Grand.

There is a rich history between the two countries – Australia and Japan.

Should he beat Inoue who’s regarded as one of the best pound for pound boxers in the world, Moloney [21-1, 18KOs] will become the third Australian to defeat a Japanese opponent at 118 pounds for world title honors, after Aussie boxing icon Lionel Rose defied the odds by winning a hard fought unanimous decision over Masahiko “Fighting” Harada in February 1968 winning the WBC and WBA world titles, and later defended those titles against second Japanese challenger, Takao Sakurai in July of the same year [1968].

Again, Hall of Famer – Jeff Fenech accomplished the same feat by capturing the IBF bantamweight world crown by stopping champion, Satoshi Shingaki in April of 1985 and followed it up again in August of that same year with again, a brutal TKO victory.

Speaking the the media yesterday, Moloney said his goal is to be the best boxer in the division [bantamweight] and is happy to go into this contest as the underdog:

“Every fighter should want to fight the best. That’s why we’re in this sport. My dream and my goal is to be the best bantamweight in the world, and the only way to make that happen is to beat Inoue. I’ve been working towards this opportunity, and have wanted this opportunity, for a long time. It’s finally here. I’m completely confident, and I know I’ve got what it takes to beat him. Saturday night’s the opportunity to prove it. I can’t wait. I’m ready to go.”

“I love being the underdog, and I love proving people wrong and going out there and, as I’ve said before, shocking the world. I know a lot of people don’t give me a chance in this fight, and that just gives me extra motivation and extra fire in the belly to go out there and show people what can be done. People place some of these fighters like Inoue and Lomachenko on this pedestal and think that they’re unbeatable, but they’re not. We’re all human. We all got two arms and two legs, and everyone has weaknesses. Everybody can be beaten.”

“Me and {twin brother} Andrew walked into the boxing gym together for our first day 17 years ago. There’s been a lot of hard work and sacrifices, and we’ve grown together every step of the way, and rode the roller coaster together. A lot of ups and a lot of downs and a lot of hard work. A lot of blood, sweat and tears, and in three weeks’ time, we can get on a plane together with four world titles and go home to Australia and celebrate together with each other, but also with our friends and family and everyone who supported us since day one.”

His manager, Tony Tolj also said it best, “We don’t run from the sun, we run towards it”.