MELBOURNE, Australia (Could 11, 2022) — Australian two-time bantamweight world title challenger Jason “Mayhem” Moloney and New Zealand-born heavyweight contender Junior Fa hope to showcase their skills for the house area followers at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, on the undercard of the George Kambosos Jr.-Devin Haney undisputed light-weight world title showdown. The Kambosos-Haney world championship occasion is projected to be one of many greatest boxing occasions ever on Australian soil.
Moloney will battle former world title challenger Aston Palicte in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBO Worldwide bantamweight title, whereas Fa will tackle Australian fan-favorite Lucas Browne in a 10-rounder for the WBA Oceania and IBF Worldwide heavyweight title belts.
Kambosos-Haney, Moloney-Palicte, Fa-Browne, and an eight-round heavyweight battle between Hemi Ahio (18-0, 13 KOs), of Auckland, New Zealand, and Joe Jones (13-4, 10 KOs), of Jersey Metropolis. N.J, will probably be televised LIVE on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ Saturday, June 4, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
In a swing bout, cruiserweight David Nyika (2-0, 2 KOs) will probably be showcased in 6/4-rounder in opposition to an opponent to be named. Nyika, from Hamilton, New Zealand, captured a bronze medal on the Tokyo Olympics final summer season. A beloved sporting hero in his nation, Nyika has earned his stripes as a sparring accomplice for heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Following the principle occasion, streaming dwell and solely in the US on ESPN+, world-rated junior bantamweight contender Andrew Moloney (23-2, 15 KOs) will battle Nicaragua’s Alexander Espinoza (21-3-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-rounder, and Devin Haney Promotions-signed junior middleweight prospect Amari Jones (5-0, 5 KOs) will battle Ankush Hooda (3-0-1, 1 KO) in a scheduled six-rounder.
“Relating to presenting an undercard worthy of its most important occasion — the battle between world champions George Kambosos Jr. and Devin Haney for the undisputed light-weight world championship — it’s Aussie Guidelines. Australian battle followers in Marvel Stadium and viewers across the globe will probably be handled to a feast of thrilling all-action bouts, many that includes contenders and prospects from Australia, in addition to New Zealand. And people not televised dwell on ESPN will probably be streamed to the U.S. on ESPN+,” stated Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Leisure. “We’re ready to make historical past in Melbourne.”
Browne (30-3, 26 KOs) gained the WBA Oceania title with a knockout victory over Faiga Opelu in December and is a former WBA world titlist. The 32-year-old Fa (19-1, 10 KOs) is trying to get his profession again on observe after dropping to former world champion Joseph Parker in his final outing in February 2021. Fa has notable wins over American veterans Devin Vargas and Dominick Guinn.
“I’d love nothing greater than to battle for one more world title, and Junior Fa is standing in my manner,” Browne stated. “If I can put him away early, that can ship a message to the boxing world that I’m removed from completed. He has solely misplaced as soon as in his profession, to Joseph Parker. I plan handy him his second defeat.”
“I’m 100% again myself, however I’m not taking Lucas calmly, as he’s a former world champ and was stopped by Paul Gallen with some unlawful blows, so I don’t depend that as a loss for him,” Fa stated. “He has his energy, and we noticed him use it to KO his final opponent. I’ll be getting one of the best Lucas Browne for this battle as I’m in the best way of him being a contender once more. It’s an enormous alternative for him and it’s going to be a tricky battle.”
Moloney (23-2, 18 KOs) has re-ignited his profession since an October 2020 knockout loss to pound-for-pound nice Naoya Inoue. He defeated high contender Joshua Greer Jr. final August and made his 2022 debut in April with a one-sided choice over Francisco Javier Pedroza. He’s at present ranked No. 2 by the WBC and No. 3 by WBO. Palicte (28-4-1, 23 KOs), from Bago Metropolis, Philippines, twice challenged for world titles at junior bantamweight and has gained three consecutive fights. He’s world-rated No. 6 by the IBF.
Moloney stated, “I’m grateful to High Rank and Lou DiBella for the chance to be a part of the largest occasion in Australian boxing historical past. It’s a dream come true. I’m anticipating a tricky battle in opposition to a former world title challenger in Aston Palicte, as he has proven that he can carry out on the high degree. I will probably be coming with every part I’ve to ship the spectacular efficiency of my profession. Prepare for Mayhem!”
The undercard, which will probably be streamed within the U.S. solely on ESPN+, options three extremely touted Ferocious Promotions prospects: Terry Nickolas, Isaias Sette and Hussein Fayad. Nickolas (2-1, 2 KOs), from Sydney, takes a step up in opposition expertise when he rumbles with Lachlan Higgins (7-4-1, 2 KOs), from Mornington, Australia, in a six-round junior middleweight bout. Junior middleweight Sette and junior light-weight Fayad, each from Sydney, will probably be making their professional debuts in four-round bouts. Sette will battle Melbourne-born knockout artist Luke Gersbeck (2-0, 2 KOs), whereas Fayad will tackle Pom Thanawut Phetkum (1-1), from Springvale, Australia. Taylah Robertson (4-1, 1 KO), from Brisbane, Australia, and Sarah Higginson (3-0-1, 1 KO), from Perth, Australia, will face off in a five-round junior bantamweight battle. Each fighters enter this bout having gained their earlier title fights. Robertson scored an eight-round unanimous choice over Kylie Fulmer of their Australia Feminine bantamweight title battle whereas Higginson scored her first knockout, stopping Danni Mace within the fourth spherical to seize the vacant Australian Nationwide Boxing Federation Australasian Feminine bantamweight title.