Australian boxer Jason Moloney reveals he fought nine rounds in agony with a broken hand to win world title in stunning upset – and refused to tell his trainer in case he stopped the fight
- Jason Moloney fought with broken hand
- Aussie says it hurt every time he punched
- Underdog stunned fans to win world title
Australia’s Jason Moloney has revealed that he fought on despite the pain of a broken hand for most of his WBO bantamweight title win over Vincent Astrolabio on Sunday.
Moloney, 32, put on a boxing masterclass against his dangerous Filipino opponent, using his educated jab and classy footwork to claim a 114-114, 115-113, 116-112 victory at Stockton Arena.
What makes the win even more remarkable is that Moloney did it all with a busted right hand.
‘I broke my hand in the third or fourth round. It hurt every time I threw it. But I knew this was my last chance to make my dream come true,’ he said afterwards.
The pain didn’t slow him down, with Moloney’s punch output and accuracy actually increasing after the injury.
Jason Moloney has revealed that he fought for most of Sunday’s underdog win with a broken right hand
Moloney (pictured after the bout) says he broke his hand in the third or fourth round
After the bout, ESPN writer Mark Kriegel posted a photo to social media of the Aussie receiving medical attention in hospital.
‘@jasonmoloney in the hospital after broke his hand in the third around of his bantamweight title fight last night,’ he wrote.
‘Manager @tonytolj said he refused to to tell his trainer – Angelo Hyde – for fear of stopping the fight. Great win, tough guy,’
The Aussie was clearly the busier and more disciplined fighter throughout the contest, with commentator and former world champion Tim Bradley announcing that Moloney could get the win with just his jab and footwork alone.
Hall of Fame inductee Bradley was outraged when the scorecards were announced and he saw that one of the judges had scored the fight even.
‘They tried to rob him!’ Bradley exclaimed on ESPN.
Moloney was booed heavily by the crowd afterwards – which Bradley thought was unnecessary.
‘They can boo all they want, but you’re a champion, young man,’ he said.
The Aussie champion said that he felt pain every time he threw his right hand
Moloney’s punch output and accuracy increased after the painful injury
‘You are a champion.’
Boxing legend Andre Ward was very impressed by the Aussie’s performance
‘This was beautiful, brilliant work by Moloney,’ Ward said on the commentary.
‘This was a shutout performance, I believe, for Jason Moloney.
‘There’s no doubt in my mind he won this fight. I don’t see how the judges can take this from him. There was a clear winner here and that was Jason Moloney.’
In two previous world title attempts, Moloney lost a contentious split decision to IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez in 2018 and was stopped in seven rounds by IBF and WBA title holder Naoya Inoue in 2020.
Undisputed champion Inoue has moved up a division, leaving his titles vacant. Moloney has won his last five fights since the loss to Inoue to improve to 26-2.
Astrolabio dropped to 18-4 after suffering his first loss in seven fights.
Moloney’s twin brother Andrew will fight Japan’s Junto Nakatani in Las Vegas next weekend for the vacant WBO flyweight title.