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Naidjala to face Moloney on Feb 24

by Kelvin Chiringa

In his first title defense of 2018, WBA #9, WBO#8, IBF#13 and WBC #18 Bantamweight and undefeated Australian boxer, Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney, will face Immanuel “Prince” Naidjala in Australia on February the 24th , at St Kilda City Stadium in Melbourne Australia, Nestor Sunshine boxing academy has announced.

Moloney will defend his WBA Oceania Bantamweight title and will also be challenging for the coveted Commonwealth title.

He is now undefeated in 15 fights with an excellent knockout record of 15 KO’s, while Naidjala comes in more experienced with 23-4-1 (13KO’s).

Moloney will defend his title for the first time having previously defended his WBA Oceania title at Super Bantamweight 5 times in 17 months.

“I think Immanuel Naidjala will certainly be my toughest opponent to date. Naidjala is a very fast and skillful boxer who lost a close points decision against Tomoki Kameda for the world title so he is obviously a great fighter. I feel that I am definitely ready for this sort of test and I believe that fighting these top level opponents like Naidjala will really bring the best out of me” said Moloney.

On the other hand, Naidjala is grateful for the opportunity coming from 2 losses and will look to redeem himself against a top world rated boxer. 

“I know that I have to win this fight if I am to get my boxing career back on track. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and for the faith my team continue to show me despite the 2 losses. Fighting for the Commonwealth title as well as the WBA Oceania title is a massive opportunity for me and something which I am excited about, and grabbing both titles is exactly what I need to get back on track” said an excited Naidjala.

Boxing promoter, Nestor Tobias said despite his recent setback, he believed Naidjala is still a great boxer and that “it is up to him to go and make the best of this opportunity, that is exactly why we have not given up on him because he deserves another chance to become his great self again.”

“We support and encourage him to remain focused and do the nation proud when he faces Moloney who is a world rated boxer. The future remains bright for our boxers and all they must do is deliver in the ring” said Tobias

Immanuel Naidjala is a proud product of the MTC Nestor Sunshine Promotions.