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Jason Moloney rises to No.1 in WBO, WBC

Australian boxer Jason Moloney has added the No.1 WBO ranking to his top WBC position following his demolition of highly rated Filipino Aston Palicte.

The Victorian took down Palicte with a TKO in the third round at Marvel Stadium earlier this month.

The result extended Moloney’s record to 24-2 (19KO) and positions him for another crack at a world title.

The 31-year-old this week rose to No.1 in the WBO rankings.

“Fighting at Marvel Stadium in front of 40,000 people was truly one of the best moments of my life,” Moloney told AAP.

“Walking out to that ring and seeing that many people in the stands is something that I’ll never forget.

“To then have such a great win in front of my hometown of Melbourne and all of my family and friends, it really was a dream come true.

“I think that was the best performance of my career and proved that I am ready to fight for the world title.

“Having the WBC and the WBO both list me as the world No.1 is extremely exciting and it gives me even more hunger to continue working hard and to achieve my dream of becoming world champion.”

Moloney has had two previous world title shots, losing a split decision in October, 2018 to then IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriguez.

In 2020 he took on rampaging WBA, IBF and WBC champion Naoya Inoue and lost by a seventh-round knockout, but has won three straight since.

After easing past Palicte, Moloney declared he was ready to take on Brit Paul Butler, who is the new WBO bantamweight champion.

Butler earlier this month called for a shot at fighting Inoue.

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