Top Rank on ESPN broadcast their second fight in three days from the “Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the nights main event was a bantamweight contest between Jason Moloney and Leonardo Baez. The contest was billed as battle of the twins due to both Moloney and Baez having twin brothers who also fight professionally. It was a tremendous effort on Moloney’s part, to make sure there would not be a repeat of what took place on Tuesday night when Jason’s brother Andrew lost his WBA 115 lb title against Joshua Franco.
Jason Moloney started the fight strong staying in the pocket then proceeded to outwork and out land Baez throughout. It was not for lack of effort on behalf of Baez but the volume, shorter punches and willingness to trade by Moloney overwhelmed Baez throughout. With the exception of round two, Jason Moloney would dominate every round especially to the body of Baez while working off the jab.
At the end of round seven, the corner of Baez dealing with two cuts, seeing their fighter absorb more punches than he threw wisely stops the fight giving Jason Moloney his twenty first win.
Jason Moloney now stands at 21-1(18) while Leonardo Baez drops to 18-2 (9).
In the co-feature undefeated lightweight prospect Abraham Nova defeated slick boxing Avery Sparrow by unanimous decision. While Sparrow started out strong controlling the first half of the contest leaving Nova baffled on how to slow Sparrow down, in the sixth round a hard body shot did just that. It would then be Abraham Nova who pulled ahead for the remainder of the contest as Sparrow continued trying to shake off being stunned in round six.
When scores were announced Judges seen it 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94 all in favor of Abraham Nova who improved to 19-0 (14), Avery Sparrow suffering his second career defeat now stands at 10-2 (3)
In a rugged eight bout, undefeated Featherweight prospect Orlando Gonzalez took on veteran Luis Porozo. The hard hitting Gonzalez dominated and dropped Porozo in the second and seventh rounds en route to a unanimous decision.
With the win Orlando Gonzalez improved to 15-0 (10) while Luis Porozo now stands at 15-2 (8).
In the four round heavyweight opener Kingsley Ibeh 4-1(4) def. Waldo Cortes Acosta 5-3(2) via TKO 4.