Rodriguez-Moloney & Dorticos-Masternak Final Presser!
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“I Am Not Leaving the Ring Without the World Title”!
(October 18th) Rodriguez-Moloney & Dorticos-Masternak went head-to-head in Orlando after confident words from the top table at Thursday’s press conference ahead of Saturday’s Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals at the CFE Arena in Orlando.
Unbeaten IBF World Bantamweight Champion Emmanuel Rodriguez from Puerto Rico is ready to face his mandatory, Australia’s unbeaten Jason Maloney.
“I am looking forward to Saturday,” said Rodriguez. “I feel good, and I hope Moloney is in great shape because he is going to fight a real fighter.”
A big Puerto Rican crowd is expected to support Rodriguez on Saturday.
“It is really an honour to be the first Puerto Rican to defend his title in Orlando. I am ready to put on a great show in front of my countrymen.”
Jason Moloney has – not surprisingly – completely other plans for his night on Saturday. In the build-up for the fight he has promised to ‘shock the world’, and at Thursday’s press conference he continued his confident attitude.
“I am here to achieve my dream and become world champion,” said Moloney. “Preparations have been absolutely perfect. We have been here for three weeks. We have done everything to make sure it is possible to achieve my dream. I want that world title more than anything in the world and I am not leaving the ring without it.”
“I am coming to this tournament as a bit of an underdog, but I am here to make a statement. He to show what I am capable of.”
The second quarter-final on Saturday is cruiserweight clash between Cuba’s Yunier Dorticos, a former WBA world champion and a semi-finalist of Season I one of the World Boxing Super Series, vs Poland’s Mateusz Masternak, a former European Champion.
“On Saturday I am going for the knockout. Everyone knows that I always dome to do a great fight and that is what you will see on Saturday.”
“I am here to prove that I am the best. That’s why I’m back. I’m going to win this tournament.
A cool and calm Masternak said the fight is important for his further career.
“I am very happy to be in the tournament, and I believe I will beat Dorticos. Our styles speak for themselves and simply we just have to see what happens on Saturday.”
Tickets for the WBSS Quarter-Finals – Rodriguez vs Moloney & Dorticos vs Masternak – starting from $30 (plus fees) are on sale at TicketMaster.com.
Moloney: “The Mood is Fantastic,
We Have Shared Plenty of Laughs”!
(October 16th) Australia’s Jason Moloney shares in-depth insight into his preparations ahead of the Ali Trophy Quarter-Final against Puerto Rico’s IBF World Bantamweight Champion Emmanuel Rodriguez October 20 at the CFE Arena, Orlando, USA.
When did you travel to Orlando?
“We flew over to Orlando on September 27 to give ourselves a good three weeks over here to settle in and acclimatize perfectly before fight night. Obviously, Australia is very far away and the time difference is huge so we came nice and early to make sure that we will perform at our absolute best.”
How have you been setting up your camp?
“We have a really great camp going over here. We arranged great sparring and we are working very hard but the mood is fantastic and we have shared plenty of laughs. We have a pool at our house and we bought a table tennis table which has produced some fierce competitions. Physically and mentally I am in a really great place right now.”
Can you share other details from your preparations?
“We are all here for one purpose and that is to become World Champion. The whole team here is going above and beyond to make sure I have everything I need to perform at my absolute best.”
“Everything from my meals, training, massage and recovery, everything is perfect. As always, we are leaving no stone unturned in our preparation.”
How is it to see yourself on big billboards in Orlando?
“Being on the other side of the world and seeing myself on big billboards and posters around the streets really is an amazing feeling. This is where I want to be, in the big fights and on the biggest stage. There will be no better feeling in the world than having my hand raised on October 20.”
What can the fans expect from you on October 20?
“The fans can expect an explosive, entertaining, all action fight! I am willing to do whatever it takes to make sure I win this fight. This has been my dream for many, many years and I will not let this opportunity slip.”
Did you watch Inoue-Payano, and what do you think of it?
“Yes, I watched the Inoue v Payano fight. Obviously, Payano got caught early, which can happen, this is boxing but right now my only focus is Emmanuel Rodriguez and becoming the new IBF World Champion.”
The second Ali Trophy quarter-final bout of the huge night of boxing in Orlando, Florida is a cruiserweight clash between Cuban Yunier Dorticos and Poland’s Mateusz Masternak.
Tete & Tabiti
Forced to Work Hard to Advance to WBSS Semis!
(October 13th) Zolani Tete (28-3, 21 KOs) and Andrew Tabiti (17-0, 13 KOs) both score unanimous decision wins after twelve tough rounds in Saturday’s Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals at the Ekaterinburg Expo, Ekaterinburg Russia.
“It was a good fight,” said Tete. “My jab and footwork were decisive.”
The South African defended his WBO Bantamweight World title, in the battle of the southpaws, by outpointing Russian Mikhail Aloyan.
The judges scored it 114-111, 114-111 and 114-110 after twelve competitive rounds all in favour of ‘Last Born’. However, Aloyan, a two-time world champion as an amateur but with only four professional fights, impressed his experienced opponent.
“Aloyan proved he is one of the best by going 12 rounds with me. He is a clever fighter who will become a world champion one day.”
In the semi-final, Tete will face the winner of Ryan Burnett vs Nonito Donaire which takes place on November 3rd in Glasgow.
“I wish Ryan Burnett will win, and I think he will. I always wanted to meet him.”
In the second quarter-final of the evening, a cruiserweight clash between American Andrew Tabiti and Russian Ruslan Fayfer (23-1, 16 KOs), the scores were 116-11, 115-112 and 114-113 all in favour of the ‘The Beast’.
After a cautious opening of the Ali Trophy quarter-final and IBF final eliminator, Tabiti was considerably better in mid rounds, and in the last two rounds where he troubled Fayfer.
Fayfer did play his part, especially in rounds eight to ten, when he bulldozed his way in to try and land a decisive blow, but in the end, he did not have enough in the tank to switch the fight to his side.
“The guy was really awkward, he wanted to make it dirty,” said Tabiti. “My game plan was to be relaxed at the beginning and then getting off towards the end of the fight.”
Tabiti will face the winner of next Saturday’s quarter-final in Orlando between Poland’s Mateusz Masternak and Cuba’s Yunier Dorticos.
“I think Dorticos will win next week,” concluded Tabiti.
Moloney: “My Time to Shine
I Will Put On A Spectacular Performance!”
(September 12th) Australia’s Jason Moloney promises a ‘very special’ performance in his Ali Trophy Quarter-Final against Emmanuel Rodriguez October 20 at the CFE Arena, Orlando, USA.
“I can’t wait to get over to Orlando,” said Moloney. “I really feel like this is my time to shine. I have been training so hard to achieve my dream of becoming World Champion and I will not let this opportunity slip.”
27-year-old Moloney (17-0, 14 KOs) had a prolific amateur career before joining the ranks of the professionals, including competing in the 2010 Commonwealth Games at only age 19. Since turning pro in 2014 Moloney has stayed unbeaten, and the ‘The Smooth One’ believes he can continue the winning streak and take the next step in his division.
The quarter-final ahead of him, a mandatory challenge against IBF World Bantamweight Champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (18-0, 12 KOs) from Puerto Rico, is the biggest test to date. A test Moloney feels comfortable in solving.
“I take great pride in being the first fighter to represent Australia in the World Boxing Super Series and I am 110% ready to bring this World Title back to Australia and advancing into the semifinals,” said Moloney.
“I’m not just in this tournament to make up the numbers, we truly believe that we have what it takes to go all the way.”
Fighting in the U.S. is nothing new to the Australian from Kingscliff, New South Wales, but this time the whole world will be watching.
“I fought over in the U.S. as an amateur but this will be my first time as a professional so I’m really looking forward to showing the U.S. and the worldwide audience exactly what I am capable of and putting on a spectacular performance.”
“Training has been fantastic, my team and I are very happy with how things are coming together. Rodriguez is a good fighter, but on October 20 I believe you are going to witness something very special!”
The second Ali Trophy bout of the huge night of boxing in Orlando, Florida is a cruiserweight clash between Cuban Yunier Dorticos and Poland’s Mateusz Masternak.
Phenomenal Ali Trophy Quarter -Finals
In Glascow, Scotland November 3rd!
(September 6th) Josh Taylor (Scotland) vs Ryan Martin (United States) and Ryan Burnett (Northern Ireland) vs Nonito Donaire (Philippines) will battle it out as they begin the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy on November 3 at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland.
Taylor, Martin, Burnett and Donaire are the marvelous ingredients when the World Boxing Super Series comes to Scotland’s biggest city.
One night, two main events, a spectacular doubleheader.
In an Ali Trophy Super-Lightweight Quarter-Final WBC Silver titlist and No 2 seed Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor faces Ryan ‘Blue Chip’ Martin.
“I cannot wait for November 3rd in Glasgow,” said Taylor. “I’m delighted to be boxing in Scotland in front of my home fans. On November 3rd, the Scots will get to see the World Boxing Super Series show come to town and I will put on a winning performance to keep them singing.”
“My team and I believe I can win the Muhammad Ali Trophy and both World Title belts and the first step on that journey is in Glasgow against Ryan Martin. I will be ready.”
In an Ali Trophy Bantamweight Quarter-Final No 1 seed Ryan Burnett and Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire face off for the WBA ‘Unified’ World Championship and the WBC Diamond Title.
“Donaire is a great fighter,” said Burnett. “I have always admired him, but now I must prepare to beat him. I am someone who wants to prove I am the best by beating the best. The WBSS has given me the opportunity to achieve that dream.”
Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland: “There are some big UK boxing nights in 2018 but this doubleheader has so much depth and quality. It’s what the WBSS is all about,” said Sauerland. “Following on in the UK from Groves vs Eubank Jr in Manchester it’s great to bring the biggest show in boxing to Scotland. In addition, we will have a massive UK undercard to complete the fireworks.”