Jason Moloney vs Nawaphon Kaikanha Preview October 15th, 2022
Jason Moloney of Australia is back in the ring against Nawaphon Kaikanha of Thailand this Saturday, October 15th. The 12-round fight is on the undercard of the Devin Haney vs George Kambosos Jr tilt and can be seen live in America on ESPN and ESPN+ while Canadian fans can see it on TSN 4. Moloney last fought in June when he defended his WBC Silver Bantamweight Title and won the vacant WBO International Crown by stopping Aston Palicte in the third round. Kaikanha last boxed in August when he stopped Suriyan Satorn in the fifth round.
Moloney vs Kaikanha Betting Odds
- Nawaphon Kaikanha+550
- Jason Moloney -900
The 31-year-old Moloney enters the ring with a mark of 24-2 with 19 Ko’s. His first defeat came at the hands of IBF World Champion Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico in October, 2018 when he dropped a split decision and he was stopped by Naoya Inoue in the seventh round in October, 2020 in a shot at the WBA Super World, and IBF Bantamweight Titles.
Moloney turned pro in 2014 after an amateur career and has boxed 138 rounds since. As a pro, he’s also captured the WBA Oceania Bantamweight Title. He added the vacant WBC Silver Bantamweight Belt in August, 2021 when he beat Joshua Greer Jr by a 10-round unanimous decision. Moloney has displayed solid power up to now with a current knockout ratio of 73.1 per cent but has gone the distance in two of his last three fights.
He had won four straight contests by stoppage until running into ‘The Monster’ Inoue from Japan however. Besides Rodriguez, Inoue and Greer, Moloney hasn’t really fought any other notable opponents but handled himself well in his two world title shots, especially against Rodriguez in October, 2018 when the fight could have gone either way for the IBF Title.
Moloney stands 5-feet-5-inches with a 65-inch reach and has also won a few regional belts along the way including the British Commonwealth, and WBA Oceania Super Bantamweight Titles. He also has wins over Leonardo Baez and Dixon Flores. He’s a solid pro but just hasn’t been able to get over the hump when it comes to winning a world belt.
The 31-year-old Kaikanha is also known as Nawaphon Sor Rungvisai and fights out of Bangkok. He makes the ring walk with a record of 56-1-1 with 46 Ko’s and has 280 rounds of pro experience under his belt since making his pro debut in 2009. He’s just over 5-feet-5-inches in height with an unlisted reach, which makes him the same height as Moloney.
As far as power goes, Kaikanha is pretty impressive as his current knockout ratio stands at 79 .3 per cent. His lone loss came at the hands of Juan Navarrate by third-round stoppage in 2017 in a shot at the vacant WBC Flyweight Title. His draw came in his pro debut when he went six rounds with Wisaksil Wangek, who’s better known as former world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
Kaikhana has never fought outside of his homeland of Thailand and the only other recognizable opponent to most boxing fans would probably be former IBF Flyweight Champion Amnat Ruenroeng. Since turning pro, Kaikhana has captured the WBC Asian Boxing Council Flyweight Title, the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Flyweight Title and the WBC Asian Boxing Council Bantamweight Belt. However, just 24 of his 58 opponents have entered the ring with winning records.
Both boxers have power and fine skills with Moloney having a relentless style. Kaikhana has built up his record entirely in Thailand though mainly against unproven opposition. Since Kaikhana is more or less unknown, he could surprise Moloney with his power. However, if Moloney lets his hands go like he usually does and his chin holds up I’m expecting him to have his hand held up in victory.
Moloney’s experience against stiffer opposition should make the difference.
Play: Moloney -900 @ BetOnline.ag
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