Jason Moloney bounced back from the first knockout loss of his career with a unanimous decision victory over Joshua Greer Jr. On Saturday night on the Franco-Moloney Trilogy Fight card on August 14 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Moloney, who got knockout by Bantamweight Ruler Naoya Inoue back in October, had a slow start to the fight and eventually won the fight with a unanimous decision, which was due to his output that exponentially increased from the third round till the 10th.
Moloney was favoured on all three cards by the judges Judges Henry Ellick (98-92), Karen Holderfield (96-94) and David Sutherland (98-92).
The only significant shot of the first round was a left hook from Greer Jr. as the remainder of the first round had more of clinching than punching. Greer followed that up with an aggressive performance in the second round, connecting bodyshots on Maloney, who connected very few significant strikes.
Greer Jr. continued in the third round, knocked Moloney off balance with a big hook but Moloney was able to get into the fight and replied with a combination of hooks to the head and body that stunned Greer for the first time in the fight. Moloney kept firing and that was evident also in the fourth, which he ended with a big right hand. This was after both were engaged in a back and forth battle early in the round before Moloney stunned him.
Greer was able to sneak inside and connected a short right that briefly stunned Moloney in the fifth, but that drew a warning from the referee for using his forearm. In the sixth, Moloney connected a big right hand to Greer’s chin and connected a flurry that ended with a big left hook.
The two exchanges shots in the seventh, with Greer connecting a right hand after Moloney connected a left hook to the body in the middle of round seven. In the eight round, Greer visited the canvas but that was rightfully ruled a slip by the referee Ritter.
Greer landed a big right in the ninth round, a shot Moloney took well. Then in the 10th, Greer became more aggressive as his trainer warned him about letting his hands go in the final three minutes. Greer went in with all his might but Moloney only avoided his shots and fought off his jab till the fight ended.
Moloney with the win improves to 22-2 (18 KOs) and bounces back from his loss to Japan’s Inoue. Before then Moloney had only lost to former IBF champ Emmanuel Rodriguez.
For Greer Jr. his record now looks poor as he has gone 0-2-1 in his last three fights, a career that has seen him accumulate a (22-3-2, 18 KOs) record.