Australian boxer Jason Moloney has vowed to reclaim the world titles once owned by Jeff Fenech and Lionel Rose after signing off to fight Japanese megastar Naoya Inoue.
In easily the biggest fight for any Aussie in 2020, Moloney will challenge the undefeated Inoue in a Las Vegas headliner on November 1.
The fight comes 52 years after fellow Australian bantamweight Rose won the WBA world title in a huge upset over Japanese hero Fighting Harada.
Undefeated in all 19 fights, Inoue also boasts both the Ring Magazine and IBF titles – the latter of which was placed around the waist of Jeff Fenech in 1985.
Speaking for the first time since the world title blockbuster was announced, Moloney revealed he was ready to “shock the world” in a fight where he will start a heavy outsider.
“This will go down among the greatest wins of any Australian fighter ever,” the 29-year-old said.
“I know that already, people are writing me off. Outside my team, they’re saying I’m no chance.
“But that’s fine. It actually makes me smile.
“Because I win this fight and it catapults me towards superstardom. It changes my life.
“And to win back those belts once owned by Jeff Fenech and Lionel Rose, that history is just going to make this even more special.”
Of course, Moloney is well aware of the challenge presented by Inoue.
Considered the second coming of Fighting Harada, the Japanese star is already a three-weight world champion and ranked third best of any fighter on the planet.