Sport Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall: Meet Andrew Moloney, the man headlining Gallen vs Hall

19:40  13 november  2019
19:40  13 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Paul Gallen and Barry Hall might be getting all the attention, but it’s another former footy player who will be headlining Friday night’s Code War card at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.

Andrew Moloney, who started boxing with his twin brother Jason to stay fit for Aussie rules, will step into the ring as the main event on Friday night when he fights Elton Dharry for the WBA interim super flyweight world title.

If he’s successful, he’ll become Australia’s only current world champion.

And Australian boxing icon Danny Green, who is promoting the card, says the stage is set for both Moloney brothers to rise to the occasion.

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“Mate, I took both the boys on the pads the other night and both of them are popping - just popping out of their skin," Green told Sporting News.

"They're ready to go, they're outstanding young fighters, consummate professionals and they're just killers.

"My partners, Anthony Bell and Ian Patterson, we wanted to put the boys on the main event and have a world title fight.

"The Hall-Gallen fight allows us to get on TV and in get eyes on Jason and Andrew Moloney and hopefully our newest and only current world champion.

"This will be the biggest pay per view of the year."

It's been a long time coming for Moloney, who lost his first seven amateur boxing matches before deciding to ditch footy to commit himself to boxing full time.

"I had people telling me 'maybe boxing's not for you,' but I decided to quit footy and focus on boxing and the results started to change pretty quickly," Moloney told Sporting News.

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"Next thing I knew I was on the Australian team and travelling the world and was lucky enough to go to two Commonwealth Games and win gold in Glasgow.

"Now 16 years after deciding to focus on boxing, here we are, I'm just about to become world champion.

"I'm pretty wrapped with the decision we made to do boxing."

While most of the attention and publicity around the fight has centered on former Premiership winning captains Gallen and Hall, Moloney understands it will bring more attention to the fight.

He's also ready to steal the spotlight.

"They're big names in Australian sport, and they've made it possible for us to have this huge event in Australia and made it possible for me to fight for a world title in Australia," Moloney said.

"I'm thankful to them and I'm also thankful to Greeny and the other promoters to give me the opportunity to headline a big card like this.

"I understand that a lot of the audience will tune in to watch them, but it gives me the chance to put on a good performance and get their attention.

"Hopefully then they'll follow my career going forward."

Elton Dharry, Moloney's opponent, comes to Australia with a 24-5-1 record and is on an impressive 21-fight win streak.

The 33-year-old turned pro way back in 2004, but Moloney is primed to take home his first world title.

"I've watched a few of his fights a few times with my trainer," he said.

"He's experienced and hasn't lost in 10 years, but I've got a good understanding of what he's going to bring.

"I believe I've got what it takes to beat and I'm confident I'll do that."

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