This past Saturday saw two notable Filipino's take to the ring in Australia to fight for WBA regional titles, sadly however both of them were stopped as they each came up short against a member of the promising Moloney family.
One of those visitors was former Light Flyweight world title challenger Jether Oliva (24-7-2, 11), who missed weight for his WBA Oceania Bantamweight title fight befoe beting stopped. The 30 year old Oliva, who had promised so much at the lower weights, was battered by an on song Andrew Moloney (10-0, 6) before being stopped in the 6th round, having lost the first 5 on all 3 score-cards. Sadly for Oliva this loss follows a wide decision loss to Korean based Pakistani Muhammad Waseem at Flyweight and it seems like Oliva is now just rolling into the ring for a payday. We understand he took the bout on short notice, but that hardly explains coming in over weight considering his last bout was at 112lbs and took place just 3 months earlier, 2 weight divisions lower.
The other Filipino to come up short was Cinderella man Gerpaul Valero (21-18-4, 15), who was stopped by the heavy handed Jason Moloney (10-0, 9) in the 7th round of their bout, for the WBA Ocenia Super Bantamweight title. Valero, who turned around a 1-13-3 career, was too small to ever be competitive with Moloney and as a result Moloney cruised to the win. To his credit Valero gave his best but was up against a better and bigger fighter.
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