Amonsot (30) will be facing Dominican Julio de Jesus (24-1) for the vacant WBA-NABA super lightweight title. Twin brothers Andrew and Jason Moloney face their next test for 2016 with Jason facing his toughest opponent to date; the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Bantamweight Champion Jeffrey Francisco (14-1-1), whilst Andrew faces a former opponent of his brother, Markquil Salvana (11-1).
In a rematch that is taking place almost exactly a year after their first clash, Paul Morrison looks to enact revenge against a much-improved Jayde Mitchell (8-1). Prior to defending his Victorian Super Lightweight Title on August 26th at the Melbourne Pavilion against Andrew Wallace, the current Victorian champion Cameron Eyes (6-0) will look to get in a 4-round fight on the Green undercard against the tough Brent Dames (2-2).
To tune in to Danny Green vs. Kane Watts, order the fight on the Main Event Channel. To check out an exclusive Q&A with the Victorian fighters featured on the undercard of Green vs Watts, continue reading below.
How excited are you to be fighting on one of the biggest Australian cards this year? What does the experience mean for you? Being one of the biggest stages in Australia, do you feel pressured to go out there and put on a clinic?
Jason Moloney: “Yes, I'm very excited to be fighting on the biggest show so far in 2016. The experience of fighting on the biggest stage and performing in front of these huge crowds is priceless! Of course there is a bit of added pressure to perform in front of such a big crowd but I feel like I thrive under this sort of pressure. This is what it's all about, I have big dreams and if I want to achieve them then I have to be able to perform my best on the big stage. It gives me that extra motivation to keep working hard and hopefully one day I can headline a show of this size!”
Andrew Moloney: “I'm absolutely pumped to again be fighting on the undercard of my idol Danny Green. This is going to be great experience for me fighting on such a big card, in front of a massive crowd; I believe these big crowds bring the best out of me. Of course there is always pressure to perform on fight night no matter where the fight is, this is why I train so hard and make all the sacrifices needed to make sure I am at my very best come fight time.”
Jayde Mitchell: “I don’t feel pressured, I feel excited that’s for sure. It’s the biggest card of boxing for 2016 in Australia so it’s really good to get a gig on the card. Most of all I’m rapt to be sharing my good friend Sugar Kane’s big moment with him. It’s also good to be on the same card as my good mates the Moloney brothers. It’s going to be a great night on the big stage. It’s all very exciting.”
Czar Amonsot: “I'm very happy and excited to fight on one of the biggest Australian cards. Every fight for me is very important especially at this point of my career I don't want to lose. After I lost in Vegas in 2007 and I made my comeback in 2009, I promised to myself once I lose again I am done in my career as a boxer. Every single fight gives me a pressure because I still love the sport I always think as long as I can do it, I will.”
Cameron Eyes: “Having the opportunity to fight on Australia's biggest fight card this year is a great privilege and reward for all the hard work and sacrifice I put into my training. It's going to be a huge night, one that I've been looking forward to for a while now and can't wait to get out there and show Australia what I can do. With thousands of people in attendance and plenty more watching on TV the pressure is on to perform well. Every time you enter the ring you put your reputation, record and pride on the line and this time is no different though the grand scale of this event makes it that much more important. You never know who is going to be watching and what opportunities may arise from it.”
How do you feel in the lead up to your fight; how has the training camp been, and how do you think you'll match up with your opponent on August 3rd?
Jason Moloney: “I'm feeling great going into this fight! I have had a very active year in the ring, this being my 4th fight of the year so my fitness is as good as ever! My opponent Jeffrey Francisco has a record of 14 wins with only 1 defeat. We have had a good look at him and have worked hard in the gym on developing a game plan to come away with the win.”
Andrew Moloney: “This has been a great training camp. This is one of the first fights I am going into without any injuries or sickness so I am looking forward to putting on a great show. I am expecting a hard fight from Markquil Salvana, he fought my brother Jason so we have studied him a lot, and he is a good boxer. I have prepared for a hard fight and I plan on coming out victorious and improving my record to 9-0.”
Czar Amonsot: “Yeah I think it will be a good fight. My opponents record has got a good resume on it and I think this fighter wants to win as much as me. We’ve done all the hard work at the gym with my trainer Rey Giles and all my team that help me sparring as well- I know I'm ready to go and I hope my opponent is the same too. It’s gonna be a good night for sure.”
Jayde Mitchell: “Training camp has been great. It’s really professional now; since the start of the year when I made the choice to become a full time athlete. The old cliché of no stone unturned is spot on with where I’m at. As far as the match-up with Paul Morrison, I feel confident. I feel as though he’s been fighting people at a far lower level than I have. Since our fight last year I’ve really stepped it up, and am no longer experiencing the injuries I was last year. I think they’re going to come out and pressure me and try and jump on me, but by doing so, they’re only going to open themselves up.”
Cameron Eyes: “Training leading up into the fight has been great. We have sourced sparring similar to that of what we expect on the night and have been working on a few things to complement that. With 2 wins 2 losses Brent is no one to underestimate. A former kickboxer, he has plenty of ring experience but I believe fitness, determination and pressure will be too much for him. Being only 4 rounds you can bet we will both be going for it.”
How are you planning on ending 2016? Do you have any big fights on the horizon, or any plans for the future?
Jason Moloney: “At this stage our focus is on August 3 but we do plan to fight again in October and possibly December. Finishing the year with 6 tough fights under my belt is fantastic for the development of my career.”
Andrew Moloney: “I plan to have one or two more fights this year, which will make it 5 or 6 fights in total for 2016. I am hoping to defend my WBA Oceania title in at least one of these fights and hopefully earn myself a world rating.”
Jayde Mitchell: “I know that Ryan (Breese) is battling his own injuries at the moment, he’s got the exact same injury that I had coming in to our fight last year. I respect that, and I wish him a speedy recovery and all the best. That being said I’d love to fight Ryan again later in the year. After this fight with Morrison it looks like we’ll be off to the US again; we’ll be training and potentially fighting over there.”
Cameron Eyes: As for the rest of 2016 I have already got one fight lined up on the Team Ellis show on the 26th of August which I will be defending my Victorian Super Lightweight Title against Andrew Wallace. Apart from that all future plans will be discussed with my team after August.
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