Mayer-Han, Giovani Santillan-Jeovanis Barraza, and Moloney-Mendoza will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Undercard action will stream live on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
• Mikaela Mayer 129.8 vs. Jennifer Han 128.8
(Mayer’s WBO/IBF/Ring Magazine Junior Lightweight Titles — 10 Rounds)
• Giovani Santillan 147.4 lbs vs. Jeovanis Barraza 148.6 lbs
(Welterweight — 10 Rounds)
• Andrew Moloney 115.8 lbs vs. Gilberto Mendoza 113.4 lbs
(Junior Bantamweight — 8 Rounds)
(ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
• Floyd Diaz 122 lbs vs. Blake Quintana 120.6 lbs
(Junior Featherweight— 6 Rounds)
• Duke Ragan 126.6 lbs vs. Diuhl Olguin 125.6 lbs
(Featherweight — 6 Rounds)
• Jason Moloney 119.4 lbs vs. Francisco Javier Pedroza 119.8 lbs
(Bantamweight — 10/8 Rounds)
• Virginia Fuchs 109.8 lbs vs. Randee Lynn Morales 110.6 lbs
(Flyweight — 6 Rounds)
• Luis Alberto Lopez 128 lbs vs. Raul Chirino 128.8 lbs
(Junior Lightweight — 8 Rounds)
(OFF-TV, 6:15 ET/3:15 p.m. PT)
• Lindolfo Delgado 142.6 lbs vs. Gustavo David Vittori 145.2 lbs
(Junior Welterweight — 8 Rounds)
Australia’s Andrew Moloney hopes to earn another junior bantamweight world title shot in 2022. In order to do so, he’ll have to get past an upset-minded veteran from Northern California.
Moloney will face Gilberto Mendoza in an eight-rounder this Saturday, April 9, at The Hangar at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Moloney-Mendoza will open the televised tripleheader headlined by WBO/IBF junior lightweight world champion Mikaela Mayer’s title defense against Jennifer Han.
Mayer-Han, the welterweight co-feature between Giovani Santillan and Jeonvanis Barraza, and Moloney-Mendoza will air live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Moloney (22-2, 14 KOs), a former WBA 115-pound world champion, lost his title via unanimous decision to Joshua Franco in June 2020. Moloney and Franco fought to a controversial no-contest in their November 2020 rematch, and their trilogy concluded last August with Franco retaining his title by decision. Moloney returned to action in December in Sydney, Australia, winning a wide points verdict over Froilan Saludar. Mendoza (19-11-3, 10 KOs), from Modesto, California, has not been stopped in more than a decade and has gone the distance with the likes of former world champions Angel Acosta and Rau’shee Warren.
Moloney said, “I’m grateful that my fight will be live on ESPN, and I will show everyone that I am a much better fighter than what they saw from me against Franco. I’m looking to make a statement in this fight and move closer to another world title.”
Undercard action will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) and will feature the following bouts.
- Two-time bantamweight world title challenger Jason Moloney (22-2, 18 KOs), last seen defeating top contender Joshua Greer Jr., will face Francisco Pedroza (17-10-2, 10 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 10 or 8 rounds.
- Floyd “Cashflow” Diaz (3-0), the 18-year-old junior featherweight sensation from Las Vegas, steps up against the once-beaten Blake Quintana (4-1, 1 KO) in a six-rounder. Diaz turned pro in February 2021 following a storied amateur career at the junior level.
- Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medalist Duke Ragan (4-0, 1 KO) makes his long-awaited professional return versus Diuhl Olguin (15-21-5, 10 KOs) in a six-rounder at featherweight.
- Ragan’s Olympic teammate, Virginia Fuchs, makes her highly anticipated professional debut against Randee Lynn Morales (4-3, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder at flyweight. In addition to her appearance at the Tokyo Olympics, Fuchs earned a bronze medal at the 2018 World Championships and silver at the 2019 Pan American Games.
IBF No. 1 featherweight contender Luis Alberto Lopez (24-2, 13 KOs), fresh off his title eliminator knockout victory over Isaac Lowe, will fight Raul Chirino (19-13, 12 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Lopez has won seven straight fights, a streak that’s included wins over Andy Vences and Gabriel Flores Jr.
In additional undercard action, which will take place before the ESPN+ stream (3 p.m. PT), Mexican junior welterweight prospect Lindolfo Delgado (14-0, 12 KOs) will fight an opponent to be named in an eight-rounder, and 2021 National Golden Gloves silver medalist Angel Hernandez will make his professional debut versus Victor Saravia (1-2, 1 KO) in a four-rounder at featherweight.
Highly touted Australian duo Andrew and Jason Moloney are all set for their US returns, as the pair look to continue their pushes towards world titles.
The pair return live on ESPN this weekend with cracks at the world title firmly in their sights, with the pair continuing to hold lofty ratings in respective sanctioning bodies.
Andrew Moloney has already had a taste of being world champion, and the former 115lbs King outlined his ambitions for a future crack at the world title.
Andrew stated, “Firstly I’m glad to be back on US soil and back in the ring on ESPN, so a massive thank you to Top Rank, my manager Tony Tolj and the whole team for getting me back in the ring in the USA.
“I’m not overlooking anyone this weekend, this is a real fight as they always are on ESPN. I have to look good if I have a chance of throwing myself in the sweepstakes for a big fight either in the USA, Japan or Australia. Kazuto Ioka is who I want next, and I have to make a statement this weekend to prove I deserve that chance.”
Slightly bigger brother Jason, who currently holds the WBC world silver bantamweight title after ripping it away from Josh Greer last year, also features on the card from Southern California’s Hangar. Jason opened up about his latest US outing.
The two time world title challenger said, “I’m pushing to make it third time lucky when it comes to world title challenges, so therefore I have to be punch perfect this weekend and continue to be explosive.
“Thank you once again to Tony Tolj, Top Rank and ESPN for bringing me back in the USA. I’m excited to show the fans on ESPN what I’m all about and I want to show why I will hopefully become the mandatory challenger to the great Nonito Donaire. That’s a fight I want next one way or another. That’s what dreams are made of.”
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