'Make or break' as Aussie stardom beckons for Moloney
Jason Moloney says he can balance the present with the future, admitting his Californian world title fight is a "make or break" moment that will define his career.
A win in front of 16,000 fans at Stockton Arena on Sunday (AEST) against plucky Filipino Vincent Astrolabio would pave the way for a triumphant Australian return.
A loss, five years after the first of two other world title fight defeats, would effectively be the end of the road.
"This is it, it's make or break," he told AAP ahead of his crack at the vacant WBO bantamweight belt.
"I know there's a lot riding on it, but I'm experienced enough to stay focused and the pressure won't get to me at all."
Adding to the narrative is Jason's twin brother Andrew's own world title fight in Las Vegas a week later, on a card headlined by Devin Haney and Vasiliy Lomachenko.
The brothers have mostly plied their trade in the United States but, after discussions with promoter Top Rank's Hall of Fame boss Bob Arum, have plans for a blockbuster Australian double-header.
"These guys already do massive numbers in the US; they have big profiles here but there'd be nothing bigger," manager Tony Tolj told AAP.
"The first Aussie brothers to have titles at the same time ... they could fill a stadium.
"All we can do is keep winning, winning world titles and it's just then a matter of if, not when."
Moloney (25-2) knows his profile on home soil isn't where it could be, but that it would all change if things go to plan on the weekend.
"Fighting overseas, you get a bit forgotten about, we're not in the media as much as other Australian boxers," he said.
"This is the start of what we want to create, a big following. Once we bring these two belts home it goes to a whole other level."
Moloney and Astrolabio (18-3) both weighed in less than one pound under the 118-pound limit on Saturday (AEST), the pair on four and six-fight winning streaks respectively to earn the opportunity.
The division has been vacated thanks to Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue's move up to the 122-pound division.
Inoue beat Moloney in Las Vegas three years ago, but the Australian was one of only a handful to take rounds off the undefeated, undisputed champion.