Today, four times a week, Jason Moloney runs a mile of gravel made famous by the worst guys in the world.
Formally, this place is called the Sunset Park in Las Vegas.
The picturesque running strip that circles the lake is about 15 minutes from the city’s famous gambling strip. But informally?
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“It’s Mike Tyson Miles,” reveals an Australian boxer.
“A few years ago, when I was preparing for a fight here in Las Vegas, Tyson had no place to run and hated being on the road.
“So he asked Congress to build a running track.”
Of course, they did.
“It’s also a great spot,” Moloney continues. “And it’s cool to prepare a place where the worst guys in the world once did exactly the same thing.”
So can this brave and little bantamweight also shock the world of battle?
Currently living and training in the suburbs of Las Vegas, Moloney is preparing for one of Australia’s biggest upsets in boxing history. It is a world title blockbuster with Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue on November 1st.
27-year-old Inoue (19-0) is not only the largest bantamweight on the planet, but also ranked third in Pound for Pound.
That’s why Las Vegas odds makers have already listed undefeated Japanese stars on May 1 as a favorite of MGM Grand’s headliners.
Like US boxing analysts, he chose the champion for all the predictions spoken, written, or tweeted so far.
When Moloney runs that Tyson Mile, all of it fuels Moloney.
“The fact that everyone thinks Inoue is invincible-I love it,” he says from inside the camp.
“Because I defeated this guy, I became a superstar. It will change my life.
“This is my chance to shock the world.”
Besides following in the footsteps of Iron Mike, Moloney sparres daily with an international team of boxers led by his twin brother Andrew.
Other members of the group include Andres Campos of Chile, Jonathan Rodriguez of Puerto Rico, Jesse Rosales of the United States, and the young Brisbane fighter Vegasler Field.
Together, the group is all packed into a large two-story property offered by renowned US promoter Bob Arum, right next to the Strip.
The world title headliner is the second trip to Las Vegas, Australia, which has already defeated Leonardo Baez of Mexico in the first MGM Grand headliner in June this year.
When not training at a top-ranked gym near Alm, the group uses all their free downtime to challenge each other in table tennis and pool games.
Team Moloney’s Las Vegas bargains also include a large backyard pool, a spa for recovery, and ample space for an instant training session.
Given the ongoing COVID drama Stateside, Moloney said he and his team rarely left the Las Vegas bargain, other than grocery shopping, gym visits, and Tyson’s mileage run.
“And I love camping as I do now. There is nothing to distract me,” he says.
“Obviously training occupies most of my day, but it’s easy to keep entertaining because we have our group here during downtime.
“When I return to Australia, it’s a simple life.
“Family and Boxing-It’s been me for most of the decade.
“And now I have a chance to live my dream. I’m ready to do something special.”
Originally published as how “the worst man in the world” is supporting the Australian title plan
Boxer Jason Moloney Channels Mike Tyson in Las Vegas
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