Jason Moloney fights outside his native Australia for the second time Thursday when he headlines the Top Rank boxing card in Las Vegas versus Leonardo Baez (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). The WBO's No. 2 bantamweight contender, Moloney (20-1, 17 KOs) has reeled off three straight knockout victories since his only loss to Emmanuel Rodriguez in the 2018 quarterfinals of the bantamweight World Boxing Super Series. Baez (18-2, 9 KOs) has won six straight fights and got the call as a late replacement for Oscar Negrete, who has a detached retina. Moloney is a -1000 favorite (risk $1,000 to win $100) in the latest Moloney vs. Baez odds from William Hill, with Baez getting +650 (risk $100 to win $650) as the underdog.
In the co-feature, Abraham Nova (18-0, 14 KOs) tries to stay perfect when he fights Avery Sparrow (10-1, 3 KOs) in a 10-round junior lightweight bout. Bookmakers peg Nova as a -220 favorite (risk $220 to win $100) in the latest Nova vs. Sparrow odds, with Sparrow getting +180 (risk $100 to win $180) as the underdog. Before you make any Moloney vs. Baez picks or Nova vs. Sparrow picks, see the Top Rank boxing predictions from SportsLine analyst Peter Kahn.
A 2019 Boxing Writers Association of America Cus D'Amato Manager of the Year nominee, Kahn is a longtime insider who has his finger on the pulse of what's going on inside and outside the ring. Kahn manages nearly 10 percent of Top Rank's fighters, and he can be seen and heard weekly as co-host of "The Fight Guys" show on FITE TV.
Not surprisingly, Kahn is uncanny when it comes to picking fights. He is 3-0 on his SportsLine boxing picks since the hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, extending his highly-profitable run.
Last year, for example, Kahn called Deontay Wilder knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round, a massive 22-1 long shot bet. "Based on everything Wilder has expressed leading up to the fight and his true dislike and beef with Breazeale, expect Wilder to come out and try to get rid of him early to make a statement," Kahn told readers. The result: Wilder ended it at the 2:17 mark with a violent one-punch knockout, and everyone who followed Kahn's advice cashed huge.
Now, with Thursday's Top Rank boxing card fast approaching, studied Moloney vs. Baez, as well as the co-main event featuring Nova vs. Sparrow, identified the best value in the boxing odds and released his picks for both fights. Head to SportsLine to see all of his boxing picks.
Moloney vs. Baez preview
Moloney is trying to get another world title shot, and he vowed to put on a spectacular performance against the unheralded Baez. But Baez enters with confidence after a perfect 2019 in which he racked up five victories, including wins over Alberto Melian and Moises 'Chucky' Flores.
In addition, Moloney initially prepared for Negrete, whose reach is four inches shorter than Baez's. You can see Kahn's Moloney vs. Baez picks here.
Nova vs. Sparrow preview
Kahn notes that Sparrow's only loss came via disqualification for low blows back in 2015.
Sparrow "is a slick boxer who should be able to make it a compelling fight and could be a handful for the heavy-handed Nova," he said. "It really comes down to whether Sparrow is in the best possible physical condition. If he is, and has the chin to match, this could be very interesting and a potential upset." You can see Kahn's Nova vs. Sparrow picks here.
How to make Moloney vs. Baez, Nova vs. Sparrow picks
For Thursday's Top Rank card, Kahn has released very confident picks on Moloney vs. Baez and Nova vs. Sparrow. In one case, Kahn made his pick based on information sources gave him about a specific fighter's training regimen. You can see that tidbit, as well as Kahn's picks on both fights, at SportsLine.
Who wins Moloney vs. Baez and Nova vs. Sparrow? And what tidbit from his sources convinced Kahn to go all-in on one fighter? Visit SportsLine right now to see Peter Kahn's best bets for Thursday, all from the fight game manager who keeps crushing his boxing picks, and find out.