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Moloney Brothers Anxiously Await Finish To ‘Very, Very Sluggish’ 14-Day Quarantine In Australia

A nice hotel room with a balcony and a view of the picturesque Sydney skyline sounds nice, doesn’t it?

Imagine not being allowed to leave this room for anything other than a fire for two weeks. You must have all of your meals in this room or on this balcony.

You don’t even get a room key, just in case the madness leads you to a short, if boring, stroll down the hallway.

Welcome to the low-key world of Andrew and Jason Moloney, the Australian twin boxers who have been locked in a government-monitored 14-day quarantine since their flight from the US on August 19, Thursday to Kingscliff, where Andrew’s wife, Chelsea, her 2- year old son Lee, Jason’s pregnant fiancee Jorja, and their 2 year old daughter Isla eagerly await their return from a seven week boxing trip that took them to Las Vegas and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Melbourne residents live close together in Kingscliff, south of the Queensland border, but have been allowed to stay in the same room since they landed in Sydney because they are family members. Their manager, Tony Tolj, is in the room next door, which at least allows them to speak to Tolj from their adjoining balcony.

The Moloney brothers both laughed at how grateful they were for this balcony. They were unable to go outside at all during their first two 14-day quarantines in various Sydney hotels after each of their previous fights – which took place every two days in late June 2020 and every two weeks on October 31 and November 14 walk .

“Last time it felt like a prison because we had no fresh air at all,” Andrew Moloney told BoxingScene.com. “We couldn’t even open a window, it was really tough. So this time the balcony was a real lifesaver. You can see a bit of the city of Sydney, but mostly it’s the fresh air. It’s amazing what a difference that makes. “

Quarantine life would have been at least a little more bearable for Andrew Moloney (21-2, 14 KOs, 1 NC) had the super flyweight contender not lost his third fight against rival Joshua Franco (18-1-2, 8th) KOs, 1 NC) who defeated Moloney by unanimous decision in ESPN’s 12-round Main Event on August 14th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa. Jason Moloney (22-2, 18 KOs), a top bantamweight contender, defeated Joshua Greer Jr. (22-3-2, 12 KOs) by unanimous decision in a 10-rounder on his brother’s undercard 2½ weeks ago.

Seeing his brother lose 115 pounds in a WBA world championship bout later that night made Jason Moloney feel like he lost too. They have watched Andrew’s loss to Franco several times to pass the time during the quarantine, but otherwise they are not avid television viewers.

You’ve exercised as much lightly as your small space allows. The Moloneys, sponsored by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., also have scheduled video chats with family and friends every night as they count down the “sleep” period until they can go home.

“I think you’ll be a little prepared after you’ve done it a few times, and you’ll get a little better at finding ways to have a little chat,” said Jason Moloney. “But it’s still a very, very slow 14 days.”

Their experience is very different from that of American boxers, who are allowed to return home immediately from fighting in a country that has unsuccessfully pursued a much more lenient approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But at least the Moloney brothers can leave their homes as soon as they return to Kingscliff, a small coastal community less than two hours south of Brisbane. You can exercise every day and do important activities like visiting the doctor and shopping for groceries.

Tolj has to endure another 14-day quarantine at his Perth home as COVID restrictions are even stricter in Western Australia. The police could come to Tolj’s house several times on a given day to make sure he didn’t leave.

New South Wales authorities escalated enforcement of tightened restrictions this summer to aggressively deal with the more deadly Delta variant of COVID-19.

“It’s frustrating, it’s hard,” said Jason Moloney. “But if you look at how Australia has dealt with the COVID situation and how many deaths we have had from COVID, you can see why they have taken such strict measures. And it worked. Like it or not, it worked. That makes it a bit easier because, in a way, we are helping to save lives.

“It prevents us from potentially spreading the virus, so yes it is what it is and I understand the measures. I hope that it all comes to an end soon, because at some point we have to start living life with a bit of normalcy. I hope this is the last time we have to do this, but I understand why it has to be done and I think it works. “

This journey is particularly exhausting for Jorja, who is to give birth to her and Jason’s second child in less than two weeks. Her three trips to the U.S. to fight since May 2020 and previous fights have forced Andrew to miss about eight months of the two years since Lee was born in July 2019.

“It’s been extremely, extremely tough for our families and our partners,” said Jason Moloney. “Both I and Andrew have young children that we had to leave at home, which was the hardest part of the whole thing. My daughter is now 2½ and my fiancée is pregnant. So, leaving her and my daughter for so long was tough. This time seven weeks have passed. The time before that was nine weeks and the time before that was another nine weeks. We spent a huge, huge chunk of my daughter’s time alive. I wasn’t there to hang out with her, which was difficult.

“So when I go home she’s like a completely different person and so grown up. It really hurts to think about how much time I’ve lost in your life, but I think those are the sacrifices you have to make if you want to make your dreams come true. And Andrew and I have shown time and time again that we are ready to do anything to become world champions and to make our dreams come true. “

Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.


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