Boxrec today and tomorrow and forever will tell you Elton Dharry lost his bout against Andrew Moloney Friday in Australia, with the interim WBA super flyweight title up for grabs, but that would be a too simplistic reduction of what occured in the ring.
After eight rounds elapsed, the ring doc took a hard look at the 33 year old Guyana native, who lives in NY, and fights out of Gleason's Gym. Because the right eye of Dharry was nearly closed, the physician told the ref to halt the bout. Zero shame in that, for Dharry had looked world class in the scrap with Moloney, who rises to 21-0 with the triumph at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne. ESPN+ screened the faceoff.
Back to Dharry; the fighter buzzed the Aussie Moloney once, hard, and was in the bout, even in that last round, while he kept the right glove near that eye, to block launches.
Get this—-the “loser” started as a pro in 2004, and went 3-5-1 in his first nine outings. Dharry lost four straight after going 2-0-1, and yet, he persevered.
Some snickered silently when he kept on going, and told people he wanted to rise in the rankings, and fight for a crown. They snickered, he soldiered on at Gleason's Gym, in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY.
Oh did he, in round five. A right uppercut, delivered from mid-range, at 1:28, was a thing of sneaky beauty. Moloneys knees buckled and Dharry looked to end it. He pressed, smartly, kept up vicious volume, but didn't over-throw, press too hard. He pushed Moloney back, and then slid, to keep getting angles, and from getting tied up. He buckled the winner again, with a long right, at the 58 seconds mark, and Moloney, who by the way has an identical twin brother, Jason (20-1 as a pro), looked to hold. The winner brushed off the cobwebs, and regained his footing, he made it to round six. He too deserves immense props for his mental strength.
After, Andrew lauded Dharry, for being super tough and as difficult as he'd assumed he'd be. Rightly so; as Don Saxby, Lennox Blackmore and Hector Roca…
..looked on, proud papa style, Dharry looked a bit deflated. But we think and hope he will look back on this effort with pride, because he had no business getting to this level after a rough early set of chapters.
And there's this–we think there are more chapters to come for Dharry, which will include a world title shot, another won, and a victory. His will and solid skill set indicate that Gleason's will be able to boast of a male title holder in the not that distant future.