Joshua Franco and Andrew Moloney went at it again but this time the fight ended a no-contest after the champion complained, he couldn’t see before the start of the third round.
Referee Russell Mora and the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s replay team went through a series of replays and at the end, couldn’t allow the fight go anyway other than a no-contest. The referee was so sure. He witnessed the clash which caused the swelling on Franco’s face.
The Australian and his team were adamant, one of the punches from Moloney had caused the swelling but the referee didn’t bulge, even before the replays were done. The NSAC team didn’t see a reason to overturn the result from the referee, leaving the fight a no contest on Crawford Vs Brook undercard at MGM Grand Conference Center.
NSAC replay official Robert Byrd and NSAC executive director Bob Bennett, spent a lot of time reviewing the replay but just couldn’t come to a conclusion Moloney had sent a punch that caused the swelling. However, had they been able to prove it, Moloney would have taken home a technical knockout win and would have reclaimed the title he lost to Franco in their first meeting.
ESPN had their own replay and that seemingly showed Moloney had sent Franco a stiff jab in the first round that caused the swelling but unfortunately, Moloney didn’t leave with the WBA World Super flyweight title.
“I seen it,” Moloney told ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna after exiting the ring. “I hit him with a jab early in the first round … and I hit him another 50 times. That’s why his eye’s shut, not the head-butt. There’s not a head-butt. … I can’t believe they took this away from me. I trained my ass off for the last five months, I’ve been away from my family, and they just take it away from me like this.”
Their Rematch ended a controversial no-contest which might lead to a third fight Franco (17-1-2, 8 KOs, 1 NC) and Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC). Franco stunned the 9-1 favorite, Moloney in their first meeting, dropping him in the eleventh round and won their competitive 12 round battle with a unanimous decision with Julie Lederman (115-112), Dave Moretti (114-113) and Patricia Morse Jarman (114-113) all scoring the fight for Franco.