Andrew Moloney will be hoping for a little less controversy when he takes on Joshua Franco for the third time after their rematch ended a No – Contest.
Moloney, who lost his WBA super Flyweight Title to Franco in their first meeting was hoping to reclaim his title in their rematch but the fight ended in controversy due to an assumed accidental clash of heads in the first round was dimmed the cause by the referee.
Robert Byrd, the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s replay official, and NSAC executive director Bob Bennett spend a very long time watching the replay and still didn’t come up with a reason convincing enough for Moloney back on November 14, at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.
Franco retained the belt after that the review by the officials but that wouldn’t have been the case, if the officials ruled Moloney’s punches to be the cause of the Franco’s bleeding. Moloney would have won by technical knockout and reclaim the WBA Belt he lost to Franco with a slim Unanimous Decision.
However, Moloney takes the decision as a lesson, motivation to improve his game and work harder in the gym.
“I’ve still got no idea how that happened,” Moloney told BoxingScene.com. “From everyone watching on TV, to watching the fight back maybe 50 times, there’s just no way that there was a head clash. And I know that Franco knows that himself. I’m sure the last eight or nine months he’s been looking himself in the mirror, and he knows that he shouldn’t be the champion at the moment. I’ve got no idea how they got that call wrong. I think the only possible explanation is that they were trying to save the referee from, you know, being shown that he made the wrong call.
“But that’s why the instant replay is there, is to fix mistakes when they happen. And they chose not to do that and made a joke of the whole situation. But that’s in the past now. I’ve used that as motivation the past eight or nine months. That result has been in my head every single day and that’s pushed me to work hard every single day in the gym and improve as much as possible, and to train hard and make sure that I win this fight.”
Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC) will get his gloves on again on the 14th of August against Franco (17-1-2, 8 KOs, 1 NC) as he hopes to rewrite the wrongs at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The fight which headlines an ESPN Triple Header will have a junior Welterweight 10 round battle between Arnold Barboza Jr. (25-0, 10 KOs) and Antonio Moran (26-4-1, 19 KOs) and Moloney’s twin bantamweight contender Jason Moloney (21-2, 18 KOs) will take on Joshua Greer Jr. (22-2-2, 12 KOs). In the card opener.
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