There were many speculations after the first Joshua Franco Vs Andrew Moloney Rematch was ruled a no-contest but this time, Franco defeated Moloney (21-2, 14 KOs, 1 NC) definitively with a unanimous decision to retain his WBA title.
Franco (18-2-1, 8 KOs, 1 NC) was able fast enough throughout the twelve rounds, beating Moloney to the punch, while intelligently avoiding being caught by the Australian while he easily cruised to a well defined victory. With the win, Franco has now defeated Moloney twice with Unanimous Decision in 13 months, thereby settling the controversy that surrounded their immediate rematch nine months ago.
Franco won on all the scorecards with Judges Karen Holderfield (116-112), Mike Ross (116-112) and David Sutherland (116-112) all scoring the fight for San Antonio’s Franco at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Oklahoma.
Both fighters started the fight trading their Jab before Franco connected a big right that rocked Moloney and forced him to hold. Franco also started the action in the second round with a big right hand but that triggered Moloney into action and in the middle of the second round, Moloney connected a combination to Franco’s head and body.
Franco got rocked with a right hand in the third round but recovered and connected a left before Moloney retaliated with a left of his own before the end of the theirs round.
By the sixth round, Moloney was now initiating clinches and Franco had his time, connecting a big left hook 30 minutes before the end of the round. In the Seventh Round, a knockdown was wrongly scored for Moloney, who missed with a right hand and Franco fell to the canvas using his glove to support himself.
Franko backed Moloney up on the ropes in the eight round, connected two left hooks and a right was connected with 35 seconds left in the round. The ninth round saw both fighters connect with right hands.
Franco backed Moloney up again with a left right combination in the 10th round and another counter left from the champion closed the round. Franco controlled the fight again in the eleventh round and backed Moloney up with a left uppercut.
Franco finished the fight victorious and jumped on the ropes celebrating a victory that Moloney would have need a knockout in the final round to win.