Joshua Franco upsets Andrew Moloney

Joshua Franco upsets Andrew Moloney

  • Andrew Moloney
  • Boxing
  • ESPN
  • Herson Kjerstad
  • Jerwin Ancajas
  • Joshua Franco
  • Joshua Greer
  • Juan Francisco Estrada
  • Kazuto Ioka
  • Mike Plania
  • Srisaken Sor Rungvisai
  • Top Rank
By Steve Saldivar June 27, 2020 0 Comment

Summer of Upsets

Week 4 of Top Rank’s ESPN cards delivered yet another upset in the main event. Last week, underdog and fairly unknown Mike Plania, (24-1) shocked once beaten and highly touted Joshua Greer Jr. In a fairly dominant fight where Greer was dropped on two occasions. This week in the first world title fight (WBA Regular) since boxing made its return took place in the Junior Bantamweight division. Similarly Golden Boy fighter Joshua Franco, (17-1-2) defeated the unbeaten Australian Andrew Moloney, (21-1), who was making his US debut.

Background

Moloney, recently signed to Top Rank last year along with his twin brother Jason, (20-1). Was making his first defense of his WBA Regular title. Many believed it would be an easy title defense for Moloney, as he was eyeing a fight against WBA Super Champion Roman “Chocolatito Gonzalez, (49-2). The upset minded Franco had other plans.

The Fight

After a few feeling out rounds Franco started letting his hands go, unleashing combinations on the Australian. Moloney fought back and made it an entertaining battle throughout the fight. However during the late rounds it was clear the RGBA fighter Franco was the more conditioned fighter. He would go on to score a knockdown in the 11th round. Moloney battled on till the final bell fighting to keep his title. In the end Joshua Franco was awarded a unanimous decision with scores of 115-112- and 114-113 2X  to win his first world title becoming the new WBA Regular Champion.

What’s Next?

Moloney suffered numerous injuries which included a broken nose, two perforated eardrums and stitches inside his mouth and over his eye. The Australian will look to rebound as he has a rematch clause he could invoke. As for Joshua Franco, he is now a player in the deep Junior Bantamweight division. For instance, Franco has expressed interest in fighting Chocolatito next. The loaded division also includes champions Juan Francisco Estrada, Jerwin Ancajas, Kazuto Ioka and contender Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.

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