Moloney gets screwed in title bout with Franco due to fake head butt

By Anthony Caruso III

Australian-born fighter Andrew Moloney should be the World Boxing Association World Super Flyweight Title holder. However, he got screwed by the Top Rank officials.

The officials said that he hit Joshua Franco with a head butt. However, after nearly a 30-minute break, there was no head butt that stopped the fight.

Australian-born fighter Andrew Moloney poses while he weighs in for his fight with Julio Franco
Andrew Moloney poses while he weighs in for his fight with Julio Franco (Photo by Andrew Moloney/Instagram)

Commentator Tim Bradley Jr. said that Franco took a thumb to the eye, which caused his eye to shut. It was clear as day that Maloney hit Franco with a punch to the eye that caused it to close.

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“I’ve been involved in many head butts and I’ve never seen that happen,” Bradley Jr. said on air.

Yet, the Top Rank officials ruled that the fight was a no decision since the fight was stopped before the fourth round at The Bubble at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Maloney was fighting for the belt once again after losing to Franco by way of a unanimous decision on June 23rd at The Bubble in Las Vegas.

If the officials would have reversed their decision, Moloney would be the champion again. He would have received a TKO win.

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“I can’t believe they took this away from me,” Moloney said after the decision.

Moloney is now 21-1-1 in his boxing career. His only loss was the aforementioned loss to Franco.

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San Antonio, Texas native Franco is now 17-1-3 in his career. This was the first no-decision for the Texan, as he also had two draws – both to Oscar Negrete.

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