Andrew Moloney must be feeling absolutely livid right now. The former super-flyweight titleholder lost his belt to Joshua Franco in a 12-round slugfest, which ended in a unanimous decision loss. However, Moloney would have possibly been a two-time champion if his rematch with Franco didn’t end under controversial circumstances.
Moloney and Franco’s rematch ended in a no-contest after a cut on Franco’s face was deemed a consequence of a clash of heads. As a result, the fight was called off. However, instant replay and reviews clearly showed that there wasn’t a headbutt, while Moloney’s corner said it was a strike which cut Franco open.
Moloney has spoken about the controversial fight and seemed pretty upset with what happened.
“His team is talking absolute s**t. His eyes were shut because of the 50 jabs. Not because of the headbutt.”
Moloney also added to his case and said. “I hit 50 jabs and closed his eyes, I can’t believe they took this away from me.”
The natural consequence of such a controversial ending will see Moloney and Franco booked again. This rivalry will be headed for a trilogy fight, but that would have been the case even if Moloney won. However, it would have been better for Moloney to go into that third fight with the belt around his waist.
Considering the damage he had already done in that first round, the fight was definitely trending his way. After their last fight was won on the scorecards, the former champion came out aggressive to ensure that a fate like that wasn’t repeated. But now, that has resulted in a much more controversial situation, one that Moloney hasn’t done anything to be a part of.
Instances like this on major cards further sour the taste of boxing amongst casual fans. Watching a fighter get a win openly stolen from him due to poor referee judgment is something that no fight fan wants to see. The commission probably won’t overturn this decision. So, it gets to stew in the annals of boxing history as a bad moment of officiating in the sport. What did you make of the super-flyweight fight?