Joshua Franco Wishes to Knock Out Andrew Moloney in the Third Fight

Published 01/19/2021, 9:04 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 01: Joshua Franco is coached in his corner between rounds against Isao Carranza during the BantamWeight fight at LA Fight Club at The Belasco Theater on June 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)


The rematch between Joshua Franco and Andrew Moloney ended in a tragic no contest. The two fought for the WBA super-flyweight championship of the world, and the referee called off the bout after a suspected headbutt. That said, this fight accrued vast criticism from fans and experts surrounding the world.

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Recently, the super-flyweight champion Joshua Franco was in an interview with Fight Hub TV. Here, he unveiled his plans for the third fight and envisaged his approach on the same.

When asked if he would root for a knockout in the third battle, he said, “Of course you know I mean, I know I could knock him out.

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“I know I could hurt him. I did it in the first fight and the knockout is something I’ll be looking for.”

Franco doesn’t want this contest to go on the judges’ scorecard. ‘El Profesor’ said that he will look for every chance to knock the Australian boxer out this time. But even if he doesn’t score that ‘KO’, he’ll be content with a unanimous decision win.

In their first outing, Franco dethroned Moloney from the WBA title by a unanimous decision win. The duo met for a rematch in November last year. Here, Moloney landed substantial punches on Franco, leaving his right eye swollen. After round 2, the referees examined the whole bout, suspecting there for a headbutt twice in the fight, and ended up rolling it out as a no-contest.

Both the fighters are expected to touch gloves with each other by the early half of 2021.

Can Joshua Franco outplay Andrew Moloney in their trilogy?

Joshua Franco fared considerably well in his first fight with Moloney. However, the second fight only comprised two rounds, but Moloney gave ‘El Profesor’ a tough time in those six minutes.

In order to beat ‘The Monster’, Franco will have to dig in real deep and polish himself up. He will undeniably assess himself based on the first two fights and prepare accordingly.

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His approach in this fight will be worth a watch as he’ll go for scoring quick knockdowns because Moloney can get intimidating in the later rounds of the fight.

Read –  WBA Orders Andrew Moloney vs Joshua Franco Trilogy After Recent Controversy

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What do you make of Joshua Franco’s statements? Do you feel he exhibits the audacity to knock Moloney out?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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