In the first world title fight since the coronavirus lockdown, WBA #12 contender Joshua “The Professor” Franco (17-1-2, 8 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super flyweight champion Andrew Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs) by narrow twelve round unanimous decision on Tuesday night inside “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Franco pressed the action and closed strong, busting up the now ex-champ in round ten. Franco then battered Maloney to the canvas in round eleven and that was the difference. Scores were 115-112, 114-113, 114-113.
Joshua Franco: “After the fourth round, I gained the momentum and figured him out. I always knew this was possible. I wasn’t nervous when the decision was being read. I knew I’d done enough to win this fight. My coach, Robert Garcia, had me ready. I’m going home with the belt.”
Andrew Moloney: “It just wasn’t my night tonight. This was not the best version of Andrew Moloney, but full credit to Joshua Franco. He deserved to win the title with his effort. He closed the fight strong, like a true champion. I’ll be back. One loss won’t define me.”