Merciless irony as Aussie star falls in world title bid – however twin’s path to glory again on observe

9 months in the past, Australian Andrew Moloney was robbed of a world title victory in opposition to Joshua Franco by a vastly controversial no-decision verdict that even a half-hour video evaluate didn’t overturn.

The combat was stopped after simply two rounds due to swelling round Franco’s eye which was dominated as being brought on by an unintended headbutt, regardless of replays showing to point out it was brought on by Moloney’s jab.

With the WBA tremendous flyweight belt as soon as once more on the road when the pair got here collectively on Sunday for a 3rd time, the video evaluate system labored completely – taking lower than 30 seconds to come back to the appropriate resolution.

Cruelly for Moloney, it wasn’t in his favour, as he slumped to a unanimous resolution defeat (116-112 x3).

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American Franco was nicely in command of the bout till the 30-year-old Australian appeared to knock his opponent down with a robust overhand proper, midway by the seventh spherical.

Moloney raised his arms in celebration of the doubtless pivotal second. However Franco instantly protested to referee Jack Reiss, claiming Moloney’s punch had missed and his fall was merely a slip.

The referee replied by telling the champion: “We are able to go to replay”. And the video evaluate labored completely – instantly exhibiting that Moloney had certainly missed.

“No knockdown,” the referee informed the judges between rounds. “I made a mistake,” he conceded.

The precious knockdown taken away, Moloney by no means fairly managed to wrestle management of the combat and was comfortably defeated on the scorecards.

The Australian was gutted after the defeat, saying: “Immediate replay labored for him tonight, didn’t it? It didn’t work for me (final combat).

“Look, I didn’t suppose it was an enormous shot, however I did suppose I landed a shot at that second and I assumed it was a knockdown, however I’ll have to have a look at it. That was the decision, and the referee has the appropriate. That’s why they need to use prompt replay, to repair errors that had been known as.”

Very similar to their first bout, Franco managed proceedings, utilizing his uppercut to distinctive impact. And whereas Moloney battled gamely, significantly concentrating on his opponent’s physique, he didn’t land his trademark jab and by no means appeared near regaining the belt.

In a late twist, Moloney himself slipped to the canvas within the closing spherical which was additionally rightly dominated a no-knockdown. However it was largely an afterthought in what was simply the second defeat of Moloney’s profession – each coming in world title fights in opposition to Franco.

Moloney stated: “I really feel like I let lots of people down. I let my group down, I let my household down. We’ve all been away for eight months, and now it’s for nothing.”

“I’ll have to make use of this as motivation to come back again stronger. It’s going to be an extended street again.”

However there was one silver lining for the crushed Australian, with twin brother Jason claiming the WBC Silver bantamweight title with a choice win over Joshua Greer Jr earlier within the occasion.

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BROTHER’S BIG WIN

Twin brother Jason is again on the world title path after taking a unaminous resolution victory (98-92, 98-92, 96-94) over Joshua Greer Jr to develop into the brand new WBC Silver bantamweight titleholder.

The 30-year-old had solely misplaced two fights with each coming at world title degree and Moloney insisted he belonged there.

9 months in the past Moloney took a combat many thought was past him, getting within the ring with Japanese pound-for-pound celebrity Naoya Inoue.

Defeat on Sunday would have been a serious setback to his world title hopes.

Moloney although managed the combat for almost all, throwing two of the perfect punches of the bout within the fourth as his dominant jab and total exercise proved the distinction.

Greer, alternatively, struggled to maintain his jab up or observe it up with combos, leaving him on the lookout for one thing extra dramatic late within the combat.

It didn’t come although with the combat going to scorecards and ending in Moloney’s favour.

Jason Moloney and Joshua Greer Jr exchange punches. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)
Jason Moloney and Joshua Greer Jr alternate punches. (Picture by Mikey Williams/Prime Rank Inc by way of Getty Pictures)Supply: Getty Pictures

There was loads of added curiosity in Sunday’s card with the skilled boxing debut of Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali.

Ali Walsh beat Jordan Weeks in a first-round demolition job as he received by technical knockout – carrying a set of trunks made for his grandfather way back.

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FULL CARD

Joshua Franco defeated Andrew Moloney to retain WBA tremendous flyweight title by unanimous resolution

Nico Ali Walsh defeated Jordan Weeks by first spherical technical knockout (cruiserweight)

Arnold Barboza Jr. defeated Antonio Moran by unanimous resolution (tremendous light-weight)

Jason Moloney defeated Joshua Greer by unanimous resolution (bantamweight)

Karlos Balderas defeated Fidel Cervantes by knockout (light-weight)

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