Andrew Moloney vs. Joshua Franco III - August 14, 2021

Who wins?

Poll ended at 15 Aug 2021, 07:55

Maloney - Decision
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29%
Maloney - T/KO
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29%
DRAW
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6%
Franco - T/KO
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No votes
Franco - Decision
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Total votes: 17

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Andrew Moloney vs. Joshua Franco III - August 14, 2021

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Nine months after boxing’s most controversial conclusion of 2020, WBA super flyweight world champion Joshua “El Profesor” Franco and Australia’s former world champion Andrew “The Monster” Moloney will settle the score in the third chapter of their rivalry Saturday, Aug. 14 at Hard Rock Live at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

In the 10-round co-feature, undefeated WBO International junior welterweight champion Arnold Barboza Jr. will take on Antonio “Tono” Moran.

The four-round middleweight special attraction will see the highly anticipated professional debut of Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali, against an opponent to be named.

This titanic Tulsa tripleheader will be televised live on ESPN & ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Andrew’s twin brother, bantamweight contender Jason “Mayhem” Moloney, will fight Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer Jr. in a 10-rounder that will be among the undercard fights streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+ before the televised tripleheader.

Tulsa fan-favorite Trey Lippe Morrison (17-0, 17 KOs) and emerging junior lightweight prospect Karlos Balderas (9-1, 8 KOs) will fight on the undercard in six-round bouts, while Tulsa-born heavyweight prospect Jeremiah Milton (3-0, 3 KOs) will see action in a four-rounder.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tony Holden Productions and Golden Boy Promotions, tickets starting at $49.50 go on sale Tuesday, July 13 at 10 a.m. CST and can be purchased at tickets.hardrockcasinotulsa.com and at the Box Office at 918-384-ROCK (7625).

“The Hard Rock and the fight fans of Tulsa are in for a treat with a grudge match between Franco and Moloney, an all-action fight between Barboza and Moran, and the professional debut of a special young man in Nico Ali Walsh,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.

Franco (17-1-2, 8 KOs), from San Antonio, Texas, upset Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs) via unanimous decision last June to win the world title. In their November 2020 rematch, Moloney dominated Franco over the first two rounds before swelling under Franco’s right eye prompted the fight to be stopped.

Many ringside observers believed a punch caused the damage, which would’ve resulted in a TKO victory for Moloney. The referee in Nevada determined the swelling came from a headbutt, and following a nearly 30-minute replay review, a no-contest meant Franco retained his title. The controversy did not subside, and less than one month after the disputed conclusion, the WBA mandated a third fight.

“I’m very excited for this third fight with Moloney. I’ve been preparing very well for this fight, and I’m feeling stronger than ever,” Franco said. “I hope everybody tunes in come fight night because it’s going to be one to remember. I will remind Moloney why I’m the champ. And still!”

Moloney said, “I’ve had to wait nine months to once again fight for what should have been mine back in November. There is no way I’ll be leaving that ring without my world title this time.

I’m sure when he looks at himself in the mirror, he knows deep down he’s not the real champion. He knows there was no head clash. I’ve stayed in the gym and used this time to improve as a fighter. He is up against an even better fighter than he was the last time around. He’s in trouble.”

Barboza (25-0, 10 KOs), from South El Monte, California, is the WBO No. 3 contender, a 29-year-old who has steadily risen the ranks since turning pro more than eight years ago.

After a 3-0 2019 campaign that saw him knock out former world champion Mike Alvarado, he notched a pair of significant wins in 2020 with decisions over Tony Luis and Alex Saucedo. Barboza now readies for Moran (26-4-1, 19 KOs), a native of Mexico City who is 2-0-1 since a 2019 defeat to Devin Haney.

Barboza said, “I’ve been in the gym since the Saucedo fight, and I’m looking forward to this one. He’s a tough, experienced fighter, and we’re looking to put on a good show. I don’t pay too much attention to the rankings. I always train like it’s a world title fight, and I expect Moran to give a great effort.”

Jason Moloney (21-2, 18 KOs) is a two-time bantamweight world title challenger who attempted to take down pound-for-pound great Naoya “Monster” Inoue last October. Inoue prevailed by seventh-round knockout, but Moloney returns to action intent on etching his name among the division’s top contenders.

Chicago native Greer (22-2-2, 12 KOs), who climbed the world rankings following a string of dramatic knockouts, is 0-1-1 in his last two bouts and eager to recapture the form that saw him knock out seven straight foes from 2017-2019.

Jason Moloney said, “I’m excited to finally be back after what will be nearly 10 months out of the ring. After the disappointment with Inoue, I went straight back into the gym, and I’ve been working extremely hard.

I learned a lot from that fight, and it has pushed me and motivated me to improve and reach another level. This is a must-win fight for both myself and Greer, but this is my road back to a world title, and no one will stop me from achieving my dream of becoming champion of the world.”

Greer said, “I’m dialed in and having a great camp in Las Vegas. My trainer, Kay Koroma, has added a lot to my game. No stone will be left unturned.

Jason Moloney is another top contender, and at this level, you need other good fighters to bring the best out of you. I’m ready to mix it up with him on August 14. I’m thankful to Top Rank, James Prince, and Antonio Leonard for this opportunity.”

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Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali, to make pro boxing debut Aug. 14

Bob Arum promoted Muhammad Ali. Now he's putting on the professional debut of Ali's grandson.

Arum told ESPN on Saturday that Top Rank will be putting on the first fight of Nico Ali Walsh's career on Aug. 14 as part of the undercard of the Andrew Moloney-Joshua Franco fight.

The fight presents a bit of lineage for Arum. The first fight Arum promoted was Ali's title fight in 1966 against George Chuvalo on March 29, 1966, a fight Ali won by unanimous decision. Now, generations later, Arum will promote a fight for another Ali.

"And so it's a hell of a story," Arum said. "After all these years."

Ali Walsh told ESPN on Saturday night he couldn't envision going with any other promoter because of his family's connections.

"I know for certain that my grandfather wouldn't have wanted me with any other promoter aside from Bob Arum," Ali Walsh said Saturday night. "In the sport of boxing, as you've seen how Don King handled my grandfather and Mike Tyson, a lot of people can't be trusted in boxing and Bob Arum is one of those people that is well-respected, not just in boxing but in business in general.

"He's just one of those guys where he has a massive amount of respect. I've always wanted to be a part of Top Rank ... [this] is the most tremendous blessing that I can imagine. So yeah, it's just incredible."


Ali Walsh said he first learned of the possibility two weeks ago during a meeting with Arum -- the first time he had met the promoter who had been so close to his family. Arum mentioned the idea of August 14 and Ali Walsh said, "I couldn't be more excited, really. I couldn't."

Arum said Ali was the one who started him in the business in which he has become one of the top boxing promoters in history.

Walsh had initially tweeted in March 2020 that he was turning professional and that his first fight would be by the end of the year. Weeks after that tweet, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, altering sports and timelines for events across the world.

Arum told ESPN that Walsh has done some work with SugarHill Steward, the trainer of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, and that Arum has been told "he has a real talent."

Ali Walsh is the son of Ali's daughter Rasheda Ali Walsh.

"I know what my last name means," Ali Walsh told the Chicago Sun-Times in 2018. "Because that's my family."



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what his amateur background?
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moloney vs frank should be a good one. frank won the first fight clean, but moloney was beating his arse for the short time of the rematch. still think moloney shouldve been awarded stoppage, couldnt see any butt start that eye
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margaret thatcher wrote: 22 Jun 2021, 15:02 moloney vs frank should be a good one. frank won the first fight clean, but moloney was beating his arse for the short time of the rematch. still think moloney shouldve been awarded stoppage, couldnt see any butt start that eye
Yh. 3rd time lucky.

It’s like wilder vs. Fury. Keep running it back until the man you want to win gets it.

Had Moloney not been dropped in the first bout it would have been a majority draw.

He got dropped. Cost him the fight.
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margaret thatcher wrote: 22 Jun 2021, 15:02 moloney vs frank should be a good one. frank won the first fight clean, but moloney was beating his arse for the short time of the rematch. still think moloney shouldve been awarded stoppage, couldnt see any butt start that eye
That was a fornicating shambles wasnt it. If in doubt you gotta assume its a punch. hope moloney flogs him, and then thats the end of it. dont wanna hear the 1-1 garbage, because it should be 1-1 now....
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Franco-Moloney III To Land At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino In Tulsa

Andrew Moloney was once on course to defend his version of a junior bantamweight title in Oklahoma prior to the pandemic.

He will now head to the Midwestern state in hope of regaining that very belt.

BS.com has learned that the third fight between Joshua Franco and Australia’s Moloney will take place August 14 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The bout will come nearly 14 months after their first meeting and nine months to the day of their controversial rematch last November 14.

Each of the previous two fights between San Antonio’s Franco (17-1-2, 8 KOs; 1ND) and Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs; 1ND) aired live on ESPN from the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. Franco prevailed in their first fight, flooring Moloney in the eleventh round en route to claiming a well-earned unanimous decision victory along with the secondary version of the WBA junior bantamweight title.

The outcome ruined the U.S. debut for Moloney, who was previously due to face Mexico’s Israel ‘Jiga’ Gonzalez in a title defense last April 17 at Osage Casino in Tulsa. The show was shut down due to the pandemic, with Moloney’s first fight stateside delayed by more than two months and paired in line with twin brother Jason who fought in Las Vegas two days after Franco-Moloney I.

An immediate rematch was granted, this time with Moloney jumping out to a strong start. By the end of the second round, Franco’s right eye was swollen shut to where he was deemed unfit to continue. The official ruling by referee Russell Mora was that the wound was caused by a headbutt, to which Moloney and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum vehemently protested. The end of the bout was followed by a 26-minute on-air delay as Nevada officials thoroughly reviewed replays in search of the sequence to cause the initial damage.

The original ruling was upheld, though later met with a formal appeal by Moloney through high-powered boxing attorney Josh Dubin in hopes of having the verdict overturned from a No-Decision to a technical knockout win. The filed appeal came at a time when a third fight was already in the works, with Moloney hoping to enter as the defending titlist rather than the challenger.

No such luck came of the legal battle, as Moloney will simply have to settle for a shot at revenge. He previously held the title for just four months, receiving an upgrade from WBA “interim” to WBA “World” titlist after Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez was named WBA “Super” champion in the aftermath of his ninth-round knockout of Kal Yafai last February.

Franco will attempt the second defense of his title in a bout that will represent the second trilogy in his young career, all in the span of his last seven fights. Prior to the upset win over Moloney, Franco scored a ninth-round knockout of Jose Alejandro Burgos last January. That bout followed a three-fight set with Oscar Negrete, where Franco twice fought to a draw along with a majority decision win mixed in between.

The show will mark the first boxing event to take place at the Tulsa Hard Rock venue in nearly seven years. The last such occasion took place in November 2014 when Felix Diaz outpointed Adrian Granados atop a show presented by Iron Mike Promotions, a promotional joint venture between company namesake ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson and former business partners Garry Jonas and Henry Rivalta although the company has since disbanded.

Top Rank has not yet announced the date or venue for Franco-Moloney III, although the company and ESPN have both gone public with plans to present a boxing show on August 14. Two undercard slots were previously revealed—2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas, who makes his Top Rank debut; and the pro debut of Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of the late, legendary former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.
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I really like Franco. Hope he pulls this one out. His first fight with Moloney was arguably the best bout of the early COVID fights. He’s had an unusual career path. Stalled by two trilogies, one with never an easy out fighter Oscar Negrete and this one with Moloney. He has real talent and surprised Moloney. The rematch was an absolute disgrace. The cynic in me believes that Bob put Ali’s grandson on the undercard to make that the story instead of how awful the rematch was.
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Meh, I have more respect for Moloney’ brother, who fought the best at 118 rather than going the cupcake route to get an interim belt. He should beat Franco but until he fights one of the top guys in the division he’s just another paper belt holder
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Lets hope there are no more phantom headbuts.
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gregregegg wrote: 11 Jul 2021, 20:47 Lets hope there are no more phantom headbuts.
Or instant replay reviews :doh:
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Nine months after boxing’s most controversial conclusion of 2020, WBA super flyweight world champion Joshua “El Profesor” Franco and Australia’s former world champion Andrew “The Monster” Moloney will settle the score in the third chapter of their rivalry Saturday, Aug. 14 at Hard Rock Live at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

In the 10-round co-feature, undefeated WBO International junior welterweight champion Arnold Barboza Jr. will take on Antonio “Tono” Moran.

The four-round middleweight special attraction will see the highly anticipated professional debut of Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali, against an opponent to be named.

This titanic Tulsa tripleheader will be televised live on ESPN & ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Andrew’s twin brother, bantamweight contender Jason “Mayhem” Moloney, will fight Joshua “Don’t Blink” Greer Jr. in a 10-rounder that will be among the undercard fights streaming live and exclusively on ESPN+ before the televised tripleheader.

Tulsa fan-favorite Trey Lippe Morrison (17-0, 17 KOs) and emerging junior lightweight prospect Karlos Balderas (9-1, 8 KOs) will fight on the undercard in six-round bouts, while Tulsa-born heavyweight prospect Jeremiah Milton (3-0, 3 KOs) will see action in a four-rounder.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tony Holden Productions and Golden Boy Promotions, tickets starting at $49.50 go on sale Tuesday, July 13 at 10 a.m. CST and can be purchased at tickets.hardrockcasinotulsa.com and at the Box Office at 918-384-ROCK (7625).

“The Hard Rock and the fight fans of Tulsa are in for a treat with a grudge match between Franco and Moloney, an all-action fight between Barboza and Moran, and the professional debut of a special young man in Nico Ali Walsh,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.

Franco (17-1-2, 8 KOs), from San Antonio, Texas, upset Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs) via unanimous decision last June to win the world title. In their November 2020 rematch, Moloney dominated Franco over the first two rounds before swelling under Franco’s right eye prompted the fight to be stopped.

Many ringside observers believed a punch caused the damage, which would’ve resulted in a TKO victory for Moloney. The referee in Nevada determined the swelling came from a headbutt, and following a nearly 30-minute replay review, a no-contest meant Franco retained his title. The controversy did not subside, and less than one month after the disputed conclusion, the WBA mandated a third fight.

“I’m very excited for this third fight with Moloney. I’ve been preparing very well for this fight, and I’m feeling stronger than ever,” Franco said. “I hope everybody tunes in come fight night because it’s going to be one to remember. I will remind Moloney why I’m the champ. And still!”

Moloney said, “I’ve had to wait nine months to once again fight for what should have been mine back in November. There is no way I’ll be leaving that ring without my world title this time.

I’m sure when he looks at himself in the mirror, he knows deep down he’s not the real champion. He knows there was no head clash. I’ve stayed in the gym and used this time to improve as a fighter. He is up against an even better fighter than he was the last time around. He’s in trouble.”

Barboza (25-0, 10 KOs), from South El Monte, California, is the WBO No. 3 contender, a 29-year-old who has steadily risen the ranks since turning pro more than eight years ago.

After a 3-0 2019 campaign that saw him knock out former world champion Mike Alvarado, he notched a pair of significant wins in 2020 with decisions over Tony Luis and Alex Saucedo. Barboza now readies for Moran (26-4-1, 19 KOs), a native of Mexico City who is 2-0-1 since a 2019 defeat to Devin Haney.

Barboza said, “I’ve been in the gym since the Saucedo fight, and I’m looking forward to this one. He’s a tough, experienced fighter, and we’re looking to put on a good show. I don’t pay too much attention to the rankings. I always train like it’s a world title fight, and I expect Moran to give a great effort.”

Jason Moloney (21-2, 18 KOs) is a two-time bantamweight world title challenger who attempted to take down pound-for-pound great Naoya “Monster” Inoue last October. Inoue prevailed by seventh-round knockout, but Moloney returns to action intent on etching his name among the division’s top contenders.

Chicago native Greer (22-2-2, 12 KOs), who climbed the world rankings following a string of dramatic knockouts, is 0-1-1 in his last two bouts and eager to recapture the form that saw him knock out seven straight foes from 2017-2019.

Jason Moloney said, “I’m excited to finally be back after what will be nearly 10 months out of the ring. After the disappointment with Inoue, I went straight back into the gym, and I’ve been working extremely hard.

I learned a lot from that fight, and it has pushed me and motivated me to improve and reach another level. This is a must-win fight for both myself and Greer, but this is my road back to a world title, and no one will stop me from achieving my dream of becoming champion of the world.”

Greer said, “I’m dialed in and having a great camp in Las Vegas. My trainer, Kay Koroma, has added a lot to my game. No stone will be left unturned.

Jason Moloney is another top contender, and at this level, you need other good fighters to bring the best out of you. I’m ready to mix it up with him on August 14. I’m thankful to Top Rank, James Prince, and Antonio Leonard for this opportunity.”
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Press Release | Crystina Poncher And Mikaela Mayer Working Franco Vs. Moloney Fight On Aug.14th

Broadcast history will be made Saturday, Aug. 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as Crystina Poncher and reigning WBO junior lightweight world champion Mikaela Mayer will form boxing’s first-ever all-female broadcast team.

Poncher (play-by-play) and Mayer (color commentary) will call the international broadcast of the tripleheader featuring the third fight between WBA super flyweight world champion Joshua “El Profesor” Franco and former world champion Andrew “The Monster” Moloney, undefeated junior welterweight contender Arnold Barboza Jr. against Antonio Moran, and the professional debut of middleweight Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali.

The international broadcast will be available to millions of fight fans in more than 150 countries.

“Crystina Poncher is one of the very best broadcasters in boxing and a pioneer for females in the sport,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said. “Mikaela is a natural behind the microphone, and boxing fans around the world are in for a real treat on Aug. 14.”

Poncher said, “I’m excited to be a part of this historic night in the sport of boxing. I’ve always strived to break through barriers and be a leader for women in boxing, particularly when it comes to broadcasting. It’s been an honor calling fights alongside many talented trainers and fighters, including Brian McIntyre, Chris Algieri and Manny Robles. And now, with world champion Mikaela Mayer joining me at the broadcast table, it’s an important moment not only in my career but for boxing in general.”

Mayer added, “I’m beyond honored to be sitting alongside Crystina Poncher as the first female broadcast team in boxing history. We’ve both worked extremely hard to raise the profile of women in our sport, and this is proof that our hard work has not gone unnoticed. I would like to thank Top Rank and ESPN for supporting the growth of women in boxing and helping us to break more boundaries.”

Poncher joined Top Rank as a host and reporter in 2010 and made her color commentary debut in 2013. In March 2019, she became only the second woman — following Claudia Trejos in 2010 — to handle play-by-play by duties on a boxing broadcast. Six months later, she became the full-time play-by-play commentator for Top Rank undercard broadcasts on ESPN+ and main card international broadcasts. Poncher also serves as a roving reporter for ESPN’s live boxing coverage and is currently boxing’s only female play-by-play commentator. A native of Costa Mesa, California, Poncher previously worked as a host for NFL Network and NFL.com from 2013-2016.
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Why to Watch: Franco (17-1-2, 8 KO) seems to determined to fight as few opponents in his career as possible. The 25-year-old from San Antonio fought Oscar Negrete in back-to-back-to-back bouts in 2018-19, going 1-0-2 in their trilogy, and after one win over Jose Burgos in 2020, he now goes back-to-back-to-back with Moloney (21-1, 14 KO).

Forget the WBA’s bogus 115 lb belt here, nobody considers this a world championship fight unless they’re directly involved in it. It’s a good matchup and they’re both top 10 junior bantamweights. Franco out-gritted Moloney in their first meeting, a minor upset in June 2020, and then their second one was an all-timer boxing TV mess, as the Nevada commission took forever to figure out a ruling in November, ultimately ending on a no-decision with Franco’s eye cut from a clash of heads. Some bad blood has developed between these two because of that outcome, and the first fight was a damn good one.
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After more than 18 months out of the ring, Filipino all-action star Genesis Servania hopes to snatch an undefeated record in his long-awaited return. Servania will battle Las Vegas native Andres Cortes in an eight-round junior lightweight bout Saturday, Aug. 14 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Servania-Cortes bolsters the Titanic Tulsa Tripleheader featuring the third fight between WBA super flyweight world champion Joshua “El Profesor” Franco and Australia’s former world champion Andrew “The Monster” Moloney, unbeaten junior welterweight Arnold Barboza Jr. against Antonio Moran, and the pro debut of middleweight Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali.

In other undercard action, Toledo’s unbeaten junior lightweight contender Albert Bell will fight Ecuadorian veteran Julio Cortez in an eight-rounder, while Abraham Nova returns from an injury to fight an opponent to be named in an eight-round featherweight tilt. The ESPN+ undercard stream starts at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, preceding the tripleheader on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN+) at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tony Holden Productions and Golden Boy Promotions, tickets starting at $49.50 are on sale now and can be purchased at tickets.hardrockcasinotulsa.com and the Box Office at 918-384-ROCK (7625).

Servania (34-2, 16 KOs) is 5-1 with four knockouts since falling short in a 2017 Fight of the Year contender to Oscar Valdez for the WBO featherweight world title. He moved up to junior lightweight following a February 2019 decision loss to top junior featherweight contender Carlos Castro. Cortes (14-0, 7 KOs) last fought May 22 on the Josh Taylor-Jose Ramirez undercard and notched a unanimous decision over Eduardo Garza.

Bell (18-0, 5 KOs), the WBO No. 8 junior lightweight contender, is 6-0 since signing with Top Rank in 2018. He authored his signature victory in June 2019 when he outboxed Andy Vences over 10 rounds. Bell fought in April in Tulsa and turned back the stiff challenge of Manuel Rey Rojas. Cortez (15-2, 11 KOs) is unbeaten as a junior lightweight and has won two straight bouts since a split decision defeat in February 2020.

Nova (19-0, 14 KOs) has been out of action since June 2020, when he figured out the tricky Avery Sparrow en route to a 10-round decision win. Ranked in the top 15 by two of the major sanctioning organizations, Nova will now set his sights on climbing the featherweight rankings. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Albany, N.Y., Nova had knocked out four straight foes before the Sparrow fight.

In other action:

2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas (9-1, 8 KOs) has an opponent for his Top Rank debut in a six-rounder at junior lightweight: Fidel Cervantes (9-1-1, 4 KOs), a native of Kansas whose only loss came by majority decision.
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Live stream in Australia on sale, PPV cost

Moloney 3 live stream on Kayo.

The date is Sunday, August 15.

The start time is scheduled for 12 pm AEST. The PPV cost is $29.95.
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Andrew Moloney: Just No Way There Was A Head Clash In Franco Rematch; Franco Knows That

Andrew Moloney cannot wait for his upcoming third fight against Joshua Franco, scheduled for nine months to the day from when Moloney settled for what he considers a nonsensical no-contest in their rematch.

The former WBA world super flyweight champion, who will face Franco again August 14, still hasn’t seen any evidence of the accidental clash of heads that supposedly caused severe swelling surrounding Franco’s right eye. Referee Russell Mora determined that an unintentional head-butt in the first round, not one of Moloney’s punches, created the damage that prevented Franco from continuing after the second round of their 12-round rematch November 14 at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.

An excessively long replay review at ringside caused controversy that night as well. Robert Byrd, the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s replay official, and NSAC executive director Bob Bennett took more than four times longer than the entire fight lasted to examine ESPN’s footage of the first round.

If Mora had ruled that one of Moloney’s punches left Franco’s eye swollen shut or the NSAC overturned his call based on the replay, Moloney would’ve won by technical knockout. Instead, Franco retained the WBA secondary championship he narrowly won when he beat Moloney by unanimous decision in his previous fight.

“I’ve still got no idea how that happened,” Moloney told BS.com. “From everyone watching on TV, to watching the fight back maybe 50 times, there’s just no way that there was a head clash. And I know that Franco knows that himself. I’m sure the last eight or nine months he’s been looking himself in the mirror, and he knows that he shouldn’t be the champion at the moment. I’ve got no idea how they got that call wrong. I think the only possible explanation is that they were trying to save the referee from, you know, being shown that he made the wrong call.

“But that’s why the instant replay is there, is to fix mistakes when they happen. And they chose not to do that and made a joke of the whole situation. But that’s in the past now. I’ve used that as motivation the past eight or nine months. That result has been in my head every single day and that’s pushed me to work hard every single day in the gym and improve as much as possible, and to train hard and make sure that I win this fight.”

San Antonio’s Franco (17-1-2, 8 KOs, 1 NC) and Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC), of Kingscliff, Australia, will headline a tripleheader ESPN will air August 14 from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Junior welterweights Arnold Barboza Jr. (25-0, 10 KOs), of South El Monte, California, and Antonio Moran (26-4-1, 19 KOs), of Mexico City, are scheduled to meet in the 10-round co-feature that night. In the 10-round opener of ESPN’s three-bout broadcast, bantamweight contender Jason Moloney (21-2, 18 KOs), Andrew’s twin brother, is set to square off against Chicago’s Joshua Greer Jr. (22-2-2, 12 KOs).
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I’m getting real jazzed about this fight. This whole card is solid. :box:
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Weigh-In Results

San Antonio’s Franco came in at 114.2 pounds.
Australia’s Moloney 114.8 pounds.

The official weights for the first two televised fights Saturday night are listed below.

ESPN (10 p.m. EDT; 7 p.m. PDT)

Nico Ali Walsh (pro debut), Las Vegas, 162.4 pounds vs. Jordan Weeks (4-1, 2 KOs), Lexington, South Carolina, 161 pounds, 4 rounds, super middleweights.

Arnold Barboza Jr. (25-0, 10 KOs), South El Monte, California, 139.8 pounds vs. Antonio Moran (26-4-1, 19 KOs), Mexico City, 139 pounds, 10 rounds, junior welterweights.

The official weights for the non-televised portion of the Franco-Moloney undercard are listed below.

ESPN+ (6 p.m. EDT; 3 p.m. PDT)

Jason Moloney (21-2, 18 KOs), Kingscliff, Australia, 117.6 pounds vs. Joshua Greer Jr. (22-2-2, 18 KOs), Chicago, 117.6 pounds, 10 rounds, bantamweights.

Trey Lippe Morrison (17-0, 17 KOs), Tulsa, Oklahoma, 229 pounds vs. Don Haynesworth (16-6-1, 14 KOs), Greensboro, North Carolina, 288.6 pounds, 6 rounds, heavyweights.

Karlos Balderas (9-1, 8 KOs), Santa Maria, California, 131.6 pounds vs. Fidel Cervantes (9-1-1, 4 KOs), Kansas City, Kansas, 131.6 pounds, 6 rounds, lightweights.

Genesis Servania (34-2, 16 KOs), Bacolod City, Philippines, 132.8 pounds vs. Andres Cortes (14-0, 7 KOs), Las Vegas, 133 pounds, 8 rounds, lightweights.

Albert Bell (18-0, 5 KOs), Toledo, Ohio, 132.8 pounds vs. Julio Cortez (15-2, 11 KOs), Esmeraldas, Ecuador, 132.4 pounds, 8 rounds, lightweights.

Abraham Nova (19-0, 14 KOs), Albany, New York, 127.2 pounds vs. Richard Pumicpic (22-11-2, 7 KOs), Pasay City, Philippines, 127.4 pounds, 8 rounds, junior lightweights.
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Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021
Location: Hard Rock Hotel And Casino, Tulsa, OK
US TV: ESPN (Main Card Only)
UK TV: Sky Sports
Stream: ESPN+

Main Card: 10pm ET | 7pm PT | 3am BST
Preliminary Card: 6pm ET | 3pm PT | 11 pm BST

Main Card

WBA World Super Flyweight Championship
Joshua Franco (17-1-2, 8 KOs) vs. Andrew Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs)

4 Round Middleweight Bout
Nico Ali Walsh (debut) vs. Jordan Weeks (4-1, 2 KOs)

WBO International Super Lightweight Championship
Arnold Barboza (25-0, 10 KOs) vs. Antonio Moran (26-4-1, 19 KOs)

Prelims

10 Round Bantamweight Bout
Joshua Greer Jr (22-2-2, 12 KOs) vs. Jason Moloney (21-2, 18 KOs)

6 Round Heavyweight Bout
Trey Lippe Morrison (17-0, 17 KOs) vs. Don Haynesworth (16-6-1, 14 KOs)

6 Round Super Featherweight Bout
Karlos Balderas (9-1, 8 KOs) vs. Fidel Cervantes (9-1-1, 4 KOs)

8 Round Super Featherweight Bout
Andres Cortes (14-0, 7 KOs) vs. Genesis Servania (34-2, 16 KOs)

8 Round Super Featherweight Bout
Albert Bell (18-0, 5 KOs) vs. Julio Cortez (15-2, 11 KOs)

8 Round Featherweight Bout
Abraham Nova (19-0, 14 KOs) vs. Richard Pumicpic (22-11-2, 7 KOs)

*Fight card subject to change.
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Re: Andrew Moloney vs. Joshua Franco III - August 14, 2021

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Barboza is grindr ! :box:

comms saying it's close - not what I'm seeing - 5-1 for me!?
Anyone scoring ?
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That dude was there to lose….but the Ali grandson thing was fun.
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ldlamb wrote: 14 Aug 2021, 23:14 That dude was there to lose….but the Ali grandson thing was fun.
The guy was a bit of a salmon flopping around at every punch :lol:

Hope he atleast got a decent paycheck
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Yeah the trunks were pretty cool.

Should call himself Nico "Shades of Ali" Walsh :D
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Even so far
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