Australian boxer Andrew ‘The Monster’ Moloney has officially made an appeal towards the result of his title fight with Joshua Franco, over the weekend.
It was a redemption fight for Moloney, looking to avenge their first fight and reclaim the WBA super-flyweight world title.
Bruising on Franco’s right eye started to show early into the fight and Moloney continue to attack that area.
Prior to the start of round three, a ringside medic was called into the ropes to examine Franco’s eye.
The fight was almost instantly called off, declaring Franco unfit to continue, due to lack of vision.
Officials declared there was a clash of heads in those rounds, stating that was the reason Franco’s eye closed up, declaring the fight a no contest, seeing Franco retain the world title.
“That eye was closed by fifty jabs, I hit him with a jab early in the first round and seen a little lump and went straight after it, that’s why his eye is shut, no headbutt,” Moloney said.
“I cant believe that they’ve took this away from me, I’ve worked my ass off the last five months, been away from my family.
Fighters and fans all had their say over social media over this decision. Even Joe Rogan got involved in the discussion.
“My god did this man get robbed. One of the worst calls ever. What is the point of an instant replay when this can happen?” Rogan said.
Moloney’s team have since appealed the no contest with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, aiming to have the decision overturned.
Future talks are already underway for a potential trilogy fight between Moloney and Franco, to take place on Australian land.
Arum said he hopes to have George Kambosos Jnr challenge the new undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez, as the main event for this card.
“I would like to get in touch with Timmy Tszyu, Kostya Tszyu’s son, because I promoted a number of fights years ago for Kostya Tszyu. I would love to have him on the card.”
“Arum says it will be a great tribute to all the great boxers in Australia, particularly the Moloney brothers.”
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