Top Rank Boxings’ ‘ Moloney Week’ begins today when Andrew Moloney (21-0, 14 KO) puts his WBA super flyweight title on the line against Joshua Franco (16-1-2, 8 KO) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The four-fight card is scheduled to begin at 8pm (ET)
Australian’s Andrew and his twin brother Jason —who competes at bantamweight and will fight Leonardo Baez on Thursday— arrived in Las Vegas last month after receiving exemptions to leave Australia. Andrew captured the interim title last November after stopping Elton Dharry in the eighth round. He was then elevated to champion in March after Nicaraguan legend Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez was made super champion following his victory over Kal Yafai.
Moloney has set his sights on fighting ‘Chocolatito,’ but that fight only comes into play if he can get past Franco, who is no walkover. The 24-year-old San Antonian is fresh of a three-fight series with Oscar Negrete, and while he may be a step behind Moloney in the overall skills department, if the Australian fighter does not bring his A-game, it could be a tough night at the office for the 29-year-old.
The co-main event will see featherweights Christopher Diaz (25-2, 16 KO) and Jason Sanchez (15-1, 8 KO) go head to head. Diaz is 2-2 in his last four bouts with his losses coming from Masayuki Ito and Shakur Stevenson. The Ito bout was for the vacant WBO super featherweight title, and Diaz knows that if he wants to stay in the mix for big fights in the future, he will need to get past Sanchez, whose only loss to date was a points decision to Oscar Valdez.
Main Card (ESPN & ESPN Deportes)
- WBA Super Flyweight World Title: Andrew Moloney def. Joshua Franco via Unanimous Decision
- Featherweight: Christopher Diaz def. Jason Sanchez via Unanimous Decision
- Super Lightweight: Miguel Contreras def. Rolando Vargas via Unanimous Decision
- Heavyweight: Helaman Olguin def. Adam Stewart via Majority Decision