A controversial no contest ruling has denied Australian Andrew Moloney the WBA tremendous flyweight title, sending the boxing world into meltdown. Most specialists have been sure Moloney had reclaimed the title from Joshua Franco when the American was unable to take to the ring for the third spherical of their Las Vegas bout.
Franco’s eye swelled up from what was dominated an unintentional headbutt within the first spherical of the scheduled 12-round contest. After the ringside doctor dominated Franco couldn’t go on on the finish of second spherical as a result of his eye was shut, the struggle was referred to as a no contest.
Nevada Athletic Fee officers reviewed the replay a number of occasions, spending a complete of 26 minutes earlier than upholding the no contest resolution by referee Russell Mora. Because the ready went on, the ESPN broadcast crew was adamant on air that they may see no headbutt and that Moloney ought to have been declared the winner as a result of the attention harm was brought on by punches.
“I can’t imagine that they took this away from me. I’ve educated my arse off the final 5 months, been away from my household,” the 29-year-old Moloney informed ESPN. “I can’t imagine they didn’t give it to me. I can’t imagine they’re taking this away from me.
“He didn’t contact me. That eye was closed by 50 jabs. That’s why his eye’s shut, not the headbutt. There was no headbutt.”
Promoter Bob Arum was furious concerning the resolution, protesting to no avail to Bob Bennett, head of the Nevada fee.
“That is an absolute shame,” Arum stated. “There was no headbutt. Andrew Moloney ought to be the brand new champion.”
The struggle was a rematch of their first struggle when Franco knocked Moloney down within the eleventh spherical and scored a unanimous resolution over the previously unbeaten Australian. It was staged on the undercard to the Terence Crawford-Kell Brook WBO welterweight contest.
Crawford retained his crown after stopping Brook inside 4 rounds.