Tuesday night on ESPN live from the MGM grand “Bubble” in Las Vegas Top Rank presented a WBA “Regular” super flyweight title contest between champion Andrew Moloney and Joshua Franco.
The champion Andrew Moloney started out strong with his jab in succession, with his movement and repeated jab winning early rounds. It appeared as though Franco had no answer for Moloney’s style until the midway point of the contest. It was then Franco was able to apply effective pressure and land his combinations.
Once Franco placed Moloney on his back-foot he continued landing combinations at will. There would be a cut suffered by Moloney from a clean punch by Franco in round ten then a knockdown scored by Franco in the eleventh. The final round would have both fighters having their moments and finishing strong.
When the decision was announced judges seen it 115-112 and 114-113 114-113 all in favor of Joshua Franco.
With the win Joshua Franco now the “Regular” WBA super Flyweight champion improved to 17-1-2(8) while Andrew Moloney in his first career loss now stands at 21-1(14).
In the Co-Feature former world title challengers Christopher Diaz and Jason Sanchez faced off in a ten round featherweight contest. It was a hard fought contest with both men having their moments, Diaz using his jab to set up combinations while Sanchez pushed the action looking to trade inside.
As the fight wore on it was Diaz superior boxing skills that allowed him to keep Sanchez one step behind. Once the bout was over judges seen it 98-92 twice and 97-93 all in favor of Christopher Diaz who improved to 26-2(16) while Jason Sanchez now stands at 15-2(8).
In under card action
Super Lightweight Miguel Contreras took on Rolando Vargas in a six round contest. The experience of Contreras proved to be too much for the game Vargas who suffered a bloody nose and cut on the side of his right eye due to an accidental headbutt.
With the win Miguel Contreras improved to 11-0(6) while Rolando Vargas now stands at 5-1(5).
In heavyweight action Helaman Olguin 8-3(3) def. Adam Stewart 8-1-1(5) via MD 6