‘It’s an absolute shame’: Australian boxer Andrew Moloney denied world title after controversial no-contest decision
- Officials Denied Andrew Moloney WBA Super Flyweight Boxing Title
- Referee rules Moloney’s opponent Joshua Franco injured his eye in a header
- The fight was ruled a no contest, sending fans on social media into a meltdown
- “I can’t believe they’re taking this from me,” Moloney said after the fight.
Australian boxer Andrew Moloney has been denied the WBA super flyweight boxing title after a controversial no contest decision.
Most pundits were certain Moloney had reclaimed the title from Joshua Franco when the American was unable to step into the ring for the third round of their fight in Las Vegas.
Franco’s eye swelled from what was deemed an accidental headbutt in the first round of the scheduled 12-round contest.
After the ring doctor ruled that Franco couldn’t continue at the end of the second round because his eye was closed, the fight was called a no contest against Moloney.
Officials have denied Andrew Moloney (pictured right with his twin brother Jason) the WBA super flyweight boxing title
Nevada Athletic Commission officials reviewed the replay several times, skipping a total of 26 minutes before upholding referee Russell Mora’s no-contest decision.
As the wait continued, ESPN’s broadcast crew were adamant on air that they couldn’t see any headbutts and that Moloney should have been declared the winner as the eye damage was done. by punches.
“I can’t believe they took this from me. I’ve been training my ass for the last five months, I’ve been away from my family,’ Moloney, 29, told ESPN .
“I can’t believe they didn’t give it to me. I can’t believe they’re taking this away from me.
“He didn’t touch me. This eye was closed by 50 blows. That’s why his eye is closed, not the headbutt. There was no headbutt.
Promoter Bob Arum was furious with the decision, protesting unsuccessfully to Bob Bennett, head of the Nevada commission.
The referee ruled Moloney’s opponent Joshua Franco (pictured) injured his eye in an accidental header
The fight was ruled a no contest, sending fans on social media into a meltdown. Pictured: A tweet from Joe Rogan after the controversial decision
“It’s an absolute disgrace,” Arum said. “There was no whim. Andrew Moloney should be the new champion.
The fight was a rematch of their first fight when Franco knocked down Moloney in the 11th round and scored a unanimous decision over the once undefeated Australian.
Social media was filled with disappointed fans after the controversial decision, with many shocked Moloney didn’t get the win.
‘My god did this man get robbed. One of the worst calls ever. What’s the point of an instant replay when it can happen? UFC commentator and comedian Joe Rogan tweeted.
“This may be the worst example of instant replay in sports history,” said another disgruntled fan. ‘What joke.’
The fight was staged on the Terence Crawford-Kell Brook WBO welterweight contest undercard.
Crawford retained his crown after stopping Brook in four rounds.
Moloney connects a right hand to Franco’s jaw during their WBA super flyweight title fight in Las Vegas