Tuesday over ESPN Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, brought in interim WBA World Super Fly Champ Andrew “The Monster” Moloney, of Australia, defending but losing his title to Joshua “The Professor” Franco, of San Antonio, TX, over 12 rounds.
In the Main Event interim WBA World Super Fly champ Andrew “The Monster” Moloney, 21-1 (14), #114 1/2, of Kingscliff, Australia, came off the canvas to lose his title to Joshua “The Professor” Franco, 17-1-2 (8), #115, of San Antonio, TX, over 12 exciting rounds.
In the first round Moloney easily handled Franco by coming forth with a tight offense landing with both hands on a defensive Franco. In the second round Franco landed effective left uppercuts to the body and chin of the oncoming Moloney. It was a big difference in the round by Franco being on the offense keeping Moloney on the defense.
In the third round Franco started fast with Moloney taking over in the second half of the round. In the fourth round Moloney started showing more angles landing well to the body of Franco. In the fifth round Franco got back into the fight with good body work as Moloney stayed more stationery.
In the sixth round Franco continued outworking Moloney whose best offense was a left hook to the body and a right to the chin of Franco in the final ten seconds. In the seventh round Franco continued to get the best of the round with more offense than the champion Moloney.
In the eighth round both fighters showed good offense with Moloney seemingly having an edge. In the ninth round it was again a close one with Franco having an edge though Moloney finished strong at the end of the round. In the tenth round Franco was warned by referee Tony Weeks to keep his punches up. Midway in the round Moloney suffered a cut over his left eye from a Franco chopping right causing blood streaming down the side of his face.
In the eleventh round early Franco knocked down Moloney with a four-punch combination to the head for an 8-count from referee Weeks. Moloney got up and started moving around the ring staying always from the hard punching Franco as best he could.
In the twelfth and final round Franco came right out landing a big lead right to the head of Moloney. Mooney came back well in the round knowing his title could be leaving him.
Scores were Patricia Morse Jarman and Dave Moretti 114-113 and Julie Lederman 115-112 as did this writer have it.
“I can’t believe it I am a world champion. Robert (Garcia, the trainer) kept me in the zone,” said Franco.
In the co-feature Featherweight Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz, #124 ¾, 26-2 (16), of Barranquitas, PR, easily defeated Jason “El Alacrancito” Sanchez, 15-2 (8), #126, of Albuquerque, NM, over 10 rounds.
In the first round Diaz easily out boxed the defensive minded Sanchez. In round two Sanchez started throwing more punches but Diaz countered him well. In the third round Diaz continued to outwork Sanchez. In the fourth round Diaz used a good double left hook to the chin of Sanchez early in the round. Sanchez seemed content on staying on the defense with Diaz continuing to outwork him.
In the fifth round Sanchez would use a triple jab but couldn’t pull the trigger on his right as Diaz outmaneuvered him landing punches to the chin. In the sixth round Sanchez couldn’t seem to find the mark when he did throw punches as the more experienced Diaz countered him well.
In the eighth round Diaz was warned for hitting on the break by referee Vic Drakulich. Sanchez picked up the offense a bit in a close round. In the ninth round Diaz came forward slipping punches and countering Sanchez on his chin with left hooks. In the tenth and final round Diaz was landing with both hands drawing blood from the nose of Sanchez. Knowing he needed a knockout Sanchez showed little offense.
Scores were Tim Cheatham and Richard Ocasio 98-92 while Mike DeLuca had it 97-93 and this writer 99-91.
“I shined today and I will shine tomorrow. Bring me a fight with a world champion. I can make 122 if needed. We had a great team,” said Diaz.
Super Lightweight Miguel “Caveman” Contreras, 11-0 (6), #137 ¼, of Bakersfield, CA, won an action packed decision over Rolando Vargas, 5-1 (5), #137, of Milwaukee, WI, over 6 rounds.
In the first round Contreras controlled the action. In the second round the action continued with Vargas suffering a bloody nose but may have edged out the round. In the third round Vargas suffered a cut over the right eye due to a clash of heads that referee Robert Hoyle did not take any action. The action continued with Vargas having an edge.
In the fourth and fifth rounds the cut from Vargas continued running down the side of his face with a more active Contreras taking the rounds. In the sixth and final round continued getting outworked by Contreras while looking for one big shot. The last 10 seconds were the best of the round by both fighters. Vargas’ cut continued running down the side of his face by the end of the round.
Scores were Julie Lederman, Patricia Morse Jarman and Glenn Trowbridge had it 58-56 with this writer scoring 59-55.
Heavyweight southpaw Helaman “The Dream” Olguin, 8-3 (3), #290, of South Jordan, UT, won a majority decision over Adam “All American” Stewart, 8-1-1 (5), #232 ¼, of Phoenix, AZ, over 6 dull rounds.
In the first round due to a clash of heads Stewart suffered a minor cut under his right eye. Referee Robert Hoyle called it accidental. In the second round the 36 year-old overweight Olguin was landing a dozen lead lefts on the chin of the 31 year-old 6:06 Stewart when he wasn’t pulling him into a clinch. Stewart was coming off a 13 month lay-off and it showed.
In the third and fourth rounds too much holding continued. What little punches landed were by Olguin with several left uppercuts on the chin of Stewart. In the fifth round Stewart showed a little more offense than in the previous rounds. In the sixth and final round Olguin was out of gas with Steward trying his best to get a draw.
Scores were Tim Cheatham and Richard Ocasio 58-56 twice and Glenn Trowbridge 57-57 as did this writer have it.
Due to coming in well overweight and sick trying to make weight unbeaten Joseph Adorno’s fight was cancelled.