MGM Grand Conference Center, Las Vegas - In a rematch for the WBA "regular" super flyweight title, Joshua Franco (17-1-2, 8 KOs) and Andrew Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs) fought to a controversial three round no-decision.
Back in June, Franco dropped and decisioned a then unbeaten Moloney over twelve rounds.
Moloney came out much faster than he did in the first fight, and was landing more often. There was a clash of heads, according to the referee Russell Mora, that swelled up the right eye of Franco. The second round was more of the same, with Franco taking a lot of shots as he was dealing with a rapidly swelling eye.
As the fight entered the third round, the contest was stopped by a ringside doctor - as Franco was unable to see from the injured eye.
There was controversy over whether or not the eye injury was caused by a clash of heads or a flush jab to the eye, as was indicated in a replay by ESPN.
''His team’s talking sh-t,” Moloney said. “He did not touch me. That eye was closed by 50 jabs. I hit him with a jab in the first round, I hit it another 50 times, that’s why his eye’s shut. Not a headbutt. There’s no headbutt.
“I can’t believe that they took this away from me. 'I’ve trained my ass off the last five months, been away from my family, and they just took it away from me. I hope they can get me this third fight.”
There was a very long period of time where the ringside officials were reviewing the video replay footage to make a determination on what caused the eye injury.
Eventually, the Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled that the injury was caused by clash of heads - which created even more controversy over what actually caused the injury.