Andrew Moloney and Joshua Franco made weight Monday afternoon for the first world title fight ESPN will televise since it began broadcasting boxing again June 9.
Australia’s Moloney officially weighed in at 114½ pounds for his defense of the WBA world super flyweight title Tuesday night at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. San Antonio’s Franco came in at 115 pounds even for their 12-round, 115-pound championship match.
Franco first stepped on the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s scale at 115.2 pounds. He weighed exactly 115 pounds after taking off his underwear and his protective mask.
ESPN will televise the Moloney-Franco fight as the main event of a five-fight show scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The 29-year-old Moloney is listed as a 9-1 favorite to defeat Franco, the WBA’s 12th-rated contender for his championship. Moloney was elevated from the WBA’s interim 115-pound champion to world champion since he won the WBA interim crown by stopping Guyana’s Elton Dharry (24-6-1, 14 KOs) after the eighth round of his last fight, November 15 in Melbourne, Australia.
Nicaragua’s Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (49-2, 41 KOs) is the WBA’s “super” champion in the 115-pound division.
The 24-year-old Franco stopped Mexico’s Jose Burgos (17-3, 14 KOs) in the ninth round of his last fight, January 11 in San Antonio. Franco went 1-0-2 in his three previous fights, all against Colombia’s Oscar Negrete (19-2-2, 7 KOs).
Earlier Monday, Christopher Diaz and Jason Sanchez made weight for their 10-round featherweight fight, the first bout ESPN will air Tuesday night.
Diaz (25-2, 16 KOs), of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, officially weighed 124¾ pounds. Sanchez (15-1, 8 KOs), of Albuquerque, New Mexico, came in at the featherweight limit of 126 pounds.
Below are weights for the three fights ESPN will televise between the Diaz-Sanchez and Moloney-Franco fights.
Joseph Adorno (14-0-1, 12 KOs), Allentown, Pennsylvania, 136 pounds vs. Alexis del Bosque (17-5, 9 KOs), Dallas, 134¼ pounds, 8 rounds, junior welterweights.
Miguel Contreras (10-0, 6 KOs), Bakersfield, California, 137¼ pounds vs. Rolando Vargas (5-0, 5 KOs), 137 pounds, Milwaukee, 6 rounds, junior welterweights.
Adam Stewart (8-0-1, 5 KOs), Phoenix, 232¼ pounds vs. Helaman Olguin (7-3, 3 KOs), South Jordan, Utah, 290 pounds, 6 rounds, heavyweights.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.