Advert

Latest

10 minutes ago
Advert
24 minutes ago
Advert

Most Popular

2 days ago
Advert

Aussie Boxer Andrew Moloney Robbed Of World Title In 'One Of The Worst Calls Ever'

Aussie Boxer Andrew Moloney Robbed Of World Title In 'One Of The Worst Calls Ever'

Honestly, you have to question whether the judges were actually watching the replays.

Andrew Moloney's shot at redemption against WBA Super Flyweight champ Joshua Franco was cut agonisingly short after one controversial incident saw the bout descend into carnage.

Credit: Twitter/ESPN
Credit: Twitter/ESPN

Aussie boxer Moloney was looking to avenge his first professional defeat after losing his Super Flyweight title to Franco back in June.

Advert

But in the highly-anticipated rematch in Las Vegas, die-hard boxing tragics and even the casual fans are saying that he was robbed - an even that could be an understatement.

Joshua Franco's swollen eye. Credit: WBA Boxing
Joshua Franco's swollen eye. Credit: WBA Boxing

Things started brightly for Moloney.

He out-landed his opponent 25 shots to 11 in the very first round.

Advert

And in the second he had Franco chasing shadows.

The Australian was well and truly dominating and it looked like he was on the verge of having his hand raised when Franco was struggling to come out of his corner for the start of the third round.

Swelling around his eye had many (including Moloney himself) believing that the fight would be stopped and the belt would switch hands once again.

But boy, weren't we all wrong.

Advert

Referee Russell Mora ruled that Franco's eye had closed up completely and he was unable to compete any longer.

But despite countless replays showing that it was actually a powerful jab that had done all the damage, the Nevada State Athletic Commission officials ruled that an accidental Moloney headbutt had inflicted the eye injury.

What makes the decision even worse is that they took almost 30 minutes to review the entire incident.

Advert

Rules under the Nevada State Athletic Commission state that four rounds of boxing need to be completed before the scorecards come into effect, meaning that the fight was declared a 'no decision' and Franco subsequently retained his title.

The result sent fans and experts into meltdown.

UFC reporter Ariel Helwani tweeted: "Man, this is heartbreaking. Impossible not to feel for Moloney. Not right. He won."

Advert

While The Athletic's Mike Coppinger added: "Russell Mora calling it an accidental clash of heads after Joshua Franco's swollen shut left eye forced stoppage, but it clearly was a punch. Should be a TKO victory for Andrew Moloney."

As UFC commentator Joe Rogan tweeted: "My god did this man get robbed. One of the worst calls ever. What is the point of an instant replay when this can happen?"

Even NBA superstar Trae Young chimed in: "There wasn't a headbutt?!? What we doin now boxing.... Moloney was going to win."











As for Moloney, the expressions plastered over his face painted a picture.

But after the bout, the Aussie let the entire boxing world know of his true feelings.

"I can't believe that they took this away from me," he said.

"I've trained my arse off the last five months, been away from my family.

"I can't believe they didn't give it to me... I can't believe they're taking this away from me."

It's understood Moloney is planning on appealing the decision with the hope of getting a rematch.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/ESPN

Topics: Aussie, Boxing, Highlights, Video, injury, watch, latest news, Las Vegas, Australia, WBA, Updates

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Cristiano Ronaldo's Free-Kick Record Exposed In Damning Study
Football

Cristiano Ronaldo's Free-Kick Record Exposed In Damning Study

published at10 minutes ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Football

Diego Maradona Has Passed Away Age 60 After Cardiac Arrest

published at2 days ago

Max Sherry

Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.