Aussie Andrew Moloney will be out to get back what he believes is rightfully his when he takes on Josh Franco for the WBA super flyweight title.
It is the third time the duo have met in the ring, with Franco winning the first last June in an upset unanimous decision victory over Moloney.
A subsequent rematch bout was overshadowed by controversy after ending in a ‘no decision’ verdict after the referee ruled swelling on Franco’s eye was caused by a headbutt.
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To this day Moloney still believes it should have been a TKO ruling in his favour and taunted Franco at the pre-fight press conference, insisting the entire world agrees.
“I know 100 percent deep down inside there was no headbutt… the whole world knows there was no head clash,” he said.
Moloney believes Franco underestimated him in the second bout but is expected a far more determined opponent this time around given he has so much to prove.
Brother Jason will also look to get himself back on the path towards world title contention after a lengthy 11-month layoff.
Moloney (21-2, 18 KOs) was stopped in his last fight against Naoya Inoue and now American Joshua Greer (22-2-2, 12 KOs) awaits.
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Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali, will also make his professional debut against Jordan Weeks on Sunday before the Franco vs Moloney main event.
“I feel like everyone puts this pressure on me because of my grandfather being who he was, but to me, it’s just my grandfather,” he said.
“To everyone else, it’s the Greatest of All Time. I believe that too, but to me, it’s just my grandfather.”
WHEN: Sunday, August 15
START TIME: The action is expected to get underway from 11am with the main event at around 1pm
WHERE: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
HOW TO WATCH: Watch on Main Event, available on Foxtel and Kayo
Joshua Franco vs. Andrew Moloney for Franco’s WBA super flyweight title
Arnold Barboza Jr. vs Antonio Moran (super lightweights)
Jason Moloney vs. Joshua Greer (bantamweights)
Karlos Balderas vs. Fidel Cervantes (lightweight)
Nico Ali Walsh vs. Jordan Weeks (cruiserweight)
TALE OF THE TAPE
Nationality : American
Reach : 67ins
Total fights : 21
Record :17-1-2 with 8 KOs
Reach : 65ins
Total fights : 23
Record : 21-1-0 with 14 KOs