One more time.

Australian Andrew Moloney and WBA super flyweight champion Joshua Franco have gone back-and-forth one last time before their highly anticipated trilogy fight on Sunday (AEST).

Despite being labelled a “crybaby”, Moloney delivered a reality check of his own at their pre-fight press conference overnight, with the two then locking eyes in an intense face-off.

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The third showdown between the flyweights is the most bitter of the lot; nine months on from one of the most controversial moments inside the ring in 2020.

After his belt and his undefeated record were taken by Franco in their first go-around, Moloney took control in the rematch; closing his opponent’s eye within two rounds and stopping the fight. The problem? The damage to Franco’s eye was ruled to have come back from a headbutt, despite a 30-minute review seemingly pointing toward a jab creating the injury.

Ultimately ruled a no contest, Franco kept his belt and Moloney went back to Australia to stew on the decision.

“Maybe I like to torture myself,” Moloney said when asked why he’s watched that fight so many times over.

“But I feel that loss — well, not a loss — but they took that title away from last time, there’s no doubt about that; that’s made me so determined and watching that just gives me motivation for this fight.

“I’ve had that last result playing over and over in my head for the last nine months. Every day that’s pushed me to train harder and get more out of myself and I really feel like that’s helped me improve a hell of a lot as a fighter over the last nine months and I believe I’ve gone to a whole new level and I look forward to showing that.”

Franco knows he needs to make a “statement” in the third instalment, but is tired of his Australian foe’s complaints.

“That’s just the way he is — he just cries and cries, he’s a crybaby to me.” Franco said. “But it’s alright. Like I said, I’m here to make a statement and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Moloney had the support of the boxing world after his opportunity to become a two-time world champion was so cruelly taken away.

And while Franco won’t admit it, Moloney believes his rival knows the truth.

“I know 100 percent, deep down inside he knows there was no headbutt,” the 30-year-old said.

“The whole world knows there was no head clash. If you watch the replay you’ll see. There’s one minutes and 36 seconds left in round one, and I land a jab that shuts his eye.

“I knew that on the night and I’m even more sure of that now.”

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By Malvi