Joshua Franco is the new WBA world flyweight champion following his last night’s upset victory over Andrew Moloney at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The fight marked the first championship battle since March when boxing and world sports got postponed due to coronavirus pandemic.
Franco,24, went into the fight as the underdog, but in the end, got the right UD (115-112 and 114-113 2x). Franco dominated down the stretch, knocked Moloney down in the 11th round, and swept the 12th on all three judges’ cards to secure the victory.
“After the fourth round, I gained momentum and figured him out. I always knew this was possible,” Franco said. “I wasn’t nervous when the decision was being read. I knew I’d done enough to win this fight. My coach, Robert Garcia, had me ready. I’m going home with the belt.”
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