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Joshua Franco outlasts Andrew Moloney for WBA junior bantamweight title

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Steve KimESPN

Joshua Franco captured the WBA regular junior bantamweight title by defeating previously undefeated Australian champion Andrew Moloney in a hard-fought unanimous decision Tuesday night at the fan-free MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.

Punch StatsPunchesMoloneyFrancoTotal landed191231Total thrown663789Percent29%29%Jabs landed5775Jabs thrown368340Percent16%22%Power landed134156Power thrown295449Percent45%35%– Courtesy of CompuBox

The judges had the scores at 115-112, 114-113 and 114-113 for Franco,

What was a closely fought battle in the first half became a fight that Franco took over in the late rounds with steady pressure and a consistent midrange attack. While Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs) banked early rounds and made a commitment to the body with his left hook, Franco never bowed to the pressure. In fact, he seemed to get stronger as the night continued.

A booming overhand right in the 10th round cut Moloney near his left eye and his face began to visibly bruise. In the 11th round, Franco scored a knockdown from an accumulation of punches, which proved pivotal in the scoring.

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Sources — Oscar Negrete (eye) ruled out of June 25 fight against Jason Moloney

Jun 14, 2020

Steve KimESPN

Bantamweight Oscar Negrete has been ruled out of the June 25 fight against Jason Moloney (20-1, 17 KOs) because of a detached retina, multiple sources told ESPN.

Negrete will be replaced by Leonardo Baez (18-2, 9 KOs), who has a six-fight winning streak. The bout is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.

“Baez is a solid guy. I have no doubt it will be an entertaining fight as well,” Carl Moretti, Top Rank’s vice president of boxing operations, told ESPN. “He’s been ready.”

Moretti said Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez was able to get Baez on late notice after several potential opponents weren’t available because they hadn’t been training due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Negrete (19-2-2, 7 KOs), 32, defeated Alberto Melian on Feb. 6 in a 10-round decision. Prior to that, he was involved in an entertaining and competitive fight against Joshua Franco that was ruled a split draw.

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