Joshua Franco vs Andrew Moloney
August 14, 2021 11:00 pm EDT
The Line: Joshua Franco +190 / Andrew Moloney -240
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Joshua Franco and Andrew Moloney fight Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the WBA super-flyweight title. Joshua Franco enters this fight with a 17-1-2 record that includes eight knockouts. Andrew Moloney enters this fight with a 21-1 record that includes 14 knockouts.
Franco has split his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a November no contest against Andrew Moloney. Franco saw his last bout come to an end due to an accidental head clash. The bout was stopped in the third round. Franco is a 25-year-old American who stands at 5’5”, has a 67-inch reach and an orthodox stance. He comes off as a defensive fighter who does a good job of keeping his hands up and rolling with the punches. Franco does some of his best work with counters and has some sneaky pop despite his smaller frame. As Franco showed against Bryan Bazan, he can drop an opponent if the right shot lands cleanly. Franco likes to stay busy, and he works his jab well. Franco is the type of fighter who gets better as the fight drags out. This will be Franco’s first career fight in Oklahoma.
This will be Moloney’s fourth fight since 2020, and he’s coming off a November no contest against Joshua Franco. Moloney saw his last bout end early, as his head clash left Frnaco’s eye damaged and he was unable to continue. Moloney is a 30-year-old Australian who stands at 5’5”, has a 65-inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Moloney is a sharp boxer who throws quick, crisp and accurate punches and does a wonderful job of working the body rather than just head hunting. He does a good job of getting in and out with his shots, and he has terrific head movement that prevents him from ever taking considerable damage. Moloney has good footwork and this recent power surge shows there’s some pop behind those punches as well. Moloney has all of the tools to become a household name these recent US bouts will only build his profile. This will be Moloney’s third career fight in the United States.
Moloney is probably the better pure boxer, as he throws sharp punches without wasting much motion and he gets in and out without taking clean damage. However, we’re getting plus money with Franco, who already beat Moloney a little over a year ago and landed 29.3 percent of his punches. Moloney had trouble landing consistent shots and was simply outworked. Franco is also the bigger fighter here with a two-inch reach advantage. We also can’t ignore this fight being in the US, and boxing has a long history of politics.
We’re getting value with Franco and the plus money.