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Australia’s Moloney Twins Return To Takeover Boxing World, Headline 2 ESPN Cards 6/23 & 6/25

WBA Super-Flyweight (Regular) World Champion, Australia’s Andrew “The Monster” Moloney, will return to action on June 23 to defend his World Title, against Joshua “El Professor” Franco, (16-1-2), as a part of Top Rank and ESPN’s return to boxing events in Las Vegas.

Franco is a top ten ranked contender in the bantamweight division and is returning to the Super-flyweight division for this title fight.

The fight will be first world championship fight since the COVID-19 pandemic shut the world down for three months. Champion Andrew Moloney, spoke to ESPN telling how excited he was for his first title defence.

“It’s a dream come true for me to be headlining at the MGM Grand for my first world title defense,” Andrew Moloney said. “Thank you to Top Rank and my team for giving me this amazing opportunity. Franco is a great fighter, but I believe I am faster, more powerful, and too hungry to let anyone take this belt away from me.”

The undefeated Moloney, is on a four fight knockout streak and won the vacant Interim Title against Elton Dharry last November. Moloney was promoted to the full title status after the Gonzalez v Yafai fight in February.

Moloney is the Australia’s only major world title holder since Jeff Horn, who lost his WBO Welterweight Title to Terence Crawford in 2018. It’s now time for Moloney to prove he was worthy of his promotion by the WBA.

Twin Brother Jason (20-1,17KOs) also returns to action on June 25, in a ten round Bantamweight against Leonardo Baez.

In October of 2018, Jason came within a hair of winning the IBF Bantamweight Title against Emmanuel Rodriguez, in the World Boxing Series. Since his first and only loss, Jason has racked up three victories including his latest victory over Dixon Flores appearing on the same card as he younger brother Andrew, last November.

The Brothers Manager Tony Tolj spoke about the upcoming bouts:

“It’s very exciting times as Australia’s only world champion, Andrew Moloney, will defend his title against a tough warrior in Joshua Franco,” said Tony Tolj. “Jason has trained hard and is ready for world championship opportunities. Both are in tough fights that the fans are going to love. We want to fight the best. It’s a great honor to headline back-to-back shows, especially at MGM Grand.”


Both Andrew and Jason’s events will air on ESPN from 8pm ET on June 23rd and June 25th. Official Aussie TV details to be released soon. 

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Written by Jason Fletcher

Recently retired Australian Soldier that has always had a passion for sports, particularly Rugby League, Boxing and MMA. Former Semi-pro League, player and amateur boxer that wants to share the passion for Aussie Boxing