American boxing legend Andre Ward has gifted his personal legal team to Andrew Moloney as the Ausssie fight to reclaim the WBA Super Flyweight now unites more than just Hollywood.
News Corp can reveal Moloney has been personally contacted by Ward, who was working ringside as an ESPN commentator for last weekend’s now infamous ‘No Contest’ between the Aussie and US champ Josh Franco.
The super middleweight king, who went undefeated in 32 fights, has offered his lawyer, Josh Dubin, as part of a growing Team Moloney fan club now boasting the likes of Dame Helen Mirren, Rosie Perez, Joe Rogan and LL Cool J.
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Andrew Moloney discusses his title robbery with Bob Arum in Las Vegas.Source:Supplied
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The 29-year-old Aussie also met with promoter Bob Arum at Top Rank’s Las Vegas headquarters on Monday, where he was told Franco had likely suffered a fractured eye socket.
During a meeting of around 90 minutes, Arum also produced footage which he believes proves it was Moloney’s left jab which caused the damage.
The heavyweight US promoter has also opened talks to stage any third title bout between Moloney and Franco in Australia, with early predictions being for April next year.
“Although I’m ready to fight now,” said the Kingscliff father-of-one, who appeared to have become a two-time world champion when his fight against Franco was called off after just two rounds.
However, referee Russell Mora ruled the US champion’s swollen right eye, which brought the stoppage, was caused by an accidental head clash in round one.
Ringside officials then spent 30 minutes reviewing tape as part of the newly-introduced video replay rule, only to eventually upholding the initial ruling.
The decision incensed fight fans everywhere, including Ward and fellow great Timothy Bradley who were commentating ringside for ESPN.
Andre Ward has joined the Andrew Moloney fan club.Source:AFP
“Andre spoke to me immediately after the fight and said ‘they robbed you’,” Moloney revealed.
“He told me he’d watched all the replays and that there was no head clash. Said the damage was caused by a punch.
“So he said to keep my chin up and that I’d get an opportunity.”
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“Andre phoned up his lawyer and said ‘we need to help this guy out, what they’ve done to him is wrong’,” Moloney continued.
“So we now have his lawyer on board helping our appeal.
“And I’m so grateful for that.
The swollen eye of Joshua Franco scaused plenty of conjecture.Source:Getty Images
“Obviously with Andre being a fighter himself, he understands what this means to me.
“Understands how much I’ve sacrificed.”
As part of the appeal process, Moloney, manager Tony Tolj and twin brother Jason also attended Arum’s Top Rank offices on Monday to finalise their paperwork for the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“Bob has footage which clearly shows it was the punch that damaged the eye, not a head clash,” Moloney said.
“So that gives me some confidence that we can get this overturned.
“And he is also really keen to get a third fight between myself and Franco held in Australia early next year which I’m also really excited about.
“We’ve heard over here that apparently my punch fractured Franco’s eye socket.
“So I’m ready to prove who the really champion is.”
Robbed Moloney set for Aussie redemption
US fight promoter Bob Arum wants to bring Andrew Moloney’s next world title fight Down Under after the Australian unwittingly became an overnight star.
Despite being robbed of the WBA Super Flyweight title in Las Vegas on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph can reveal Moloney is now in talks for an Australian rematch with American champ Joshua Franco.
The 29-year-old has also been inundated with messages of support following the ridiculous ‘No Contest’ decision which infuriated everyone from famed British actress Dame Helen Mirren through to UFC legend Daniel Cormier, NBA star Damian Lillard, even rapper LL Cool J.
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Others to vent frustration at the decision on social media included American actress Rosie Perez, musician Willie Colon, ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas, boxing great Andre Ward and UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
“Apparently after the fight I was trending on Twitter,” Moloney laughed on Monday afternoon.
“It’s been crazy here.
“I’ve honestly had so many messages, thousands of them from people all over the world.
“So I guess that’s the silver lining to being ripped off.
“With so many people knowing who I am now – and knowing what happened — Bob Arum is already in talks about bringing my title rematch to Australia.”
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I didn’t see a headbutt that did that to his eye
Bad decision. Jabs closed his eye. https://t.co/P4UXYo9MNH
After losing his WBA strap to Franco in June, Moloney appeared to have reclaimed gold at the MGM Grand on Sunday (AEST) after the fight was stopped after just two rounds due to swelling around Franco’s right eye.
While all evidence suggested the eye was wrecked by Moloney’s left jab, referee Russell Mora inexplicably ruled the damage had been caused by an accidental clash of heads, thereby rendering the fight a ‘No Contest’.
Incredibly, the Nevada State Athletic Commission then reviewed tape of the first round for 30 minutes under the new ‘video replay’ ruling before upholding the decision.
Moloney and his manager Tony Tolj are now due to meet with Arum on Monday in Las Vegas, with the trio still hopeful of having the decision overturned.
The next bout Franco-Maloney bout could be held in Australia.Source:Getty Images
However if Moloney is instead forced to have a third world title fight with Franco, Arum wants the bout held in Australia to capitalise on the fighter’s new-found fame.
“Right now, Bob still wants the decision overturned,” Moloney said.
“On the night when they didn’t overturn the decision, he told the referee to get out of the ring. Called him a bum.
“But who knows what will happen?
“There’s a chance I’ll have a rematch and, if that happens, Bob wants it to be in Australia. That would be really special.”
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Certainly most people think Moloney should have the title already.
After watching the fight on Main Event last Sunday, Aussie boxing great Danny Green labelled the decision “disgusting” while Jeff Fenech dubbed it the greatest robbery of an Aussie since his infamous 1991 draw with Azumah Nelson.
“And the reaction, it’s been incredible,” Moloney continued.
“After the fight, (ESPN analysts and fight greats) Andre Ward and Timothy Bradley both spoke with me.
“Same with everyone who was in the ESPN production truck watching the replays, they also said I was robbed.
“Nobody in that arena could believe they came up with the decision they did.
“And to get support too from so many people back home, from UFC fighters, NBA basketballers, even LL Cool J and Helen Mirren … (laughs) I didn’t even know she was a boxing fan.”
But as for Mirren posting on Instagram about Moloney being robbed, only to use an accompanying picture of twin brother Jason?
“Ah that happens all the time,” the fighter laughed.
“I remember coming out to fight in Chile one time, where there was a big billboard that was supposed to have my picture.
“But that one was Jason, too.”
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