Tomorrow night’s WBA “world” junior bantamweight title fight between Andrew Moloney and Joshua Franco is set, as is the featherweight co-feature and the rest of the card, which takes place Tuesday at 8 pm ET on ESPN.
Moloney (21-0, 14 KO) will be defending the belt against Franco (16-1-2, 8 KO) in the 12-round main event. The Aussie Moloney won the interim title last November, and has since been “elevated” to “world” title status, a goofy series of events that kicked off when Roman Gonzalez beat Kal Yafai to win the WBA title, and was immediately elevated to “super world” champion, which Yafai had not been.
Moloney weighed in at 114½ pounds, with Franco having to strip down to make the 115-pound limit.
The co-feature is a pivotal featherweight bout between Christopher Diaz (25-2, 16 KO) and Jason Sanchez (15-1, 8 KO), and will open the broadcast right at 8 pm ET. (Well probably about 8:12 or so, but you get my meaning.)
Diaz challenged for a vacant WBO title at 130 back in 2018, and has since moved down to featherweight, going 2-1 with a loss to Shakur Stevenson in 2019. He weighed in at 124¾, his lowest weight since his pro debut back in 2013. Sanchez, who lost to Oscar Valdez last year, weighed in at the limit of 126.
Lightweight prospect Joseph Adorno (14-0-1, 12 KO) is also set for action, as he’ll face Alexis del Bosque (17-5, 9 KO) in an eight-round bout. Adorno weighed 136, with del Bosque at 134¼ for their eight-round fight.
Heavyweights Adam Stewart (8-0-1, 5 KO) and Helaman Olguin (7-3, 3 KO) weighed in at 232¼ and 290, respectively, and Rolando Vargas (5-0, 5 KO) and Miguel Contreras (10-0, 6 KO) weighed in at 137 and 137¼, respectively. Both of those fights are set for six rounds.