Andrew Moloney (21-1, 14 KOs) didn’t take much time to lick his wounds after his brutal decision loss to Joshua Franco last week. Despite suffering two perforated eardrums in that bout, Moloney is ready to run it right back, announcing that he’ll rematch Franco in his next outing.
I’m extremely excited to announce that I will be having a rematch with Joshua Franco.— Andrew Moloney (@AndrewMoloney) July 2, 2020
I want to say a huge thanks to @BobArum and the @trboxing team for giving me this opportunity. I worked my whole life to get that World Title and I’m now hungrier than ever to get it back! pic.twitter.com/Jxz2tuAtDy
ESPN cites Top Rank’s Carl Moretti who confirms Moloney has a rematch clause in his contract, which will force the fight, but a specific date and location has yet to be set. Eric Gomez of Golden Boy, who promotes Franco, also acknowledged the clause, and obviously isn’t hesitant to put Franco back in there after the way the last fight went.
“We agreed to an option,” said Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, which represents Franco. “If that’s the fight they want to do, then yeah, by all means. We just need the details.”
I can’t really fault Moloney for wanting to avenge that loss, but diving right back into another tough fight after taking the kind of physical punishment he did isn’t always the best move. In recent years we’ve seen fights like these end up going the same way or worse for the loser, but Moloney will obviously be looking to flip the script.
How much confidence do you have in Moloney to come back stronger in a rematch and beat Franco this time around?