The former owner of the “normal” WBA championship title is an Australian fighter of the second lightest weight (up to 52.2 kg) Andrew Moloney (21-1, 14 KO) will get a chance to close out the defeat and regain the belt in a rematch with American Joshua Franco (17-1-2, 8 KO).
According to the loser, the contract contained a clause about an immediate rematch, which he will use: “I am very happy to announce that I will have a rematch with Franco. I want to thank Bob Arum and Top Rank for this opportunity. I have worked all my life to win the world title. And now I feel even more hungry than ever-I will definitely get my belt back.”
The Moloney-Franco fight took place at the end of June in Las Vegas (USA)-the American dropped an opponent, won a hard victory in a competitive confrontation.
It is expected that the rematch will take place on September 19 in the undercard of lightweight Vasyl Lomachenko from Ukraine and Teofimo Lopez from the United States, or on December 19 in the undercard of heavyweights Tyson fury from Britain and Diontay Wilder from the United States.
Andrew’s own brother, Jason Moloney (21-1, 18 KO), dreams of a title chance. He aims to win the WBO light heavyweight title (up to 53.5 kg)-claims to fight the Filipino champion puncher John Riel Casimero (29-4, 20 KO).
The latter broke down a unification fight with the division leader, Japanese Naoya Inoue — the Filipino was denied a visa.
Moloney is ranked 2nd in the WBO rankings, but claims 1st. His comment: “(1st WBO number) Joshua Greer fought in front of me and lost (to Mike Plania). So I expect it to lose positions in the updated ranking. And considering that I won (Leonardo Baez) and did it vividly, I think that I will be put on the 1st line in the top 15 according to the WBO version.”
Casimero took the WBO title in the status of a mandatory Challenger from the African Zolani Tete — it is unlikely that the organization will require the Filipino to conduct a mandatory defense. He does not hide that his priority is a unification fight with WBA Super/IBF champion Inoue.