American boxer – Joshua “El Profesor” Franco has revealed that he had to change his game plan midway through his WBA super flyweight world title trilogy showdown against Andrew “The Monster” Moloney at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa on Saturday, August 14.
In their last outing [nine months], Franco was declared the winner through a controversial refereeing decision [accidental headbutt] which Andrew Moloney complained bitterly but the American outworked his Australian opponent over 12 rounds in the return fight to win their climatic fight by unanimous decision.
At the end of the epic 12-rounds, all three judges score the bout; 116-112 for Franco [18-1-2, 8 KOs].
In his post fight interview, however, the 25-year-old San Antonio [Texas] born said Moloney [21-2, 14 KOs] thought he was going to put pressure on him throughout the rounds but he switched his style along the way and that’s how come he was able to neutralized the Australian boxer.
“I had to switch it up on him. He thought I was going to put pressure on him the whole time. That wasn’t working, so I had to switch it up and go to my boxing skills.
“I had fun with my rhythm, with my jab, my feet. I’m comfortable in there, and that’s what I did.
“We just told each other, all that talking is part of the game, part of building the fight up. He’ll be world champion again. He’s a strong fighter. Nothing but respect to him. I wish him the best in his career.”
By James K. Attaglo Wilson