Upon further review, the preponderance of evidence suggests that Russell Mora got it right.
Mora, a veteran boxing referee and a New Mexico native, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission have been under fire since Nov. 14. That evening, Mora ruled that an accidental clash of heads led to the stoppage after two rounds of a WBA super flyweight title fight in Las Vegas between champion Joshua Franco and challenger Andrew Moloney.
By rule, with Franco’s right eye closed from damage incurred in the first round, the bout was ruled no contest. The official scorecards cannot come into play under such circumstances unless a fight goes at least four rounds.