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Moloney announces retirement after controversial loss to Guevara

Australian boxer Andrew Moloney (26-4) says he is retiring from the sport following Sunday’s controversial split-decision loss to Pedro Guevara (42-4-1), a fight he is adamant should have gone his way.

Moloney, 33, was in control of the early rounds of the pair’s WBC Interim super-bantamweight title bout at RAC Arena — as part of the Vasiliy Lomachenko-George Kambosos undercard — but the Mexican began to turn the tide from the fifth round onward, showcasing his stamina and laying a flurry of attacks on Moloney’s body.

Two judges scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Guevara, while the other believed Moloney had done enough, scoring it 116-113 for the Australian.

“I’m done with this sport,” Moloney said in the ring immediately following the fight. “That’s the last you’ll see of me. I want to thank my sponsors. I’m retired, I’m out. I love you all, but sorry, f— that.

“I felt in total control. I did what I had to do in there tonight to get the win. I don’t want to make excuses, but I went into this fight with a torn biceps, so I couldn’t throw the left hook unless I needed to. I didn’t feel like I needed to throw it because I was in total control.”

Lucan Browne (31-6) too announced retirement from boxing after loosing to Hemi Ahio (22-1) in the undercard of Lomachenko – Kambosos.

45-year-old former WBA champion was stopped early.

“I am incredibly proud of what I’ve accomplished in the ring, and I am deeply thankful to all the fans who have supported me along the way. I hope you were entertained; win, lose or draw,” said Browne.

“It’s been an incredible journey, and I’m excited to embark on the next chapter of my life with my family and continue to contribute to the sport through my gym.”