The Argentine floored Molina in the eighth and then at the end of the tenth. The end was near for Molina who fought on gamely but was sent to the canvas again at the beginning of the eleventh frame. At that point referee Pat Russell had no choice but to wave the off. “Molina is a tough fighter. He took some big blows. I was a bit surprised he came back out for the 11th," said Matthysse, who bounced back from his September loss to Danny Garcia in rousing fashion.
As for Molina, in many ways, he won, despite losing. It was the type of effort that erases the Antonio Demarco debacle.
“I am very disappointed. We gave the fans a good fight and I’m happy about that. I wasn’t well-known before this fight but I feel like I am now. I’m disappointed I didn’t finish Lucas. I had him hurt, but this is a learning experience. I only had a few amateur fights, so I’m learning from every experience,"he would say afterwords.
Matthysse-Molina, which was fought in front of an announced crowd of just over 6,700, is a clear candidate for 2014 Fight of the Year.
Also on this Showtime triple-header, Omar Figueroa was less than impressive in defeating Jerry Belmontes via split decision to retain his WBC lightweight title. In the nights main event, Keith Thurman scored a third round TKO over veteran Julio Diaz, who had to call it a day with a busted rib that was suffered in the second round.