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Molina Comes Back with KO Win over Williams in Four

(Photo © German Villasenor)
(Photo © German Villasenor)

By German Villasenor

John Molina, 25-2 (20), coming off a disappointing outing in his first world title shot last September (stopped in the first round) had something to prove. Wanting to show the loss to then-WBC world champion Antonio DeMarco was a fluke in his view, the Californian stopped the skilled Dannie Williams, 22-3 (18), in the fourth round of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” main event at the Pueblo Pavilion in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Friday night.
Molina boxed carefully in the first as did Williams, the latter with good reason as Molina landed a hard shot to the head, stunning Williams at the bell.
Williams jabbed away in the second. The taller Molina tried matching him jab for jab, falling short in the speed department. The sneaky Williams beat his hard-punching opponent to the punch, winning the round.

Molina closed the gap in the third; an accidental head clash and a follow-up punch put Williams down against the ropes. Referee Rocky Burke called it as such, calling a break for Williams to recover. Molina kept walking down his foe, landing a left hook and stunning the speedster late in the round.
One could see the end coming as Williams reacted and seemed apprehensive the more Molina inched closer with his power shots through the fourth round. Molina set up a wide, right hand behind a jab, striking gold late in the round as the shot caught his opponent high atop the temple. Williams was sent crashing to the canvas with Burke administering the 10-count. A dizzy and clearly KO’ed Williams got to his feet - outside the ropes – as the fight was officially called off at 2:16 of the round.
Super middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales, 17-0 (10), outboxed Don Mouton, 12-5-1 (10), in an eight-round bout, winning via unanimous decision.
Gonzales displayed a quick, crisp jab, working the angles as Mouton stayed in close. Mouton tried to close the distance while blocking shots with a high guard through the first round.
Gonzales turned the tables in the second, letting his hands go as he pinned Mouton against the ropes for most of the round. Mouton would land the occasional left hook on a counter to keep things interesting.
Mouton landed some left hooks in the third as Gonzales kept finding a home for sneaky uppercuts.
Gonzales further separated himself from his opponent by the end of the fourth, as combination punching had Mouton rattled by round’s end. Mouton tried but was two steps behind in all areas against the better opponent.
Mouton saw his best performance thus far in the first half of the seventh, although Gonzales regained control and took the fight back to the ropes for the rest of the round. Gonzales stayed with his combination punching while taking a few left hooks in the process, going on to win the eighth and final round.
Scores were 78-75 and 77-75 (twice) all for Gonzales.
In the show’s opener, a pair of pro-debutants took center stage, as the flashy, speedy Brandon Holmes easily outhustled Alberdo Javier Esparza in the first couple of rounds of a scheduled four-round, super lightweight bout.
The flat-footed Esparza let single haymakers go, often missing wildly, getting countered by his foe through the third frame. The raw skills and pace of the fight began to show on both sides by the end of the round.
Holmes closed the show in the fourth as a series of shots had the bruised-up Esparza in trouble as the stanza began. A couple of body shots and a hard right hand from Gonzales smashed into Esparzas’ face, sending him to the canvas. Esparzas failed to beat the count resulting in the win for Holmes via KO at 36 seconds of the final heat.
In the televised show’s closer, welterweight Eduardo Dominguez won his pro debut by defeating Josh Montoya, 0-2, via unanimous decision by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice).
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