John Molina entered the ring with a record of 25-3 (20) on Friday night. He turned pro in the spring of 2006 and would remain undefeated in his first 18 fights. His first loss was to tough, experienced former world title challenger Martin Honorio in the fall of 2009. Molina then strung together six wins (including a July 2010 TKO win over “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy, also victorious on last Friday’s undercard), vaulting him to 26-1 and his first world title shot against Antonio DeMarco for the World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title in the fall of 2012. In a disappointing and frustrating night for Molina, he was stopped in the first round. He came back four months later to kick off 2013 with a KO win in four against Dannie Williams. Molina returned last month and lost a close majority decision to undefeated Russian Andrey Klimov. And just five weeks later, Molina found himself facing Bey.
At age 30, Bey, who has had gaps of inactivity in his career, was fighting for the second time this year and was certainly hoping a victory over Molina would be a springboard to bigger and better things. However, Molina stayed game, hung tough and seized his opportunity when it arose against the crafty, slick Bey. Molina said after the fight that he realized it “was now, right now, going into the last round” and scored the kind of late, dramatic stoppage gets promoters and networks alike lining up.
Hot on the heels from as TV-friendly a victory as you will ever see from Molina (and the likes of Adrien Broner, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Richar Abril, to name a few, in the lightweight mix), some new doors just opened up for John Molina.
And things just got real fun at 135.
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