Photos from the thrilling Matthysee vs. Molina fight

April 27, 2014 No Comments
Both Lucas Matthysse is worked on in the corner between rounds against John Molina Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Between rounds, both Lucas Matthysse (l) and John Molina (r) listen intently to the instructions from their trainers. Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the 5’6½ inch, #1 ranked welterweight, Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse rose from the ashes, a victim of two early knockdowns, one in the second round, another in the fifth, to eventually out trump the 5’10½ inch John Molina with three knockdowns of his own on his way to an 11th round stoppage at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.

Matthysse dropped Molina once each in the 8th, 10th and 11th rounds before referee Pat Russell finally waved an end to a contest that had most patrons on the edge of their seats from start to finish. 

Even though Matthysse was the busier and more accurate of the two, you always had the feeling Molina could still pull out a late victory. How so? Reputation. The Covina, CA native entered this contest after knocking out his two previous opponents, the unbeaten Mickey Bey and veteran Jorge Pimentel.

In summation, Matthysse, the better schooled boxer, held an advantage in punches thrown 276-to-104, power shots 204-to-86, and jabs 71-18. With his win, the 31-year-old from Junin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, improves his record to 35 wins with 3 losses and 33 knockouts. Molina’s record drops to 27 wins with 4 losses and 22 KOs. 

After establishing a record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 4 KOs, against six current or former titleholders, having floored all of them, Matthysse is without a doubt a real crowd pleaser. 

The most telling rounds

Round 2. Molina dropped Matthysse with a solid overhand right to the temple with 26 seconds left in the round. This was only the second time in Matthysse’s career that someone has knocked him off his feet. He then held on to get out of the round.

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Round 3. Matthysse looked sharp and landed both to the head and body while Molina appeared to be waiting for another opportunity to land that big punch. Then came a clash of heads and Matthysse started bleeding from the resulting cut over his left eye.

Round 5. Matthysse became the victim of another overhand right, this one nailing him behind the head, and he went down. The round ended with both boxers blasting away in a neutral corner.

John Molina knocks down Lucas Matthysse in round 5 during their fight at StubHub Center on April 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Here we see John Molina (c) knocking Lucas Matthysse off his feet in round 5 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Round 6. Matthysse continued to carry the action and had a sizable advantage in power shots of 63-31 over the first five rounds. Still, another hard right by Molina at the close of round six appeared to hurt Matthysee.

Round 7 was another hotly contested round with Matthysse landing the majority of the cleaner shots. 

Round 8. Matthysse had Molina cornered against the ropes and kept pounding away. A hard right followed by a doubling up of the jab preceded this devastating left uppercut that dropped Molina. A true warrior, Molina somehow survived this onslaught and finished the round.

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John Molina is knocked down in the 8'th round against Lucas Matthysse during their fight at StubHub Center on April 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Referee Pat Russell stands over the fallen John Molina after he was knocked down in the 8th round by Lucas Matthysse. Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Round 9. Once again, Matthysse dominated and appeared much peppier in comparison to the now lumbering Molina.  

Round 10. The beat down continued until Molina finally went down. Back up at the count of seven, the resilient Molina survived the round which at one point consisted of 14 unanswered blows.

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Lucas Matthysse delivers a knockout punch to John Molina in the 11'th round during their fight at StubHub Center on April 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Lucas Matthysse continues to deliver the heavy blows to John Molina in both the 10th and 11th rounds until the final stoppage. Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Round 11. With both the referee and fight doctor close to stopping the match between rounds, the end came just 22 seconds into round 11, just moments after Molina went down from another solid right. At this point, it appeared Molina had no chance of continuing and the bout was justifiably stopped.

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(left) At the conclusion of their memorable bout, both John Molina (l) and Lucas Matthysse (r) congratulate one another on their fine performance. Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images 

(left) At the conclusion of their memorable bout, both John Molina (l) and Lucas Matthysse (r) congratulate one another on their fine performance. Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

With all the excitement surrounding the Matthysse/Molina fight, it’s as if the other matches didn’t even exist. The Main Event, which featured the unbeaten WBA Interim Welterweight Champ Keith “One Time” Thurman (23-0, 21 KOs) of Clearwater, Fla., ended early with a third-round TKO of the former world champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (40-10-1, 29 KOs) of Coachella, Ca. After getting hit with a body shot in round three, Diaz, upon the advice of his corner, stayed on his stool and did not come out for the fourth round.

Up until that left hook to the midsection was giving a good account of himself.

Up until that left hook to the midsection, Julio Diaz (red trunks) was giving a good account of himself. The reason Diaz’s corner decided to throw in the towel was the belief that Keith Thurman’s powerful punch may have broken a rib.

Keith Thurman has his arm raised in victory by referee Jack Reiss after he stopped Julio Diaz to win the interim WBA Welterweight Championship at the StubHub Center on April 26, 2014 in Carson, CA. Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Keith Thurman has his arm raised in victory by referee Jack Reiss after he stopped Julio Diaz to win the interim WBA Welterweight Championship at the StubHub Center on April 26, 2014 in Carson, CA. Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Next, you had the undefeated Omar “Panterita” Figueroa successfully defending his WBC lightweight crown in a ho-hum 12-round split decision bout over a former rival in the Amateur ranks, Jerry Belmontes.

After losing all five of his amateur bouts against Belmontes, Figueroa (23-0-1, 17 KOs) of Weslaco, Texas, got his revenge in his first world title defense, outpointing Belmontes (19-4, 5 KOs), of Corpus Christi, Texas, by scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 113-115.

(top, left) Jerry Belmontes makes his ring entrance at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. (top, right) Omar  Figueroa looks across at his arch nemesis, a gentleman who had beaten him five times in the Amateur ranks. opponent from his Amateur days, an opponent who beat him five times.

(top, left) Jerry Belmontes makes his ring entrance at the StubHub Center. (top, right) Omar Figueroa Jr. looks across at his arch nemesis, a gentleman who had beaten him five times in the Amateur ranks. Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

(bottom, right) Omar Figueroa poses for a photo with his trainer Noel Diaz (l) after the defeat of Jerry Belmontes.

(bottom, right) Omar Figueroa (c) poses for a photo with his trainer Joel Diaz (l) after the split decision victory over Jerry Belmontes.

One of those priceless Father, Daughter moment for the World Champion Omar Figueroa Jr.

One of those priceless Father, Daughter moments for the WBC World Lightweight Champion Omar Figueroa Jr. from Weslaco, Texas.

In the featured match on Showtime Extreme, world-ranked junior middleweight Jermall Charlo (18-0, 14 KOs), of Houston, dominated Albuquerque’s Hector Munoz (22-13-1, 14 KOs) en route to a fourth-round TKO. With Munoz’s record being 4-12-1 over the past six years, it’s difficult to get excited about this win.

Undefeated Joseph Diaz Jr. (10-0, 7 KOs) won all six rounds in his decision victory over veteran Luis Maldonado (38-12-1, 29 KOs) of Calexico, CA, and unbeaten super welterweight Terrell Gausha of Cleveland improved to (9-0-0, 5 KOs) with an eight-round shutout over Charles Whittaker (40-15-2), of Winter Haven, Fla.

The Showtime Championship Boxing triple header will re-air on Tuesday, April 29th, at 10 p.m.

 

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