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Molina stops Lundy in 11
Lightweight Henry Lundy described fellow 135-pound prospect John Molina as a "dumb fighter" before their Friday Night Fights main event, and for seven and half rounds the unbeaten Philadelphia native made the Southern California puncher look that way.
However, Molina landed a counter right hand that dropped Lundy midway through the ESPN2-televised bout from Lincoln, R.I., and rallied to stop the trash-talking better-boxing prospect in the 11th round of an entertaining contest.
Molina (21-1, 17 knockouts) caught Lundy with a series of hooks while the quick-handed switch hitter languished along the ropes midway through the 11th round and prompted referee Ricky Gonzalez to halt the bout after landing a hard combination in the final minute of the round. Gonzalez waved the bout off while a buzzed but not seriously hurt Lundy covered up along the ropes.
Lundy (18-1-1, 10 KOs), who outmaneuvered and continuously beat Molina to the punch over the first half of the bout, immediately protested the stoppage. The TKO loss obviously stung the pride of the talented boxer, who initiated smack talk before the fight and jawed a little bit after most the early rounds he dominated (even sticking his tongue out after one of the rounds).
However, despite the loss, Lundy showed the ESPN2 audience why he's a highly touted prospect. For seven rounds and even in spots after his knockdown, he was fast, elusive and active with pinpoint combinations that were punctuated with accurate lead left hands delivered from the southpaw stance. Lundy only lacks three things: Better focus, a little humility and one-punch KO power.
Molina has those traits. However, despite winning the fight, he exhibited more flaws than the loser. The Covina, Calif., native has slow hands and plodding feet, which are two reasons why he has so much trouble with lateral movement. Another two reasons are technical in nature, Molina's lack of a consistent jab and body work.
However, technical flaws can be corrected, and Molina has an excellent veteran trainer to teach him in Joe Goossen.
In the meantime, Molina will be a handful for most lightweights and not just because he can punch.
"I said before the fight that my key to victory was my will to win and that's what did it for me," Molina said.
In the opening bout of the ESPN2 broadcast, super middleweight prospect Vladine Biosse outclassed and outwork game Joe McCreedy over eight rounds.
Biosse (7-0, 4 KOs), a Providence, R.I., resident from Cape Verde, won by scores of 79-73 (twice) and 78-74. McCreedy (11-5-2, 6 KOs), a tough fighter from Lowell, Mass., has now lost three of his last five bouts.