RingTV.com has a live round-by-round updates of tonight's clash during which THE RING's No. 1-rated junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse rose from knockdowns in each of the second and fifth rounds to score three knockdowns of his own on the way to an 11th-roundl knockout over John Molina at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Matthysse dropped Molina once eachin the eighth, 10th and final rounds, the last time, for good as referee Pat Russell waved an end to the fight 22 seconds into the 11th. Matthysse had an overall advantage in total punches, 276-to-104, power shots, 204-to-86, and, jabs, 71-18.
Matthysse (35-3, 33 knockouts), a 31-year-old puncher from Argentina, was last in the ring last September when he was dropped in the 11th round of a unanimous decision loss to unbeaten RING junior welterweight champ Garcia. Matthysse's right eye was nearly closed shut by the end of the 12-round fight.
Molina (27-4, 22 KOs), meanwhile, is 3-3 with three knockouts in his past six bouts, the first of which was a first-round stoppage loss to former titleholder Antonio DeMarco in September 2012.
Molina split his next two bouts, stopping Dannie Williams in the first round last January before falling by majority decision to Andrey Klimov in June.
A 31-year-old Southern Californian, Molina had knocked out his previous two opponents, coming from behind to stop previously unbeaten Mickey Bey in the 10th round last July, and knocking out Jorge Pimentel in the second round last November.
Matthysse has a 4-3 record, with four knockouts against six current or former titleholders, having floored all of them. Prior to facing Garcia, Matthysse scored three knockdowns during a third-round stoppage of IBF 140-pound beltholder Lamont Peterson last May for his sixth straight knockout victory in a non-title bout.
Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and advised by Al Haymon, Matthysse said that he expects to fight two or three more times at 140 before rising into the welterweight division.
The Showtime broadcast begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT
Matthysse vs. Molina
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Referee: Pat Russell
Judges: Raul Caiz Sr., Max DeLuca, Chris Tellez
LUCAS MATTHYSSE WINS BY 11TH-ROUND KNOCKOUT!!!
Round 1. Fighters are jabbing, nothing signifance lands over the first 30 seconds. Hard right by Matthysse. Another right to the body by Matthysse. Left and a right by Matthysse. Jab, jab and right by Matthysse. Molina looks physiscally bigger. Right hand by Molina HURTS MATTHYSSE. Another fight hand by Molina. WOW. Left hook by Matthysse and a right. Right to the body by Matthysse and a left. Right by Molina. Right by Matthysse. Right to the head, three rights to the body by Molina and a right to the head by Molina. Molina, 10-9
Round 2. Jab, jab, right by Matthysse. Right by Molina. Right to the body by Matthysse. Right hand by Molina backs up Matthysse briefly. Right to the body by Matthysse. Right by Matthysse over the top. Right to the body again by Matthysse. Grazing right by Molina and a clinch. They trade left hands. Jab by Molina. He's standing up to Matthysse's power, it seems. Molina looks HUGE. Right by Molina. Left hook by Molina. MOLINJA DROPS MATTHYSSE WITH A RIGHT HAND TO THE TEMPLE. HE'S UP. 26 seconds left. SECOND TIME IN HIS CAREER MATTHYSSE HAS GONE DOWN. Matthysse tries to hold on. Molina, 10-8; Molina, 20-17.
Round 3. Matthysse starts out as he did in the two previous rounds, landing to the had and body. Molina appears to be waiting for the opportunity for another big punch. Jab, jab and right by Matthysse. Clinch. Left and a right by Molina. Referee Pat Russell signals a clash of heads. MATTHYSSE BLEEDING PROFUSELY FROM THE LEFT EYE. Dr. allows the fight to contine. Big trouble for Matthysse. Matthysse's coming with both hands. Matthysse's trying to land, but can seem to land cleanly. Jab by Matthysse. Jab, jab right by Molina. Matthysse, 10-9; Molina, 29-27.
Round 4. Molina is cut behind the ear. Left hook and a double jab by Matthysse. They exchange lefts and rights. Jab by Matthysse. Left hook by Matthysse and a right hand. Jab to the body by Matthysse. Right hand by Matthysse. Left by Matthysse and a left hook. Jab by Matthyse. Right hand by Matthysse. Molina still waiting for the big shot. Short right by Molina. Double-jab by Matthysse that followed a right. Another jab by Matthysse and a left by Molina. Straight right by Matthysse, left and two more rights. Hard left hook by Molina at the bell. Matthysse, 10-9; Molina, 38-37.
Round 5. Big right hand early in the fifth by Matthysse. Big right by Molina and a jab also. Jab and right to the body by Matthysse. Right hand by Mattysse. Another right by Matthysse. Right and a left by Matthysse. Right to the body by Matthysse, all, behind thejaab. Jab to the body by Matthysse. Right by Matthysse and a right by Molina. Right to the body by Matthysse. Matthysse jab. Right by Molina. MATTHYSSE'S DOWN FROM A RIGHT BEHIND THE HEAD. Jab by Matthysse. They are blasting away in a neutral corner as the round ends. Molina, 10-8; Molina, 48-45
Round 6. Matthysse continues to carry the action to Molina, jabbing his way in. Left hook by Molina off the ropes. Jab by Molina. Right, dobule-left hook, right hand, all by Molina. Right behind the ear by Molina. Two jabs by Molina. Right by Matthysse. Matthysse has an advantage in power shots, 63-31, over the first five rounds. Right to the body by Molina. Left hook by Matthysse and an uppercut both by Matthysse. Right over the top by Molina. Left hook by Matthysse. Right by Molina. Another right by Molina and a left hook by Matthysse. Right uppercut by Molina. Three-punch combination by Matthysse. Hard right by Molina and Matthysee appears hurt. Matthysse, 10-9; Molina, 57-55.
7. Triple-jab to start by Matthysse. Two more jabs and a right by Matthysse. Two more jabs by Matthysse. Three more jabs by Matthysse. Left hook by Molina. Left upeprcut by Molina. Right upeprcut and left hook by Matthysse, but Molina comes with his own left hook. Two more jabs and a right hand by Matthysse. Another right by Matthysse. Right and a left by Matthysse. Hard right by Molina. Left hook by Molina and a right by Matthysse. Matthysse lands a right and a left, the latter to the body. Right hand and jab by Molina. Double-jab by Matthysse. Jab and a right by Matthysse. Two jabs and two rights by Matthysse, who takes a left. Two hooks by Matthysse and a right. Two more rights by Matthysse and another. Right and a left by Molina. They trade rights. Right and a left by Molina before the bell. Matthysse, 10-9; Molina, 66-65.
8. Matthysse hammers away early behind the jab and three rights. Double-jab by Matthysse. On the ropes, Matthysse pounds away with his right, but takes a left and a right. Jab, jab right all by Matthysse on the ropes. Matthysse getting inside on Molina, who is swinging wide. Solid right uppercut by Matthysse. Jab, jab, jab, right hand all by Matthysse on the ropes. Jab and right by Matthysse. Molina cut badly around his left ear. Matthysse is pounding away on the ropes. Brutally beautiful. Hard right by Matthysse and a double-jab. LEFT UPPERCUT AND A RIGHT DROP MOLINA! HE'S UP. Matthysse's on the attack. Matthysse, 10-8; Matthysse, 75-74
9. Matthysse simply dominates the first half of the ninth round, hammering away with vicious rights and lefts behind the jab. Unbelievable energy by Matthysse after being down twice early in the fight. Simply a beat-down in this round. Jab, jab, right hand sequences are devastating on behalf of Matthysse. Right hand by Matthysse and another in a completely one-sided round. Double-right hand by Matthysse. Huge left hook counter by Molina. Matthysse, 10-9; Matthysse, 85-83
10. Matthysse resumes the beat-down behind his jab and right hand. Triple-jab by Matthysse and a right. Right over the top and a left hook by Matthysse. Left hook to the body by Matthysse. Left hook and a right by Matthysse. Two left hooks by Matthysse and a right. Molina beckons him in. Left hook by Matthysse and another. Two rights and a third by Matthysse. Left hook, right hand, left hoo all by Matthysse. Jab by Matthysse. Hook by Matthysse. RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, AND MOLINA IS DOWN!. HE'S UP AT THE COUNT OF SEVEN. But Matthysse is all over him. Matthysse, 10-8; Matthysse, 95-91.
11. Referee and doctor appeared close to stopping the fight between rounds. Molina takes a hard right. MOLINA GOES DOWN FROM A HARD RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT. ARMS AT HIS SIDE. HE'S DONE!!!!
LUCAS MATTHYSSE WINS BY 11TH-ROUND KNOCKOUT!!!