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Khan defeats Molina

Ringside by Miguel Maravilla and Felipe Leon
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda

Amir "King" Khan scored a tenth round stoppage over the previously undefeated Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7KOs) this past Saturday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Khan came out jabbing and shooting one-two combinations at a distance. The persistent and sharp jab of Khan inflicted a cut over the left eye of his opponent in the opening round. However Molina's cut man Miguel Diaz was able to control the bleeding between rounds.

Khan came out strong in round two firing his jab and connecting with punches behind his jab. Mid-round Khan landed a solid left that froze Molina but Molina countered with his own left hook that stopped the momentum of Khan.

Khan stayed the aggressor during round three but Molina countered well.

In round four Khan landed a one-two combination that stumbled Molina. Khan followed through with combinations that backed Molina to the ropes. Molina survived the round but it was apparent that he felt the punches.

Molina's cut over his left eye continued to bleed but this did not stop him from stalking Khan who choose to use his superior height and reach advantage to box from the outside during middle rounds, picking his time to throw a punch.

In round six Molina landed a solid right as Khan backed up.

Molina's left eye began to swell as Khan continued to fight from a distance popping the jab.

Molina continued to chase Khan occasionally landing flush punches on Khan in round eight but the punches had little effect on the former champion as he was careful to circle the ring.

Displaying great ring generalship and speed Khan continued to outclass his opponent in the later rounds, as he landed rapid-fire combinations going in-and-out of Molina's reach.

In the tenth round, the cut above Molina's left eye began to gush blood but there was no quitting as he continued to fight on.

Going into the championship rounds the British fighter continued his game plan keeping his distance as Molina bravely chased him around the ring despite the bleeding and swollen left eye.

However Molina's corner had seen enough after ten rounds.

Referee Jack Reiss stopped the contest upon the request of the corner at the end of round ten.

Khan captures the vacant WBC Silver super lightweight title and improves his record to 27-3 with 19 KOs. Molina suffers his first career loss and goes to 17-1 with 9 knockouts.

"It was my first fight coming back I got caught but I stuck to my game plan," said Khan. "This fight was about sticking to the game plan that Virgil (Hunter) and I worked on. Carlos Molina was a tough fighter fighting in his hometown. He gave it an extra 100 percent!"

Looking ahead, Khan stated: "My team and I will sit down but I definitely want the rematch with Danny Garcia." - Miguel Maravilla

"Perro" Angulo Has All He Can Handle With "Pantera" Silva

In the first Showtime televised fight of the night, former interim WBO super welterweight champion Alfredo "Perro" Angulo (22-2, 18KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, scored a very hard earned unanimous decision over fellow Mexican Jorge "Pantera" Silva (18-3-2, 14KOs) of Tijuana. The ten round middleweight bout marked the second for Angulo after coming back from being held in a immigration detention center earlier this year while it also marked the second time that the twenty-year old Silva fought in the United States. In his first, Silva fought to a draw with undefeated Japanese Yoshihiro Kamegai with only a two week notice last October while Angulo in his first fight back knocked out Raul Casarez in one round last month.

This time "Perro" got almost more than he could chew.

Despite being a natural junior welterweight, Silva had no trouble taking the hard power punches Angulo landed through out the fight and even went as far as shaking Angulo up with his own set of bombs to the Mexicali fighter's chin.

Silva took the first round easily as he landed several shots that Angulo did not seem ready for so early in the fight. The seesaw battle began early as "Perro" took the second round with controlled aggression. Silva showed great defense as he slipped punches with his back to the ropes but still was caught with several hooks to the face.

From his corner's advice who included Erik Morales' father, Jose "Olivaritos" Morales, Silva began to box from the outside and had success keeping Angulo at the end of his punches. Even tough he was being effective and putting rounds in the bag, Silva looked content exchanging leather with his much bigger opponent and thus giving Angulo the opportunity to land head shaking punches. Despite several of the punches landing flush on his chin, Silva looked unfazed and kept calling Angulo out to give him more.

Silva's conditioning began to become a factor from the seventh on as he began to slow down and Angulo, despite looking slower and more lethargic than in his previous performances, was able to capitalize and score. Silva scored a huge right in the ninth but Angulo kept pressuring and imposing his will on the slowing Silva all the way to the final bell. At the end, all three judges, Marty Denkin, Steve Morrow and Barry Druxman, turned in identical score cards of 97-93.

"We saw two warriors tonight, it seemed as if Silva had a brick on his chin and it was not going to be shattered," Golden Boy Promotions' CEO Richard Schaefer stated at the post-fight presser held immediately after the night's fight card. "We all know that Angulo hits very hard and Silva took it."

As far as Angulo, he stated that the fight was what he expected and took the opportunity to call out Silva on comments that he made prior to the fight. "I am very happy the fight went ten rounds because that is what I needed and we needed to see where we are at. Silva is a real Mexican, a real puncher and these are the kind of fights you are going to have with two Mexicans in the ring, it is a tough fight. He surprised me in the first round. He said in interviews that I was a made fighter, that I have been made and that I didn't hit hard. I don't think he will be saying that anymore."

As far as Silva, who was not present at the post-fight press conference, mentioned that he was very happy with his performance and that he gave too much advantage to Angulo and despite of that still was able to compete with the former champion. - Felipe Leon

Diaz and Porter Battle To Unpopular Draw

Former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29KOs) of nearby Indio, CA, did not necessarily give Cleveland, Ohio's Shawn Porter (20-0-1, 14KOs) a nice welcome to southern California but instead offered him a ten round welterweight war that at the end judges Marty Denkin, Steve Morrow and Barry Druxman scored it a draw much to the discontent of the pro-Diaz Los Angeles crowd.

Porter proved to be the quicker of the two and landed the harder of the shots but Diaz displayed his experience as he succeeded to counter punch Porter through out the fan-friendly war. The bombs really began to land in the fourth round as both fighters stood toe-to-toe with Diaz going to the body well and scoring a hard left hook to the chin that shook Porter. The tide began to turn for Diaz in the middle rounds as he took control early on with an effective body attack while Porter kept landing the harder punches but not as often. Another heavy exchange to end the eight had the Sports Arena crowd on their feet as Diaz looked to be headed towards an upset of the undefeated fighter.

Despite of the momentum, Diaz seemed to slow down in the ninth giving the fresher Porter the opportunity to take the round in two of the three judges' scorecards. Diaz came back in the tenth and final round to close the show, pressuring Porter all the way to the final bell. Judge Marty Denkin saw it 96-94 for Diaz while Steve Morrow had the same score but for Porter. The deciding judge Barry Druxman had it an even 95-95 making the result a split draw. Fightnews from ringside had it 96-94 for Diaz. - Felipe Leon

Wilder scores KO

In the heavyweight co main event 2008 U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder (25-0, 25 KOs) scored a third round knockout over Kelvin Price (13-0, 6 KOs).

Wilder came out boxing patiently early in round one. Later in the round, he was able to land booming overhand rights.

The crowd began to boo during the middle of the second round as Wilder continued to box. Occasionally Wilder would jab and followup with the right.

Wilder picked up the pace during round three. Suddenly a crushing right hand by Wilder sent Price to the canvas. Price was able to get to his knees but he stumbled compelling the referee to stop the contest at 43 seconds of round three.

Wilder, who is trained by former world champion and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Mark Breland, won the vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title plus he continues his knockout streak with 26 wins and 26 knockouts.

Price suffers the first defeat of his career as he goes to 13-1 with 6 KOs.

"We were two undefeated fighters," said Wilder. It was a great night for me I got a great team behind me. I want to bring those belts back with me to the U.S. Hopefully next year I will get bigger and better fights, its D time baby!" - Miguel Maravilla

Gomez stops Miranda

East LA's Frankie "Pitbull" Gomez (13-0, 10 KOs) took 48 seconds to knockout Pavel Miranda (19-8-1, 10 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico. Gomez landed a crushing overhand right that sent Miranda to the canvas as he got up. Miranda was out on his feet prompting referee Zack Young to stop the bout.

Gomez continues his rise as a prospect as he goes to 14-0 with 11 knockouts. Miranda falls to 19-9-1 with 10 KOs.- Miguel Maravilla

Centeno stops Conyers

Undefeated prospect Hugo "Boss" Centeno (16-0, 8 KOs) of Oxnard, California stopped the Bronx's Allen Conyers (12-7, 9 KOs). Centeno attacked Conyers early sending him to the canvas with a barrage of punches in round one as Conyers appeared to be done. Conyers survived the first round knockdown and fought on but referee Ray Corona stopped the contest upon the corners request at the end of round six.

Centeno remains undefeated as he goes to 17-0, 9 KOs. Conyers now stands at 12-8, 9 KOs.- Miguel Maravilla

Cochran Stays Undefeated

Houston, TX's Jerren Cochran (7-0, 3KOs) took a workman-like four round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Chris Lopez (5-1, 2KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona. Both fighters didn't do much of anything until the third round when they began to exchange heavy leather early on. Cochran had a slight edge as he landed the quicker punches including a short right hand that made Lopez take a step back. Lopez seemed to be the busier of the two but Cochran scored the better punches. At the end all three judges saw it for Cochran with scores of 40-36 and 39-37. - Felipe Leon

Pearson Beats Abreu

In a dominating but run of the mill performance, undefeated middleweight Chris Pearson (7-0, 6KOs) of Trotwood, OH, easily and convincingly defeated via TKO the over matched Yusmani Abreu (3-6-1) of Las Vegas, NV. Pearson boxed well from the outside as he switched stances and peppered Abreu's face with jabs and had straight counters. Abreu tried to get in the inside and make it a brawl but Pearson controlled the distance and kept him at the end of his punches. By the third Abreu was bleeding and swollen as he developed a large mouse under his left eye. By the end of the fifth after an inspection by the ringside physician the bout was stopped. The contest was scheduled for six rounds. - Felipe Leon

Santa Cruz decisions Guevara on CBS

In a historic event, IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (23-0-1, 13KOs) earned a unanimous decision over the previously undefeated Alberto "Metro" Guevara (16-1, 6KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico, from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.  The twelve round bout was broadcast live on network by CBS, the first time professional boxing has been aired by the channel since 1997.  The free afternoon four-bout fight card was presented by Golden Boy Promotions.

One of the busiest champions this year, the twenty-four year old Santa Cruz of Lincoln Heights, a suburb of Los Angeles, won the title in June of this year with a unanimous decision over Vusi Malinga and since then has waged war in the division stopping veteran Eric Morel and Victor Zaleta in high profile fights before facing Guevara.  The newcomer Guevara, known for his boxing skill but not much more, came to the ring as a first time world title challenger and in only the second time in a bout scheduled for more than eight rounds. 

From the opening bell Guevara made it clear that he wasn't in his first fight in the United States to lose and began boxing well, keeping his distance and scoring through Santa Cruz's high guard with quick and crisp combinations.  Santa Cruz laid back and scored to the body with hard left hooks to the liver that didn't seem to bother Guevara when landing but later paid dividends for the reigning champion. 

Santa Cruz was able to close the gap in the fourth and force an exchange where he was able to land power punches to the chin and body of Guevara.  The game Guevara took the punches and  returned fire before taking sliding out and returning to the center of the ring.  Guevara had success in timing Santa Cruz and counter punching the slightly wider shots of the champion but the relentless Santa Cruz kept winging shots and doing damage like the hard left hook he landed at the end of the fifth after a heated exchange. 

After causing a cut over the right eye of Guevara in the sixth, Santa Cruz escalated his body attack in the eight as the Mazatlan native began to slow down.  Santa Cruz began stepped it up in the tenth and with that began to score much punches on the cut and bruised Guevara.  Despite being out-gunned, Guevara still fought back and continued to score but clearly no snap in his punches.  With the pro-Santa Cruz crowd egging him on, the hometown champ went for broke despite having the fight won in the twelfth and final round as he tried to knock out Guevara to give the crowd what they were yelling for.  Guevara was game and exchanged with Santa Cruz before escaping and circling away.

Judge Jonathan Davis scored it 116-112, Pat Russell had it 118-110 and Fritz Werner all saw it 119-109 for the defending champion Leo Santa Cruz. - Felipe Leon

"Jo Jo" Diaz Jr. Delivers in Debut

2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz Jr. (1-0) won his first professional fight as he took a well deserved four round super featherweight unanimous decision over Vicente Alfaro (5-3, 1KO) of Northfield, Minnesota in the co-featured bout of the early afternoon.  The southpaw Diaz, who was much taller and built than Alfaro, took control early on as he bullied Alfaro against the ropes and scored heavily.  Alfaro had his moments midway through the fight as he was able to break through Diaz's defense and score with a couple of rights to the nose of the Olympian.  Unfazed, Diaz kept scoring and in the fourth and final round scored a knockdown that from ringside looked more like a low blow.  Nonetheless referee Thomas Taylor still administered the count to Alfaro despite his protests.  At the end it made no difference all three judges filed identical score cards of 40-35.- Felipe Leon

Spence Jr. Continues Winning Ways

Brentwood, New York junior middleweight Errol Spence Jr, a 2012 Olympic alumni, scored a third round TKO against the over matched Richard Andrews of Charlottesville, Virginia.  Spence Jr. had no trouble at all as he controlled the action from the get go and  only looked for the perfect time to score with a barrage of punches which prompted the third man in the ring to halt the action at the :40 mark of the third round in a scheduled four.- Felipe Leon

Browne Finishes Early

After Ritchie Cherry (3-6, 1KO) went down twice from questionable low blows, he went down from punches two more times from 2012 Olympian Marcus Browne (2-0, 2KOs) of Staten Island, NY.  Cherry of Oklahoma City, OK, had no business sharing the same building as Browne let alone the ring. - Felipe Leon



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