Carlos Molina tried his mightiest to play ‘Godzilla’ against Amir ‘King’ Khan, but instead it was the successful comeback of the European import and Golden Boy Promotions talent in the main event of a Showtime televised 12 round bout from the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Molina, (17-1, 7KO) who had to fight through a bloodied eye from round one, fought well, showing an able chin and readiness to trade on the inside with Khan. Molina was a career lightweight who was making the jump to light-welterweight to face Khan in what was the biggest test of his career and Khan’s step forward.
Khan started out fast, showing his hand speed and accuracy while jumping from the inside to the outside of the smaller Molina and showing a ring generalship throughout the fight. A combination in the fourth saw Molina backed against the ropes as Khan unloaded and continued to bring the fight to his opponent.
“I’ll fight Danny Garcia anytime, anywhere,” said Khan, who moved his record to his record to 27-3 with 18 knockouts to his name. Khan referenced his latest setback against Garcia, and upset fourth round knockout at the Mandalay Bay in Vegas on July 14.
On this night, Khan showed all tools and after nine rounds, referee Jack Reiss saw enough and ended the fight as the still willing and able Molina was on his stool.
Khan won a portion of the WBC belt, now finding himself the WBC Silver Interim champ.
Overall, it was a solid comeback from Khan after two consecutive losses that set him back a bit in the 140 pound division, and he was able to finally take a step forward at lightweight, where possibilities still abound for him with an interesting 140 pound class that has many appealing opponents.
ANGULO GOES THE DISTANCE AGAINST SILVA
Middleweight Alfredo Angulo engaged in a first round reminiscent of his first three minutes against James Kirkland in Cancun, where the two waged an epic three minutes with a knockdown scored by each fighter.
Angulo, (22-2, 18KO) found himself in tough again against Chula Vista’s Jorge Silva, who sought to trade early with ‘Perro’ with Angulo happy to oblige as the fists flew in ten action packed rounds that ended in a unanimous decision victory for Angulo.
Both fighters showed great chins and at times fought from the ropes in exchanges that had the mostly filled crowd entertained. Angulo’s legs were buckled from a Silva left hand to end the seventh, but Angulo answered back before the bell; and a bit after it, to even up things as both fighters had to dig down after six faced paced rounds.
The end result was a three judge decision all at 97-94 for Angulo.
Heavyweight Deontay Wilder stopped opponent Kelvin Price at 50 clicks of the third round after a monster left hand felled Price, who was not able ot get up and the fight was waived off by the referee in a fight that was lackluster up until that point.
Wilder is now 26-0 with 26 knockouts.
In a battle for the NABO welterweight strap, contender Shawn Porter and veteran Julio Diaz engaged in an entertaining ten frames in which there were no knockdowns scored and a fight fought on such even terms that the judges declared a split-draw decision with the scores of 96-94 for Porter, 96-94 for Diaz and 95-95 even.
The fight realistically could have gone either way and was not the most popular of decisions as the crowd expressed their displeasure and favored Diaz, who resides in Coachella, California.
Trotwood, Ohio’s Chris Pearson, (7-0, 6KO) notched a stoppage victory in his middleweight bout against Yusmani Abreu. Pearson felt like his conditioning has been improving in his still young yet positive career so far.
“I felt like I was breaking him down,” said Pearson, whose last fight was November 9. Pearson, who is advised by Al Haymon, expects to be in the ring again in January.
FREDDIE ROACH TRAINED GOMEZ BACK IN THE RING
Welterweight Frankie Gomez, (14-0, 11KO) stopped opponent Pavel Miranda in one frame with a huge punch followed up by a flurry in a bout that was stopped by the referee even after Miranda beat the count and was up on his feet.