3 More Rounds

Lucky Lara Draws With Molina

Erislandy Lara came in with everyone’s blessing. Carlos Molina came to fight.

Molina was on “go” from the opening bell. Granted, his skill set was inferior to Lara’s, but his upstairs-downstairs work was better than what Lara had to offer in the opening rounds, which was nothing. Moving and dancing only works for so long until there has to be some punches, and Lara didn’t seem to open up until round five, when he landed a straight left into Molina’s face. Molina was trying to catch a second wind when Lara lit up and started boxing as if he gave a damn.

But when Molina caught that second wind, he was ready to brawl again, using his roughhousing tactics to bully and confuse Lara, while working on whatever body was open to him. In the eleventh round, Lara again took advantage of Molina’s fatigue and came in on him, but for most of the fight preferred to stay away and box.

But boxing involves punching, which is why Molina won 7 rounds on the 3morerounds.com scorecard, 97-93. One judge who had the guts to do the right thing agreed that Molina won, 97-93. The two other gutless pigs gave the blessed Lara the draw, 95-95, in packaging so neat and colorful you’d swear to God it was Christmas.

Lara, for his part, believed his performance was superior. “I’m not disappointed. It was an off night but I thought I won 7 rounds,” he said. “[Molina] is very unconventional and was making me miss with the left hand. I was super surprised by the scores. There’s no way I thought it was a draw.”

Molina admitted he didn’t have the best night, but did say that he “thought I did a split decision. You can’t be intimidated by anyone, you just have to get in there. I was making him miss a lot.”

Lara tried to take the positive road, by saying, “Maybe now, someone will fight me.”

Molina is game. “I’ll fight him or anybody else it really doesn’t matter. They thought they would KO me in the first round, but I knew they wouldn’t.”

Lara adds the gift to the record and moves to 15-0-1 (10 KO). Molina gets the shaft and goes to 17-4-2 (5 KO).

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The main undercard bout was pretty lopsided. Granted, Gutierrez had little chance of winning. But the way he lost was questionable.

Yudel Jhonson was clearly dominating the fight. In fact, I had the fight a clean sweep for him. Jhonson was landing on Richard Gutierrez nearly at will. Gutierrez would return a jab too slow and Jhonson would catch him with the counter almost every single time. The most you might get from Gutierrez is a clowning and a little juke. However, when Gutierrez finally landed a good punch on the dome of Jhonson in the seventh and started to build some momentum in the bout, referee Robert Byrd inexplicably stopped the fight.

Gutierrez was going to need a knockout to win. Jhonson needed to stay on his feet three more rounds. Byrd needs to find a new career. Be that as it may, Jhonson improves to 10-0 (6 KO), and Gutierrez goes to 26-6-1 (16 KO).

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Hylon Williams Jr. came out quick and speedy, with great reflexes and impeccable timing. Had it not been for the fact that he couldn’t crack an egg, he might have gotten a knockout. Instead, he let his opponent do the dirty work, as Cordero, who stayed shelled up most of the fight, opened up with a little jig, then nailed Williams square in the mommy-daddies in the third round. After another deliberate low blow in the fourth, the referee called the fight off via disqualification. Williams moves up to 13-0 (3 KO); Jorge Cordero falls to 4-6 (4 KO).

Jose Luis Herrera had almost as many losses in his record as Yunier Dorticos had wins. If you didn’t see the end of this fight coming before the first bell, well, re-evaluate your boxing knowledge.

Herrera was in a far inferior class tonight, taking everything Dorticos had. Dorticos trapped Herrera in a corner and unleashed a flurry that eventually put Herrera down with a straight right. Herrera beat the count but not for long. The TKO came in the second minute of round two. Dorticos stays perfect at 12-0 (12 KO); Herrera falls to 16-11 (16 KO).

Rances Barthelemy did what Erislandy Lara should have done. He didn’t punch as much as James Hope, but he was more accurate when he did punch. By round 4, the ref had seen enough and stopped the fight. Barthelemy stays undefeated at 11-0 (9 KO); Hope falls to 6-7-1, 4 KO.

Frankie Martinez was game enough to last in his lightweight bout, but Pairol dominated it. He showed a little bit of fatigue in the last round, but by then it was too late for Martinez to avoid the clean sweep. Both 3morerounds.com and the three judges had it 40-36.

In light heavyweight swing bout action, Hiromitsu Miura taught Todd Manuel a boxing lesson that hopefully he will learn from, dominating him in six rounds for a unanimous decision. Todd Manuel picks up his first loss, sliding to 4-1. Miura stays perfect at 6-0 (3 KO).

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