ESPN2 Friday Night Fights had a classic ‘boxer vs puncher’ clash in it’s main event where ‘the boxer’, Rob ‘Red Hot’ Frankel (28-11-1, 5 KO’s), had the determination but not enough fire power to hold off ‘the puncher’, John Molina, Jr. (23-1, 19 KO’s) last night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.
Denver’s Rob Frankel is commonly known as ‘Red Hot’, but fans across the country could easily refer to him as ‘True Grit’ for his boxing style that never changes, with him pressing forward throughout every match in which he competes.
The heavy-handed Molina, Jr. had predicted early fireworks, but probably didn’t anticipate that prediction having him tasting the stiff jab of Frankel as often as he did early on with Fankel beautifully boxing until the cuts became a serious issue.
The previously cut left eye of ‘Red Hot’ Frankel would be the beginning of his undoing as Molina, Jr. concentrated on that first round reopened wound for the remainder of the bout, blood pouring profusely from the the face of Frankel from the end of round one until the match was stopped.
Frankel could not answer the bell for the sixth round as the ringside physician determined the cuts over both eyes and Frankel’s right eye completely swollen shut being too severe for him to continue.
The official record of the match recorded as a fifth round TKO stoppage for John Molina, Jr.
There is no doubt John Molina, Jr., after last night recording his fifth consecutive TKO win, is a top ten caliber fighter in the lightweight/Super lightweight division where any future opponent had best beware of this hard punching Mexican.
The undercard featured a controversial match between Mike Dallas, Jr. (17-2-1, 7 KO’s) and Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KO’s) where Dallas, Jr. figured he would come away with at least a draw for his efforts only to have the judges go the other way gving Herrera the decision.
This bout was definitely one where the adage ‘styles make fights’ obviously played a huge part of the decision making process as Herrera was the aggressor the entire evening with Dallas, Jr. boxing nicely while attempting to keep Herrera at bay.
After the decision was read, with Dallas, Jr. suffering his second consecutive defeat, he proclaimed, “This just isn’t fun anymore”…
The 2011 USA Boxing Nationals Tournament continued last night at the Colorado Springs Christian School gymnasium where twelve consolation bouts were held determining this year’s bronze medalists.
Tonight features the Tournament Finals at the downtown Colorado Springs City Auditorium where less than 200 tickets remain www.ticketswest.com at $20 per person for the evening’s action that will crown the 2011 USA Boxing Nationals Tournament Champions with boxing action beginning at 2 PM.
The www.usaboxing.org web site will have a live feed for those around the country to observe tonight beginning at 6 PM MST.
Congratulations and many thanks to Julie Goldsticker and her fully competent USA Boxing staff for their professionalism and dedication in again pulling off what can easily be termed ‘controlled chaos’ for the week long event that features boxers, media, and officials from around the country.
Friday’s Consolation Bout Results
- 106 lbs/female: Lisa Ha, Honolulu, Hawaii, dec. Elizabeth Rodriguez, Gilroy, Calif., 17-11
- 108 lbs/male: Gregory Outlaw, Glenarden, Md., dec. Norberto Torres, Orlando, Fla., 12-12 (60-57)
- 112 lbs/female: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y., dec. Poula Estrada, Palmdale, Calif., 13-7
- 119 lbs/female: Nephateria Miller, New Haven, Conn., dec. Lindsay Bartels, Omaha, Neb., 30-22
- 123 lbs/male: Antonio Nieves, Cleveland, Ohio, dec. Luis Feliciano, Milwaukee, Wis., 15-10
- 125 lbs/female: Lori Argumedo, Commerce, Calif., dec. Emily Dgnan, Jasper, Tenn.
- 132 lbs/female: N’yteeyah Sherman, Barberton, Ohio dec. Lisa Porter, Northridge, Calif., 19-11
- 141 lbs/female: Ariel Beck, Deer Lodge, Mont., dec. Kathleen Walsh, Rankankama, N.Y., 19-10
- 152 lbs/female: Faith Franco, Duarte, Calif., won on medical disqualification over Diona Wigand, Lexington, Ky., Medical-DQ
- 152 lbs/male: Willie Jones, Charlotte, N.C., dec. Regis Prograis, Houston, Texas, 20-11
- 165 lbs/female: Tika Hemingway, Pittsburgh, Pa., dec. Tiffanie Ward, Hacienda Heights, Calif., 16-14
- 165 lbs/male: Antoine Douglas, Burke, Va., dec. Martez Jackson, Valdosta, Ga., 13-13 (74-71)
- 178 lbs/male: Sijuola Shabazz, Las Cruces, N.M., dec. Sean Betterncourt, Stoughton, Mass., 20-16
- 201 lbs/male: Joseph Williams, Far Rockaway, N.Y, won on medical disqualification over James Shorter, Northridge, Calif., Medical DQ
- 201+ lbs/female: Dominic Breazeale, Anaheim, Calif., won on medical disqualification over O’Jayland Brown, Sacramento, Calif., Medical- DQ
Stephen Johnson feature writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com