Molina & Gramajo Victorious
By William Trillo & Albert Castillo
Super lightweights Javier Molina (17-2, 8 KO’s) and Jessie
Roman (22-3, 11 KO’s climbed into the ring looking about as
evenly matched as two fighters could be. Both quick handed
with a lot of snap in their punches.
In the opening rounds it looked as though the fight could go
either way. But as the fight ensued it was Molina who took
charge and although the rounds were close he was clearly
doing more than Roman. As Molina pressed the action Roman
seemed content sit back and wait a bit too much.
In the seventh round it looked like maybe someone lit a fire
under Roman as he came out guns blazing and may have done
enough to win the round. But it was too little too late as
Molina boxed well in the final round securing himself the
victory. Judges tallies had this one 79-73 across the board
giving Molina a hard fought and impressive victory.
"I felt I fought really well," said Javier Molina. "I got
some ring rust off against a good opponent. I was off for
two and a half years, so I'm happy to finally be back in the
ring. This was something I needed. It's my first fight at
140 pounds and I felt the difference. I feel great. I need
to talk to my team now and see what's next, but I want to
"We came to fight, and tonight he was the better man," said
Jessie Roman. "We are going to continue working hard for
another opportunity and hope to come back soon.
Congratulations to Javier Molina."
Super bantamweights Rafael Gramajo (10-1-2, 2 KO’s) and
Victor Ruiz (22-9, 15 KO’s) gave the fights one of the best
scraps seen on The Belasco stage this year. Ruiz, a very
crafty southpaw gave the hometown favorite Gramajo
everything he could ask for and more. In the other corner
was a game Gramajo, he was bloodied early but kept coming at
all costs. This fight was literally nip and tuck.
In the end a simple jab by Gramajo was the difference. That
slight tap forced a flash knockdown in a round that up until
then Ruiz was dominating. That sway on the scorecards made
the difference as Gramajo edged out Ruiz in a tough
unanimous decision. Final scores read 78-73 and 76-75 twice
all in favor of Gramajo. Had it not been for the flash
knockdown the decision would have went the other way. It was
that close. We’d like to see them do it again.
"There are a few things I could have done better in this
fight," said Rafael Gramajo. "We need to go back to the gym
to work on some things. I'm happy I got the victory tonight,
but I have to stay busier in the ring. I'll be back as soon
Super bantamweight Joshua Franco (14-1, 7 KO’s) looked sharp
as he put the leather to Isao Gonzalo Carranza (15-12-1, 9
KO’s) in the scheduled 6 round affair. Franco used effective
aggression to keep Carranza on wobbly legs for most of the
Although he never officially visited the canvas Carranza
looked to be on shaky legs, especially in the latter rounds.
With discretion being the better part of valor Carranza’s
corner brought a halt to the bout at the 1:36 mark of round
"This victory means everything after my last setback,” said
Joshua Franco. “I came better prepared than ever before, and
my loss showed me that I have to keep coming back stronger
and stronger. I want the rematch [with Lucas Leone]."
Middleweight Joey Alday Jr (8-0, 7 KO’s) was a non stop
punching machine versus Nam Phan (3-7-1,2 KO’s) but he was
unable to keep his KO streak alive as a tough Phan took
everything Alday threw at him.
Alday used a plethora of punches from both sides to keep his
foe at bay all night. Credit to Phan for coming to fight and
not giving up in the face of a heavy handed onslaught. Final
scores all in favor of Alday read 40-36 across the board.
“The fight went as planned,” said Joey Alday Jr. “I knew
that he was a UFC fighter, so that meant I had to be very
busy. I also knew he’d have a good chin because of his
record. The win felt great and I’ll have to talk to my team
about what’s next.”
Alday added, “This guy was tough. I was catching him with
some good clean shots, I didn’t know how he was still
standing. He did a heck of a job staying in there. I knew
that sooner or later I was going to run into guys like this
so it was good to do it early on. I like the energy here at
this arena; it’s pretty small so I could hear everyone’s
voices. The crowd definitely lets you know when you’re being
active and when you’re not.”