Molina Smashes Rodriguez For
WBC USNBC Lightweight Title
Photos: German Villasenor Team Molina/Showdown Promotions.
John ''the Gladiator'' Molina (22-1, 18KOs) won the vacant
WBC USNBC Lightweight belt in front an outdoor setting and
very lively crowd in three heats of action.
Molina, now (22-1, 18KOs) dropped his game challenger,
Guadalajara, Mexico's Alejandro Rodriguez (12-3, 6KOs) three
times, once at the end of the first round, and twice more in
the third round, with Rodriguez' corner calling for the
stoppage, with the referee calling the action off at 1:45 of
On the co-feature Bantamweight Hanzel Martines (Antonio
Margarito's brother-in-law) brought the fans to their feet
with a wicked stoppage, with a head shot against a shifty,
quick handed Omar Gonzales 2-6 in the fourth round of a
Gonzales, dizzy, tried to beat the count, in no shape to
continue, the referee wisely saw fit to call the bout off at
2:33 of the round.
In other results, Big Welterweight Juan Gonzalez won his
pro-debut by scoring a TKO win over another pro-debuter in
Edward Garcia at 2:33 of the first stanza.
Heavyweight Enrique Lobatos 3-2-1 (2KOs) scored his second
stoppage by halting Blu Delong 1-1 at 2:54 of the second
round with abody shot.
Welterweight Jonathon Garcia 5-0 (4KOs) dropped Stephen
Rubalcava two-times in the first round, scoring the TKO
victory at 1:20 of the first round.
In the first fight of the night, Featherweight Daniel
Franco2-2-1 (1KO) scored a hard-fought four round majority
decision against Jose Sandoval 1-0-1, 0Kos.
Scores were 38-38 (twice) and 39-37 for the majority
In attendance were the three-time welterweight champion
Antonio Margarito Jesus Soto-Karass and former WBA
Superflyweight champion Martin ''Gallito'' Castillo.
Classy Thomas Trieber handled the announcing duties.