Carlos Molina Continues To
Dispatches Conyers In Seven;
Prospect Hylon Williams Jr. Keeps His “0”
By Robert & Jessica Jones @ Ringside
It was a windy night at the Boulevard Pool at The
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, but the only thunder was coming
from the combatants in the ring on Friday Night. As the sun
set the temperature got colder, leaving much of the audience
looking for any way to keep warm, but Carlos Molina didn’t
let that deter him en route to a 7th round TKO victory over
Both fighters in the main event of ESPN 2’s Friday Night
Fights recently had their best performances in their last
fights, and with a win in this one, things were surely
looking up. Conyers was coming off a dominating performance
in a lopsided unanimous decision victory over previously
undefeated James De la Rosa, while Molina earned a draw with
red-hot prospect Erislandy Lara this March, also at The
Only Molina’s success would continue, as he put on a
dominating performance in dismantling the tough Conyers.
Molina set the tone for the fight in the first round, by
displaying accurate punching, rarely missing Conyers, who
kept his hands low most of the match. With Conyers coming
forward, Molina landed three straight left hooks in a matter
of seconds, though it would be the right hand that caused
Conyers that most problems as the fight went forward.
In the second round, Molina became even more of the
aggressor. Conyers spent the majority of this round, and
most of the remaining rounds of the fight, with his back on
the ropes, more or less making him a sitting duck.
In the beginning of the third round, the fighters appeared
to clash heads, with Conyers getting the worst of it. At
first it appeared Conyers just had bruising, but by the end
of the round he was bleeding. At the end of the round Molina
landed a big right hand that that brought more blood from
Conyers, which got caught up in the wind and landed on a
member of press row at least 20 feet away.
Conyers’ eye was certainly bothering him, but nothing should
be taken away from Molina’s performance, which was
impressive the entire night. In the 4th, 5th, and 6th
rounds, Molina continued his dominating ways, landing the
right hand mostly at will. The fourth round did see Conyers
score the very definition of a flash knockdown over Molina,
but it did very little to deter Molina, perhaps making him
angrier. In each of these rounds, Conyers’ activity
lessened, while the blows he was receiving to his head grew.
Referee Tony Weeks seemed to grow more and more concerned as
the fight went on, while the doctor’s visits in Conyers
corner became more frequent.
With just about one minute to go in the 7th round, Molina
landed a big right hand that staggered Conyers across the
ring. Before Conyers could regain his balance, Weeks had
stepped in to stop the fight. With the victory, Molina
improves his record to 18-4-2 (6 KO’s), while Conyers
dropped to 12-5 (9 KO’s), losing his fourth fight within the
With the victory Molina will continue to rise in the junior
middleweight division. With the assistance of ESPN2
television, Molina could find himself in a big fight soon.
In the co-feature Hylon Williams Jr. completed his second
fight since a year-plus layoff with an eight round unanimous
decision over Marco Herrera. Herrera was game the entire
fight, but the speed and defense of Williams was too much
for him. Williams Jr. improved to 14-0 (3 KO’s) by scoring a
79-73, 79-73, and 77-75 unanimous decision over victory of
Herrera, now 6-5-1 (2 KO’s).
In the final televised fight of the night, Cuban heavyweight
prospect Glendy Hernandez defeated Canada’s Ken Frank, by
four round unanimous decision. Hernandez landed most of the
big shots in the fight, but Frank and his chin were never in
serious trouble. Hernandez, who didn’t appear particularly
happy with his performance after the fight, improved to 7-0
(3 KO’s) while Frank move to 4-2-1 (2 KO’s).
Off-TV Portion –
The main feature for the off-TV portion of the fights was
Tim Coleman versus Sergio Rivera. Many pundits were
surprised Coleman would take a tough fight like this with a
welterweight title fight looming. Rivera was game, but
Coleman’s speed and ability to land his right hand when he
wanted to gave him the win in a fairly comfortable fashion.
The final tally of the eight round fight was 80-72, 79-72,
and 78-74. Coleman improved to 19-1-1 (5 KO’s) while Rivera,
whose record is somewhat unclear, fell to a reported 16-7-2
(10 KO’s) according to the official bout sheet handed to
press row, prior to the fight.
Cuban Super Featherweight Rances Barthelemy had the most
impressive win of the night, stopping Las Vegas local Rynell
Griffin in just two rounds. The stoppage came after
Barthelemy threw a barrage of 20-30 unanswered punches,
prompting the referee to save Griffin. Barthelemy, who seems
ready for a bigger fight, moved to 12-0 (10 KO’s) while
Griffin goes back to the drawing board after falling to
6-5-1 (2 KO’s).
Russian Featherweight Evgeny Gradovich improved to 10-0 with
7 KO’s with a six round unanimous decision over Aalan
Martinez, who suffered his first career loss, dropping to
9-1-1 (5 KO’s), scores were 59-55 (twice), and 58-56.