John Molina Wins On ESPN
“Friday Night Fights”
By Carlos Cordoba
John Molina 23-1, 18KOs earned a TKO victory over Colorado’s
Robert Frankel 28-11-1, 5KOs in the main event of ESPN’s
“Friday Night Fights” at the Pechanga Casino and Resort in
Temecula, CA. The trilling fight card was promoted by
Referee Raul Caiz Jr. was forced to stop the night’s
headlining bout at the end of round number five. His
stoppage was a consequence of John Molina’s brutal and
calculated attack which left Robert Frankel’s face
bludgeoned. It was truly a gruesome scene. Frankel face had
open wounds in several places as blood poured profusely
through them. The outcome of the fight was predictable after
the end or round number one.
The first round of the main event saw little action; albeit,
one wouldn’t have guessed by Robert Frankel’s appearance.
Two rights from John Molina bloodied Frankel
instantaneously. Frankel’s wounds would only progress to
worsen as Molina applied pressure and savagely attacked the
wounded veteran on his way to a technical knockout.
Mauricio Herrera Defeats Michael Dallas Jr.
In the televised co-feature, Lake Elsinore’s Mauricio
Herrera 18-1, 7KOs earned a majority decision victory
against Michael Dallas Jr. 17-2-1, 7KOs in a ten round Jr.
It was Michael Dallas Jr. who began the fight strong by
utilizing his superior physical ability to box and move
working of his stick. He was able to do the latter in the
opening round. The rounds that followed would see Herrera
pressure Dallas Jr. against to ropes, often making his
counterpart fight on his Heels.
Fighting in front of a Partisan crowd, Herrera continued to
up his aggression. He worked off his stiff jab that set him
up for some powerful left hooks which landed often. The
constant pressure forced Michael Dallas Jr. to fight in
close quarters, a style not complementing of his athletic
prowess. It should be noted; Dallas Jr. did find success and
at times looked like he would take control of the bout.
Herrera seemed to be fatigued in the latter rounds as he
found success with his aggressive style; however, the
constant pressure also tired him. After walking down his
opponent for almost seven rounds, Herrera allowed Michael
Dallas Jr. to garner some much need momentum in round number
eight; a round that saw the Bakersfield native concentrate
his attack to the body of his foe. Dallas Jr. also did some
good work fighting of the ropes. But it was Herrera’s
Sisyphean will that propelled him to win an animated round
The tenth and final round saw Michael Dallas Jr. control the
early round as it was he who had the winded Herrera backed
against the ropes. Herrera did not capitulate and finished
the round strong on his way to a majority decision victory.
When the final bell rang, one judge had scored the bout a
draw at 95-95, the second judge had it 98-92, and the final
judge saw it 96-94 in favor of Herrera.
“I knew that it was going to be an ugly fight, a lot of
holding… and low blows. I felt I kept busy,” said Mauricio
Herrera as he summed up his victory in one phrase in a post
Ricardo Williams Victorious Over Arman Ovsepyan
Former 2000 Olympian Ricardo Williams 19-2, 10KOs earned a
split decision victory against Arman Ovsepyan 11-2, 9KOs in
an 8 round Welterweight Bout.
Round number one was lacked action as both fighters
attempted to become acclimated to each other’s styles. The
tactical match continued into the second were Ricardo
Williams settled into the role of the counter puncher and
allowed the Armenian native to calmly stalk him for the
entirety of the fight.
At times, it seemed like Arman Ovsepyan was the fighter that
was winning the strategic match. His continued attack forced
Ricardo Williams to retreat in the fourth and fifth rounds.
Ovsepyan focused on Williams’s body and then would follow
through with forceful straights and hooks. He was able to
land a left hook followed by a straight right that moved the
crowd in the following round; albeit, Ricardo Williams
followed through and dominated the rest of round number six
by completely outclassing his foe.
Williams discovered his short left hook in the former round,
and successfully connected on several occasions. A tired
Williams allowed Ovsepyan to take the momentum that he had
garnered in the former round. Ovsepyan seemed comfortable in
the ring as he forcefully applied pressure on a tired
Williams in round number seven; however, his pressure wasn’t
enough. Williams came back to dominate the eighth and final
round with his straight left which landed on several
occasions. He moved Ovsepyan back with one that was followed
by a right.
One judge ringside scored the bout 77-75 for Ovsepyan, while
the other two judges saw the bout 79-73 and 77-75 handing
Ricardo Williams wins a split decision victory.
Vahe Saruhan Wins 2nd Professional Bout
Vahen Saruhan 2-0, 1KO took on Oscar Santana 1-1, 1KO in a 4
round lightweight bout. In a match of evenly talented
newcomers with different fighting styles Saruhan came out
victorious. The rangy Santana tried to make it a fight but
was unable to cut the ring off against a much quicker and
Javier “El Intocable” Molina Beats Foe
Javier Molina 8-0, 4KOs earned a unanimous decision victory
against Hector Alatorre 16-16, 5KOs in a 6 round Jr.
Matt Villanueva Fights to a Controversial Draw
Matt Villanueva 6-0-1, 6KOs and Ernie Marquez 9-8-2, 3KOs
fight to a technical draw. The bout ended after Marquez was
hit with a low blow and was unable to continue.