Pedraza Defeats Molina
By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank
Super Lightweight Jose Pedraza (28-3, 13 KO’s) was on his
A-Game in his fight against Javier Molina (22-3-9, KO’s) in
The Top Rank Bubble in Las Vegas. This was an impressive and
dominant performance by Pedraza who keeps his name in the
mix for a shot in the chock full 140 pound division.
In the opening rounds the fighters took their time feeling
each other out trying to gauge speed and distance. It looked
like it was going to be a give and take affair. But in the
third round Pedraza landed a punch that started swelling
under Molina’s eye. A round later an accidental headbutt
opened a cut on that same eye for Molina. The blood started
trickling into his eye and from that moment on Pedraza took
over the show.
Pedraza looked spectacular as he moved in and out with ease.
Living up to his nickname “Sniper”, Perdaza was hitting and
not taking return fire. He was on his mark all night long.
Molina did his best but it was just not meant to be, he did
not have the answers or fire power to get any momentum at
all. Late in the tenth Pedraza landed a shot that buckled
the knees of Molina. Determined not to go down Molina
weathered the storm and made it to the finish line but it
was Pedraza who came out on top.
Final scores gave Pedraza the unanimous decision 99-91 &
After his victory Pedraza stated, “They do name me the
‘Sniper,’ and that means I have to be patient, and when my
moment comes, I have to take advantage of it. That’s what I
did tonight because I was able to wear him down, break him
down and make him fight my fight. It was the experience that
I’ve had at the top level that helped me finally put it
together. I’ve had the experience. I’ve had the talent, and
it’s just on a night like this that I’m happy I could put it
all together. I do believe I’m ready for a world title
opportunity. Whoever it happens to be between Josh Taylor
and Jose Ramirez, I want the winner of that fight. If for
some reason I can’t get a world title shot against them, I
do want to respectfully ask Jose Zepeda for the rematch.”
Heavyweights Efe Ajagba (13-0, 11 KO’s) and Jonathan Rice
(13-5-1, 9 KO’s) was about an uneventful as a fight could
possibly be. Rice survived and Ajagba did little to impress.
People watching paint dry laugh at anyone who watched this
sleeper. Give Ajagba the W with scores in his favor tallying
98-92 and 99-91 x 2.
Featherweight Robeisy Ramirez (5-1, 3 KO’s) pitched a
shutout against Felix Caraballo (13-3-2, 9 KO’s), in fact it
was almost a no-hitter. Ramirez controlled this one from one
side of the ring to the next. It wasn’t close. It also
wasn’t very exciting. The style of Ramirez may win him a
majority of fights but the question is, will that sell
tickets? The jury is out on that. For the record Ramirez
gets the unanimous decision with scores of 79-73 and 80-72 x
It was a battle of hard punching Super Middleweights between
Christian Montano (10-0, 7 KO’s) & Ryan Adams (7-3-1, 6
KO’s) but this fight did not see any knockdowns and went the
six round distance. It was not the prettiest of affairs but
both men landed good punches throughout the battle. Judges’
scorecards read 58-56 and 60-54 x2 all in favor of Montano.
Super Welterweight Leo Ruiz (8-0, 5 KO’s) put a beatdown on
Rodrigo Solis (4-5-1, 2 KO’s) and took the victory but the
heart of Solis was the story in this one. Taking the fight
on less than a weeks’ notice, while hanging on the beach in
his home in Cancun Mexico mind you, Solis came to Las Vegas
and made a good showing for himself, albeit it in a one
sided loss. Credit to Ruiz for securing the unanimous
decision with scores of 60-54 and 59-53 x 2.
Welcome back Lightweight Bryan Lua (6-0, 3 KO’s). Luis
Norambuena (4-7-1) got hit with a left hook he never saw
coming. The punch from Lua that cracked Norambuena on the
chin wobbled the hapless fighter before he fell straight
back. No need to count here, the fight was stopped at the
2:27 mark of round 2.
Welterweight Jahi Tucker took it to the streets in his pro
debut vs. Deandre Anderson (1-2).These guys came out
swinging from the opening bell. The slugfest was on and the
punches were heavy. Tucker got Andersons attention midway
through the round and it was all Jahi from there. Seeing
Tucker was landing at will the ref had no choice but to stop
the fight at the 2:56 mark of round one.
Welterweight Kasir Goldston won his pro debut over Isaiah
Varnell (3-3, 2 KO’s) in the opening bout. The southpaw
Goldston showed his amateur pedigree with an impressive show
of skill. Final scores gave Goldston the unanimous nod read
40-36 and 39-37 x 2.