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  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 & 98-92 twice.

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 2.

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.


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