By Rudy Mondragon
In an exciting fight of the year candidate war, Lucas Matthysse (35-3, 33 KOs) took on and defeated John Molina Jr (27-4, 22 KOs) with an 11th round KO. Molina entered the match after winning two consecutive fights, whereas Lucas was bouncing back from a 2013 defeat against undefeated Lightweight champion, Danny Garcia.
Carson, California is the place where boxing classics take place. Think back to Rafael Marquez/Israel Vasquez II, Antonio Margarito/Paul Williams, and Abner Mares/Jhonny Gonzalez. Last night was no different. Lucas and John put on an exciting fight for a crowd that enjoys not necessarily the sweet science, but the savage science (Douglas Fischer).
The fight started of with lots of excitement as Lucas could not figure out the taller and longer John. John was able to score a knockdown in the second and fifth round of the fight. Lucas adjusted well and began to use his jab to set up his power shots. This proved to be the difference maker in the fight as Lucas landed 71 of his 233 (30%) jabs. This helped hime set up his 204 landed power shots of the 340 he threw (60%). Molina also threw some bombs last night, landing 86 of his 263 thrown power shots (33%). It was that kind of fight, both guys were swinging for the fences with the purpose of taking the other man out.
The tide definitely turned around the 8th round as Lucas landed some power shots that sent John to the canvas. At this point, both fighters had suffered cuts from an accidental head butt. Lucas had a cut over his left eye and John suffered a cut on the back of his head. The fans witnessed a savage round 10 as Lucas began to enter for the kill. He got John in the ropes and landed over 10 shots in quick succession. This was the beginning of the end for John. John’s corner at this point was in a state of panic as trainer Joe Goosen and the corner doctor got into it. Doctor said John had a cut in his head, Joe said the cut was in the back of the head, doctor told Joe to shut up, and Joe nearly exploded and confronted the doctor before the referee Pat Russell could step in and hold Joe back.
It only took Lucas 22 seconds into the 11th round to finish John off. A fatigued John Molina was stuck in the ropes and Lucas delivered a pair of lefts and rights and down went Molina.
A beautiful way to finish the fight, Lucas did what he needed to bounce back in style. A decision or lackluster fight would not have got the job done. From here, there are many possibilities for Lucas Matthysse. Mauricio Herrera and Lucas Matthysse would be great for boxing. It could beautifully set up a rematch with Danny Garcia for the winner of that fight. There is also Adrien The Problem Broner who is moving down to 140lbs.
@elmaestro1 a fight between u and lucas would be great for boxing!
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PHOTOS: Check out the photos from last nights war here, courtesy of Boxingscene.com: