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Boxing results: Terence Crawford destroys John Molina over 8 rounds
Terence Crawford vs. John Molina was a mismatch on paper, and it was a mismatch in the ring as well. But it was also an entertaining mismatch due to the combination of Crawford’s brutality and Molina’s heart. Right from the beginning of the fight, Molina knew he could not outbox Crawford, so committed to coming forward with constant pressure. Crawford used that pressure to bludgeon Molina, but it never slowed him down - John Molina just kept coming. For 8 rounds he pushed forward, throwing wild haymakers, and for 8 rounds Crawford just shellacked him. Finally, late in round 8, Crawford landed a series of unanswered blows as the crowd went nuts and the referee wisely waved things off, saving Molina from even more punishment.
Post-fight, Crawford stated that he felt he was the Fighter of the Year, and that he was hoping for Pacquiao next. And of course, he gave some love to his loyal Omaha fans. Just a brutal attack all night from Crawford in an entertaining destruction.
Also on the card was Ray Beltran vs. Mason Menard in an interesting crossroads fight. It was a big step up fight for Menard, who looked up to the occasion in round 1. But as the fight progressed, Beltran showed his skill, fighting the best he has in a few years. He was aggressive and accurate, controlling the fight despite Menard doing well. In round 7, he timed Menard perfectly, landed a clean left hook, and that was that. Great win for the veteran that revitalizes his career - Menard walks away with nothing to be ashamed of.
HBO opened the broadcast with a replay of Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz, Jr. from earlier in the day in New Zealand. Parker stands just behind Anthony Joshua as one of the “next big things” in the Heavyweight division. He earned the win here in a tough fight. Both men were fast and energetic, using good combinations and speed to keep the fight close. Ruiz brought the fight hard, but Parker matched him, showing why he is held in such high regard. Good to see Parker get a big platform on HBO - hopefully it leads to more of him on US television.
Join us next weekend for coverage of the retirement fight of Bernard Hopkins as he takes on Joe Smith, Jr.