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Molina knocks out Lundy
Molina kept quiet even when his boxing intelligence was being challenged and there was no doubt that Lundy had the advantage in the technical skills. But Molina had the great equalizer, the hands of lead.
Lundy began the first round by showing Molina the intricacies of the sweet science as he moved side to side while popping Molina with quick combinations. He looked flatfooted and found himself unable to respond.
Unable to trap Lundy, he often threw at air while getting combinations back and it looked like he was on his way to fulfill his promise to teach Molina a boxing lesson.
For Lundy, the first four rounds went according to plan and only in the fifth round did Molina managed to lay some leather on his opponent when his opponent stayed on the rope a little longer than needed.
The sixth round returned to the pattern of the first four rounds but there was a subtle difference occurring. Molina appeared to get closer and closer to his prey. In the seventh round, both fighters had their moments as Molina managed to get in a few punches but going into the last five rounds, it was Lundy fight to lose.
Molina rarely used body shots to slow down Lundy and his jab was pawing and ineffectual. He simply appeared to be one step to slow for his opponent. That is until the eighth round when the great equalizer appeared in the form of a Molina right hand.
Lundy, who consistently mocked Molina, stood in front of Molina as if daring him to hit him. He committed a careless move when he kept his hands down within Molina’s range and this led to a sharp right nailing him as he attempted to move away.
Lundy went down and barely beat the count.
He moved for the rest of the round but Molina changed the tenor of the fight. The ninth and 10th rounds were close rounds as Lundy boxed effectively but his legs were slowing down as Molina was trapping him on the ropes more and more.
In the 11th round, Molina ensnared Lundy on the rope, who held on the rope with one hand. Molina unleashed a barrage before the referee separated the two. Molina chased Lundy and once again surrounded him with combinations on the ropes.
A six or seven punch combination battled Lundy as he stood on the rope. A couple of the punches came through but majority of those punches nailed him on the button and the referee stopped the fight.
Lundy appeared surprise but his antics earlier in the round when he held on the rope doomed him. The referee made a judgment that Lundy was close to the end.
In a fight that he was outboxed, Molina stayed with his game plan as he plowed forward. In the early round, Lundy dominated the action as Molina was lucky to win one round over the first six.
As the fight continued, Molina pressure started to have its effect as he got closer to his quarry. He was still getting nailed and his right eye started to swell but his punches when they landed started to have its effect.
Lundy did not have the same power to force Molina back and in the end, it was Molina’s power that won. Lundy gave Molina his boxing lesson but as in the story of hare and the turtle, it is not what happens in the beginning of the fight that matters but the end.