A couple of Brawls

By Tom Donelson, BASN boxing writer
Updated: June 25, 2011

John Molina and Robert Frankel

John Molina and Robert Frankel

IOWA CITY, IOWA—Friday night fight feature two interesting bouts. In the first bout Mike Dallas challenged Mauricio Herrera and in the second bout, John Molina prepared to fight Robert Frankel.

Mike Dallas and Mauricio Herrera

Mike Dallas and Mauricio Herrera

In the opening round of the first bout, Mauricio Herrera attacked throughout the round as he forced Dallas to retreat and Dallas did little to dissuade Herrera advances. Mike Dallas landed a sharp left hook as the third round wound down in a fight that was being fought on the inside.

In one of those unusual aspects of the sport, the timekeeper made a mistake and rang the bell thirty seconds short of the three minute in the fourth round, a round that Herrera was dominating the real estate on the inside. Herrera continued to pressure Dallas and nailed Dallas with some short accurate punches, including some vicious left hooks. Near the end of the round, Dallas managed to unleash short left hooks counter off the rope.

In the seventh round round, some of Dallas counter body shots bothered Herrera, who started to cover the body and left the head open for further Dallas’ counters. Dallas started to show some toughness as he unleashed successful combination s, up and down while slowing Herrera down. In a fight that was fought on Herrera’s terms, Dallas showed guts as he began to take command of the inside.

During the ninth round, both men stayed inside and exchanged solid blows as Herrera connected on a solid right with 45 seconds left and Dallas scored with combinations near the end of the round as his hands looked the quicker of the two.

Dallas began the tenth final round by pushing Herrera along the rope and scored with effective combinations but with a minute left, Herrera managed to get off the rope and threw some effective combinations. Both went down the stretch landing blows as they both swing some blistering shots in a fight that looked a toss up. Herrera won a majority decision in a bout that was close. (Ted Atlas and I both had Dallas winning but this was a close bout with the Herrera winning the early rounds and Dallas winning the second half of the fight.)

In the second fight, Molina pursued Frankel and by the end of the round, Frankel had a nick open up left eye. Frankel strategy was to move side to side to avoid Molina power and Frankel started to score with quick punches. During the second round, Frankel continued to move and score with quick punches but his left eye opened up a little more as Molina occasionally connected on rights.

In the third round, Frankel threw a devastating combination that sent sweat flying from Molina’s head as Molina retreated quickly from the Frankel attack. Frankel started to take control as he moved in and out while striking quickly but at the end of the round, Molina landed two big rights that stunned Frankel and the bell prevented Molina from taking advantage. Molina pressed his advantage in the fourth round as Molina bombs slowed Frankel down and Frankel movement slowed down; allowing Molina to hit Frankel with his best punch, the right. Molina ended the round with a massive left hook that sent Frankel reeling toward his corner.

ESPN Bob Papa showed blood that sprayed on his papers at ringside as Molina punished Frankel throughout the fifth round with blood flying everywhere. Frankel’s face was a bloody mess after the fifth round and the referee refuse to allow Frankel to come out in the sixth round. Referee must have figured if there was enough blood to flood the ESPN team, maybe it was time to end the fight. Molina won impressively but Frankel showed courage as he stood toe to toe against a harder punching Molina.

During the bout, ESPN did something of interest, showed the fight from the view of judges. Often in close bouts, fans wonder about why one fighter wins over another; this view showed how three judges had three different view of the punch and sometimes it is not always so clear from a particular angle. The reality is that the best view when it comes to judging is the view the home viewer has in witnessing the fight. This could explain why the judges awarded the fight to Herrera. Another factor for Herrera’s victory was the fight stayed inside, which favored Herrera early. Herrera dictated the pace but over the second half of the fight, Dallas still was able to connect more consistently but the judges thought otherwise.