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Molina Ambushed Cintron

19 Jul

Photo by Chris Farina

Before Brandon Rios laid waste to Urbano Antillon in the third round of their recent World Boxing Association lightweight championship fight at the Home Depot Center, Carlos Molina proved too slick while punching his way to a unanimous decision over veteran Kermit Cintron in their 10-round super-welterweight meeting.
Judges Max De Luca, Steve English and Marty Denkin all scored the contest 98-92 in favor of the 28-year-old Molina, who hails from Mexico and is now 19-4-2.
Cintron, from Puerto Rico, has been boxing professionally since 2000, and has been in the ring with such notables as Antonio Margarito (April 2005 and April 2008), Sergio Martinez (February 2009), Alfredo Angulo (May 2009), and most-recently Paul Williams (May 2010).
It seemed the rust and layoff were too much for Cintron (32-4-1 with 28 knockouts) to overcome.
This night belonged to Molina, who was on the prowl from the beginning and didn’t stop until the closing bell.
Molina was more aggressive than Cintron, and claimed his stake in the opening round. In the second round he landed three solid rights and a left late.
The next two rounds mirrored the first two, while the fifth was a round in which Molina hurt Cintron at the back end.
Molina’s quickness was evident when the pair engaged in the middle of the ring as Molina got off numerous clean punches, while Cintron had little or no response.
Molina owned the sixth round after landing several clean rights, and adopted the same ploy in the seventh, although Cintron fared somewhat better.
The final three rounds were nearly identical to the previous seven as Molina, who has six knockouts, was faster on the draw, while Cintron was unable to gather much offense.
Other highlights included up-and-coming Filipino light-welterweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta decking Jorge Pimentel in three rounds of their scheduled 8-round fight. The last came 2:23 into the third, and was the result of a bruising left.
Gesta (22-0-1 with 12 KO’s) had Pimentel in trouble from the outset, flooring him with a short right late in the first round.
“I did good,” said Gesta, a southpaw who makes his home in San Diego. “I know that my opponent wasn’t the best, but I still respect him. I always try studying my opponent in every round.”
The pounding continued into the next round when Gesta floored Pimentel (23-12-0 and 17 KO’s) with another quick right.
Undefeated and wildly-popular Mike Lee made his Southern California debut amid much fan fare as the three-time Notre Dame champ and 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves king decked Michael Birthmark three times in their 4-round light heavyweight match.
“I love fighting here,” said Lee, who admitted that he heard some “USC, USC,” chants from the small but lively crowd. “But that was OK. It was still fun.”
Of course, the Fighting Irish and Trojans have waged classic battles on the football field since the 1920’s.
It began well for Lee (6-0-0 with 4 KO’s) who put Birthmark (2-6-0 and 1 KO) down early with a thundering right in the opening round. Lee took the second round by being more active and connected with several stinging shots.
Lee knocked Birthmark on his tail with another well-placed right, and did the same thing prior to the bout concluding at 2:54 of the third round.

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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Articles by Rick Assad

 

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