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Molina Takes Out Bey In Vegas

Molina and Bey exchange punches
Molina and Bey exchange punches

By Sean Wippert ringside in Las Vegas: Sometimes in boxing it only takes a single punch to change everything. For those involved when this happens its shocking and often very disorienting for the combatants. The crowd adds to this sudden euphoria, often screaming and shouting as though their voices will somehow change the outcome of what just occurred. Tonight was Mickey Bey’s turn to experience this.


Unfortunately for the lightweight prodigy it happened not just when he was winning, but when he was dominating and less than a minute away from sending to a decision. To understand just how shocking this ending really was you have to know how it came to be.


Bey opened the fight with a very slick, elusive jab attack. The Cleveland, Ohio fighter made it a point to set the tone of the fight as a boxing match against his less technical opponent John “The Gladiator” Molina. The tactic not only worked, it seemed to defuse a lot of the early offense Molina threw at him. Molina would charge in looking for a shot, Bey would pepper him with shots and vanish. This was the basic scenario that repeated itself in the first few rounds.


By the fourth round Bey’s elusive offense was turning into a serious issue for Molina. He was taking a lot of unanswered shots and in addition, Bey it seemed had found his timing. He was not only hitting Molina, he had begun beating him to the punch, hitting him almost at will before leaving prior to any response. In essence, the middle rounds of the fight were a speedier version of what had occurred in the opening. They also seemed to be a template for what was to occur in the later rounds.


The amount of offensive and defensive success that Bey was having up through the seventh round of the fight had begun to show and for good reason. He had done a lot of damage and had little in return. He was in complete control and seemed to know it. Maybe it was this or maybe something his corner had told him, but in the eighth round Bey began turning from a hit and move mentality to just a hit mentality. The man who had spent round after round acting like a boxer suddenly wanted to slug it out. This change in tactic did work through the round and on into the ninth.



Molina celebrates win
Molina celebrates win

By the tenth and final round many at ringside and in attendance could see few ways that Bey could actually lose. It was as though the visible confidence of Bey had spread too many in the arena who seemed to cheer his every punch. The sensation was apparently reciprocal as Bey at one point after tattoo Molina dropped his hands, standing and taunting his opponent as if to say “You can’t hurt me.” Turns out he was wrong. What Bey had apparently forgotten was that out of the 28 fights Molina had been in, 20 had ended with him knocking his opponent out.


At around the one and a half minute mark of the round, he was reminded of this fact in brutal fashion. Molina connected with a crushing left hook that sent Bey staggering. Molina finally saw his chance and opened the floodgates. He unloaded everything he had left and then some, firing shot after shot in a last ditch effort to win. Bey was in a daze and doing almost nothing to stop the hailstorm of leather that was hitting him.


Referee Vic Drakulich had finally seen enough, grabbing hold of a noticably disoriented Bey before waving a stop to thee fight at the 2:01 mark of the tenth round. The seemingly improbable TKO win for Molina sends him to 26-3-0 with no 21 knockouts. Bey’s loss gives him his first professional defeat, dropping him to 18-1-1 with 9 knockouts.


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