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Molina Jr. Stops Redkach in FOTY Contender!

Molina (left) shows big power time and again.
Molina (left) shows big power time and again.

By Derek Bonnett


John Molina Jr. does it again and again and again. Whenever conversations rise regarding the best natural punchers in the sport, the names Julian Jackson, Mike Tyson, and Randall Bailey are sure to surface. Well, it’s time John Molina Jr.’s name joined the topic. With memorable comeback victories over Hank Lundy, Mickey Bey, and now Ivan Redkach, no contender or champion should ever feel safe in the ring with Molina until the final bell.


Molina took on Redkach in a 140-pound bout on Fox Sports live from Pioner Events Center in Lancaster, California. Redkach boxed effectively in the first stanza while Molina stalked in search of a big right hand opportunity. Instead, Redkach found his and also snapped the California natives head back with a straight left down the middle. Redkach hit the canvas in the closing seconds, but the incident was ruled a trip. Redkach continued to move in round two as Molina came out like a windmill with looping hooks and wild rights. Redkach’s straight left landed again and soon Molina was under fire in a corner and looking like he was in trouble. Molina worked his way back to mid-ring, but was nearly decapitated by a mighty left hook followed up with a right from Redkach. Molina rose on unsteady legs and not fully recovered, but the perennial contender made his way through the round.


Now that Molina, 34, was behind on points and hurt, it was clear it was time for him to get to work and, instead of folding up in defeat, he produced one of the year’s great comebacks. Redkach came in for the finishing touches on Molina, but found himself in a heated battle. Molina’s wild punches found their mark, but it was his jab that he used to pepper Redkach and set up a booming right hand to score his revenge knockdown in the third. Molina swarmed Redkach after he regained his footing. The bout could have ended there as Redkach lurched forward and got his head taggled in the ropes. The referee gave the hurt fighter some more time to recover as he replaced his mouthpiece. Redkach was overwhelmed, but held on until the round’s end. Both boxers went toe to toe in the fourth until Molina’s right hand in rapid succession produced the second knockdwon in his favor. No count was given to the vanquished Redkach. The official time of the stoppage was 1:27 of round four.


Molina raised his dossier to 30-7-0 (24) and enhanced his reputation as one of the most TV friendly fighters when matched evenly. Redkach crashed to 20-4-1 (16), but himself is no stranger to a high-action bout.

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