By Jason Pribila: Boxing fans in Oakland, CA were still trying to figure out what Nick Cannon was doing in a boxing ring and settling into their seats for the HBO televised opener between Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 KO) and John Molina Jr. (24-2, 19 KO) and referee Jack Reiss was waving off the fight 0:44 seconds into the fight.
DeMarco landed a straight left that knocked Molina off balance. DeMarco attacked and began throwing power shots. True to his nature, Molina started to throw back before squatting into the ropes. Rather than calling a knockdown, Reiss chose to wave off the fight.
Although Molina was stunned by the punch, it was not the kind of punch that separates a man from his senses. Also, Molina was not being hit cleanly and almost seemed to be expecting an eight count to begin. Hindsight would tell you that Molina should have taken a knee, but it should also tell Reiss that in this case, erring on the side of caution was an error in judgement.
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