Big opportunity for Norwalk’s Oscar Molina foiled in TKO loss to Jarrett Hurd

Oscar Molina, left, takes a right cross from Jarrett Hurd during their fight Saturday in Brooklyn/Photo by Ryan Greene, Premier Boxing Champions


It was good for Oscar Molina of Norwalk to get some national television exposure. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t take advantage of it.

Molina this past Saturday faced another undefeated junior middleweight – Jarrett Hurd – underneath the welterweight title fight between Keith “One Time” Thurman and Shawn Porter, won by Thurman via narrow decision at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on CBS).

A victory would have been the biggest of Molina’s career, but he was stopped in the 10th round by Hurd. Molina didn’t agree with the stoppage. But he was well behind on the scorecards, so he wasn’t going to win, anyway, unless he somehow managed to stop Hurd in that final round.

“I felt like Hurd was throwing a lot of punches in the 10th round, but they weren’t really hurting me,” Molina said. “He was staying busy, but he was never really hurting me.”

Molina was decked in the first round. He said he wasn’t in trouble then, either.

“I went low and I had my head down and he caught me with that uppercut in the first round,” said Molina, 26. “He got me with a shot I wasn’t expecting, but it was definitely a flash knockdown. I wasn’t hurt.”

Molina blamed himself for not being able to figure out Hurd’s defense, thus resulting in Molina smothering his own punches. He vowed to return in better form.

“This was a big opportunity for me and I felt like I fought a good fight,” he said. “I’m going to come back stronger. We’re going to work on a lot of things and get back in there.”

Molina is now 13-1-1. Hurd, of Accokeek, Md., is 18-0 with 12 knockouts.


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Norwalk’s Oscar Molina still perfect after win over Todd Manuel

Oscar Molina/Photo courtesy of TGB Promotions

Oscar Molina (13-0, 10 KOs) of Norwalk remained undefeated by pounding out a one-sided unanimous decision over Todd Manuel in an eight-round super welterweight bout underneath the Robert Guerrero-Aron Martinez main event Saturday at Stub-Hub Center. Molina decked Manual in the first round, but Manuel hung tough.

“I give myself a C,” said Molina, who won by scores of 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73. “I was loading up a little bit too much on my punches. After I knocked him down I got a little anxious. I wanted to stop him right away.”

Manuel, if Crowley, La., is 10-6-1.

Guerrero (33-3-1) won a split-decision over Martinez (19-4-1) and Dominic Breazeale (15-0, 14 KOs) had a third-round TKO of Yasmany Consuegra (17-1) of Cuba in the heavyweight semi-main event.

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Oscar Molina of Norwalk out four months after having shoulder surgery

Oscar Molina of Norwalk, a junior middleweight prospect with an 8-0 record, recently had surgery on his left shoulder and will be out at least four months. The surgery was performed at the Kerlan Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles.

Molina last fought Nov. 16 when he stopped Carlos Sanchez after four rounds at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. That gave Molina, 24, his seventh knockout.

All eight of Molina’s fights came in 2013.


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Oscar Molina needs just 55 seconds

Oscar Molina seems to be getting better with each fight. Molina, of Norwalk, took only 55 seconds to dispatch Jose Martell of Phoenix, nailing him with a double left hook – body then head. Molina, a 2012 Olympian for Mexico, is now 5-0 with four knockouts. Their super welterweight bout on the undercard of Chris Arreola-Bermane Stiverne at Citizens Business Bank Arena was scheduled for four rounds.
Martell (2-8) does not have a good record. Nevertheless, Molina appears to be the real deal.

Molina’s twin brother, Javier, boxed for Team USA in 2008 Olympic Games.


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