John Molina Jr./Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions
John Molina Jr. of Covina on Saturday had the biggest victory of his career when he won a 12-round unanimous decision over former world champion Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia in the junior welterweight main event at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y. Molina won by scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111.
Molina, a powerful hitter known for getting into ring wars, boxed more than he ever has in securing the victory. His best friend was his left jab, with everything else working off it.
Afterward, Molina, 33, noted that he didn’t have much of an amateur career and that “I believe I’m getting ready to hit my stride.”
Molina (29-6, 23 KOs) was asked if he had any concern about the scorecards before they were read. His response spoke volumes.
“I think it was self-explanatory,” he said on the Showtime telecast. “A fighter knows when he won a fight in the ring. I won that fight.”
Provodnikov (25-5, 18 KOs) agreed.
“Today the decision was the right thing,” he said. “Molina won the fight. He was better tonight.”
Also Saturday, on HBO, Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) of the Ukraine became the first fighter to win two world titles in his first seven fights when he knocked out Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-3-3, 17 KOs) of Puerto Rico in the fifth round at Madison Square Garden to take Martinez’s super featherweight championship.
A mean two-punch combination put Martinez on the canvas, time of the end coming at 1:09.