Results: Crawford dominates and stops Molina in eight
By Hector Franco
December 11, 2016
OMAHA, NEBRASKA – WBC/WBO 140-pound kingpin Terence Crawford gave his hometown another great performance for them to remember on Saturday night. Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) dominated John Molina (29-7, 23 KOs) from the start of the fight. He was able to fight on the back foot while landing clean jabs and straight lefts.
Crawford in the first round turned southpaw and stayed in that stance for most of the fight. Molina kept coming forward and never wavered in his relentlessness. The end came at the 2:32 mark of the eighth round after Crawford turned up his offense. The Omaha native backed Molina up with straight lefts and ended the fight with a barrage of punches highlighted with body shots.
Fans will now wonder what will be next for Crawford. The WBA 140-pound champion is Ricky Burns (41-5-1, 14 KOs) who Crawford defeated at lightweight in 2014. There is also the newly crowned IBF 140-pound champion Julius Indongo (21-0, 11 KOs). Indongo knocked out Eduard Troyanovksy last week in the first round in Russia to win the title in an upset.
After this performance from Crawford, fans still want to see him in the ring with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. A fight with Pacquiao would seem to be easier to make than other fights with welterweights such as Errol Spence or Danny Garcia due to promotional differences. Regardless, Crawford proved again tonight that he is one of the best fighters in the sport of boxing.
On the undercard of the night, Ray Beltran (31-7-1, 19 KOs) put on what could possibly be the best performance of his career. He stopped the undefeated Mason Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) by seventh round knockout with a sensational left hook. After the first round, Beltran took over and dominated the fight. Beltran fights in a stacked lightweight division. With this victory, he may have opened himself up to an opportunity for another world title shot.
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