Las Vegas, NV — With his career as a legit contender on the line, a swollen, cut and down on the scorecards John Molina used a left hook to snuff out Mickey Bey’s sizable lead and score a captivating 10th round technical knockout at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
It was a fight aptly described by the Showtime crew early on as a “classic boxer vs. classic puncher” matchup — Bey used his legs and shot sharp counters while Molina stalked and did damage with savage power shots. Rounds four and five saw both men stand their ground and trade hooks, with Molina’s heavier hands giving him an edge.
Bey would not be deterred, and he took control starting in round six behind efficient offense: a constant jab, uppercuts inside amd body shots. The work took a toll on Molina, who could not adjust and took a deficit on all cards headed to the 10th and final round (83-88, 82-89, and 81-90).
Over the first minute of the 10th, Bey hurt Molina badly with a series of hooks to the body. After a brief recovery period, Molina resumed coming forward and stunned Bey with a short left hook. He stumbled into the ropes and Molina wailed away after him, landing multiple flush hooks that prompted the stoppage. Bey could be heard repeatedly asking “What happened?” afterward in his corner.
Proof positive (again) that it’s never over until the final bell. A few writers on Twitter were proposing a rematch on the Mayweather-Canelo undercard (greedy group we boxing writers are…), but there’s no way Bey could make that date after a KO defeat like this. And let’s not act like Molina didn’t take some heavy punishment either.
The first official loss of a Money Team boxer since the move to Showtime turned out to be a dramatic one. Mark the 10th down as a Round of the Year candidate. The fight hasn’t hit YouTube yet, so check it out courtesy of the good folks at Sweetboxing HERE while you can.