By Mark Eisner: Welterweight contender Josesito Lopez (37-8, 19 KO) wiped out 36-year-old John Molina Jr. (39-9, 24 KOs) in stopping him in the 8th round on Saturday night on the undercard of Errol Spence Jr. vs. Shawn Porter at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The official time of the stoppage was at 0:35 of round 8.
Lopez had too much power for Molina in dropping him twice in round 1 and then another time in 7 before the match was finally halted in the 8th round by referee Ray Corona.
Molina took a pounding
Lopez landed a lot of shots in rounds 2 through 8. Molina showed a lot of grit and determination in being able to take the punishment from Lopez. By the 8th, Molina was getting worked over something fierce by Lopez, and he needed saving. This fight had mismatch written all over it the moment it was made, as Lopez had looked great in losing a 12 round majority decision to former World Boxing Association welterweight champion Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman earlier this year on January 26. That performance showed that Lopez has still got a lot in the tank at 35.
Lopez almost knocked Thurman out in the 7th round, but he was able to survive. In contrast, Molina came into the fight having lost 2 out of his last 3 fights in defeats against Omar Figueroa Jr. and Terence Crawford. The losses were one thing for Molina, but the inactivity was even more of a problem. Molina Jr. didn’t fight at all in 2018, and only had one fight in 2017. With the inactivity, Molina can’t be effective against top tier opposition. His age obviously doesn’t help.
Robert Guerrero defeats Jerry Thomas
Former two division world champion Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero (36-6-1, 20 KOs) picked up his third consecutive victory in defeating Jerry Thomas (14-2-1 8 KOs) by a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision. The scores were 99-91, 98-92 and 99-91. Guerrero, 36, was a much better fighter than the little known Thomas. Guerrero is capable of beating much better opposition than
‘The Ghost’ Guerrero was content to out-box Thomas through most of the fight. In the 9th, Thomas showed some life in landing some nice punches, but he lacked the power to hurt Guerrero. In the 10th, Guerrero went looking for a knockout, and landed some big shots that had Thomas looking miserable.
Overall, it wasn’t vintage Robert Guerrero that we saw tonight. He’s nowhere near the fighter that he was in 2006 when he was his best at featherweight. Guerrero isn’t cut out to be fighting in the 147 pound division. Although his 5’8″ height and his weight is that of a welterweight, he lacks the punching power to compete with the best in this weight class. He’s an old 36, and he’s not someone that is capable of hanging with the better contenders like Yordenis Ugas and Josesito Lopez.
Joey Spencer destroys Travis Gambardella
Unbeaten middleweight prospect Joey Spencer (9-0, 7 KOs) made easy work of Travis Gambardella (5-1-2, 2KO) in defeating him by a 3rd round knockout. Spencer, 19, knocked Gambardella down three times in the fight in dropping him once in the round 1, and twice more in round 2.
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