John Molina upsets Provodnikov, Andrade returns with a bang
In a surprising upset John Molina Jr. (28-6, 23 KOs) dominated former world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.
The fight saw the much taller and naturally bigger Molina Jr. establish distance well and keep Provodnikov at bay and confused for the majority of the fight. The fight saw spurts of action in which logical tactics were not used, but it well thought out body attack by John Molina Jr. that seemed to keep Provodnikov at bay. By the eighth round, Provodnikov was badly bleeding and coming forward to hard, clean punches.
Provodnikov’s best offense came late in the fight when Molina began to tire and he could close the distance, but it was too little, too late. The judges saw the bout 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111 all for John Molina Jr.
Former world champion Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) made a heck of return to the ring picking up a twelfth round KO over junior middleweight Willie Nelson (25-3-1, 15 KOs) in a WBC super welterweight world title eliminator. Andrade’s speed took over the fight as Nelson was never able to mount offense due to having to be defensive the whole fight.
Andrade hurt Nelson badly in the 11th round, but was stopped midway through the 12th round with a right hook. Andrade called out both Charlo brothers after the fight.
In the opening bout of the Showtime telecast, Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KO) scored a third round TKO over late replacement Franklin Mamani (21-2-2, 12 KO) to claim the vacant WBC lightweight world title. Zlaticanin outclassed Mamani, who simply couldn’t handle the pressure being put on him.