Boxing Weekend Recap: Javier Molina, “Boots” Ennis win
Javier Molina dominates
Golden Boy Promotions returned with their regional show “LA Fight Club”, which takes place at the Belasco Theater as super lightweight and former U.S. Olympian Javier Molina handed a one-sided loss to Jessie Roman. Molina controlled the distance early often showing his pedigree as Roman looked to land big punches, but didn’t set them up. The result was Molina being able to dictate the terms of the fight via proper distance.
Below is an interview of Molina after his win.
LA Fight Club undercard
Rafael Gramajo, Victor Ruiz go to war
Rafael Gramajo was pushed to the limit against game journeyman Victor Ruiz. Gramajo has confusing style as he likes to press forward, but with only two knockouts at times seems to put himself in danger with his style with his physical attributes. The two slugged it out an entertaining affair that saw a knockdown decide the fight as a glancing blow dropped Ruiz, which appeared to determine the winner of the bout
Joshua Franco picked up a win on the undercard as well stopping his foe after a shocking loss earlier this year in Puerto Rico.
Joey Alday Jr opened the card defeating former UFC fighter Nam Phan. Alday showed good punch selection but loaded up on too many shots as it appeared Pham got used to the speed of Alday’s punches was able to go to decision with the power puncher. It was a good learning experience for Alday to face a durable foe.
“Boots” Ennis awaits an opportunity
Jaron “Boots” Ennis reminded us that boxers don’t get paid by the hour as he picked up a quick second-round technical knockout of Mike Arnaoutis in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ennis is a young welterweight with promise, poise and endorsements from all who have crossed his path. The only thing now is the right opportunity for Ennis to get properly introduced to the boxing world at large.
Ennis did what was needed as the 20-year-old boxer is entering into the range of a step-up bout as his manager Chris Middendorf has managed his career well to this point as the young fighter has more fights and wins than people many years older than him.
Toka Kahn Clary wins a title
Former Top Rank featherweight Toka Kahn Clary is one step closer to redemption as he picked up the WBA-NABA featherweight title belt in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City as a part of Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing Promotions. Clary, who now trains with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, CA, is looking to get back on track with a new promoter and garner some momentum to his career as Clary was one of the decorated amateurs in his generation
Super middleweight Derrick Webster maneuvers his way through a ten-round shut out of Oscar Riojas in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Webster just had more ability than the game journeyman Riojas as he stunned him early and used his length and jab to control the bout. It was a solid performance as Webster controlled every aspect of the fight.
Webster like a lot of fighters in his position with over twenty wins and only one loss is simply looking for an opportunity for bigger and better things in his future and is obtaining ring time in hopes that opportunity will be in their future.
Super bantamweights Emanuel Navarrete picked up a 12th round KO of Jose Sanmartin, which is an impressive feat in the lower weights. Navarrete, a one-loss pro, actually won his lone loss in a bizarre way as despite losing he was awarded victory nonetheless since his opponent didn’t weigh-in the day prior.
Navarrete with a fan-friendly style and a good record should be finding himself in a decent bout soon.
Supre flyweight Daniel Valladares upset undefeated Adrian Curiel in the co-main event as well. The bout was extremely competitive and entertaining with Valladares edging it.
Edwin Soto pushed to the limit
Edwin Soto revived his career by stopping Ray Oliveira Jr in February of this year, but Soto was pushed to the limit at the Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket in Connecticut as barely got a split decision over Salim Larbi. Soto was dropped in the first round but bounced back to hurt Larbi in the sixth and drop him. In the end, the bout was a very competitive fight on the club show circuit.
Soto who revived his career recently with an upset win will have to reevaluate things after a very difficult bout that followed.