Commission: Reiss Was Right To Stop DeMarco vs. Molina

By Robert Morales

There has been some debate over Antonio DeMarco's 44-second stoppage of John Molina, which took place last Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Molina was rocked in the opening seconds by a big left hand, and then DeMarco trapped him in the corner and started firing combinations. Molina bent down, with his butt actually touching the rope. He protecting himself but not firing back. It didn't take long before the fight was stopped.

Although referee Jack Reiss could have ruled a knockdown when Molina's butt was on the rope, he didn't have to, said Che Guevara, chief inspector of the California State Athletic Commission.

"It's a judgment call," Guevara said. "Leaning on the ropes is really what the rules refer to."

Rule 350 states: "A boxer shall be deemed to be 'down' when any part of his body but his feet is on the floor, or if he is hanging helplessly over the ropes. A referee may count a contestant out either on the ropes or on the floor."

Guevara said Reiss appropriately placed his focus on whether Molina was able to defend himself.

"Jack was very vocal with the boxer, saying, "Do something, do something, do something,' " Guevara said. "And all he did was wilt. By going lower and lower and lower, he really left no choice as to what he (Reiss) could do."

Guevara said the rope really wasn't an issue at the end of the day. He also said those watching boxing on TV should not take as gospel what announcers are saying because they often don't know the rules nearly as well as they know the fighters and their accomplishments.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by fceeviper on 09-13-2012

I agree, the stoppage was way too quick. But Molina should have taken a knee as well.

Comment by jcamarena79 on 09-13-2012

Bunch of matter what we (the fans) say or word our opinion....the commision is gonna side with the Jack Riess, they're not about to make him look bad....what's done is done and from what I see nothing is gonna…

Comment by ddangerous on 09-13-2012

[QUOTE=mushahadeen;12507175]Aljosa took 1000000x more punishment.[/QUOTE] Ain't that the truth. Molina, in his defense, has been a good sport thus far in the post fight. Hope he learns from this mistake and can come back.

Comment by mushahadeen on 09-13-2012

Aljosa took 1000000x more punishment.

Comment by Godsfly on 09-13-2012

[QUOTE=JeanGrey;12507044]Rule 351: take a knee and get the 8 count. all in all, its the fighters fault at the end. TAke responsiblity for crying out loud for your own actions[/QUOTE] molina (the fighter) hasn't really complained about the stoppage. after…

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