By Jake Donovan
He wasn’t mad when the official draw verdict was read after 10 furiously paced rounds of action versus Oscar Molina last month in Las Vegas. He’s still not mad when thinking about it more than two weeks later.
Don’t mistake his professionalism for acceptance, though: Domonique “3D” Dolton firmly believes he deserved to win the Sept. 29 Fox Sports 1-televised clash with Molina. In fact, he’s so confident that he would love nothing more than another 10 rounds (or less) to leave no doubt.
“I was confident that won the fight,” Dolton (17-0-1, 9KOs) insists, acknowledging what went wrong and also what he did to recover. “I fought until the last bell. He had that one big punch that rocked me in round three, and landed some left hooks in the middle rounds.
“After that, I pushed the fight and was the more aggressive fighter. I thought it was enough to win by at least a couple of rounds, but the judges didn’t see it. I’m not mad about it, I know what I was able to do against a good fighter like that.”
Both fighters were unbeaten prospects heading into the bout, which served as the televised opener for the September 29 edition of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC): Toe-to-Toe Tuesdays on Fox Sports 1 (unbeaten 130 lb. titlist Javier Fortuna scored a 10th round stoppage of Carlos Ivan Velazquez in the main event). It was part of the highest-rated telecast over six consecutive Tuesdays, and the fight itself deemed as not just one of the most evenly matched of any PBC show, but also one of the most competitive and entertaining.
Given those tidbits, a rematch would make all the sense in the world. With or without it, Dolton believes he now has more options than ever before as a result of his performance.
“I definitely felt like that fight put my stock up,” believes the Michigan-based boxer, who trains out of the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit. “I came out, fought an undefeated guy – a former Olympian who was there to fight. I came back after getting hurt. I showed the will to win, that I have strong heart and big balls to go along with all my skills.”
Next time around, it would also be just another fight. With the crossroads bout appearing live on Fox Sports 1, Dolton admits that - even in a (believed-to-be) winning effort – he could have offered a stronger performance.
“For weeks we did our thing in the gym, worked on our game plan to perfection. Then I got in the locker room, saw them cameras and it just hit me,” Dolton recalls. “I knew all along the fight would be on TV, but I let myself get out my game plan. I started out tight early in the fight. Once I warmed up, I took over the fight. I need to just maintain that tunnel vision, push forward and I’ll be alright.”
Whether it’s a rematch with Molina or taking another fight, Dolton – who is 2-0-1 in 2015 – hopes to have a fourth fight on the year. It shouldn’t be an issue, given his alliance with the PBC circuit.
“My first priority is getting that boy in the ring again, I’d love to fight him in early December if we can make that happen,” Dolton states. “I don’t want to wait too much longer. I got three fights this year, a fourth would keep everything consistent, keep my timing sharp.
Should that desired fight not happen, there really isn’t anything else keeping him at super welterweight. If that’s the case, a move to the always loaded welterweight division could be in his immediate future. Even with a rematch versus Molina, dropping down in weight is the most likely scenario for his next order of business immediately following unfinished business.
“Welterweight is my future, for sure,” Dolton confirms. “At 147, I’m a lot stronger. I have to break fighters down in order to stop them here (at 154 lbs.). For now, I just want that rematch first, whatever weight it needs to be. I just need to fight my fight, and it'd be easy money. I'm in fight mode as we speak.”
Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com.
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