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Photos: Josh Kelly Passes Big Test With Win Over Carlos Molina

By Chris Williamson, photos by Lawrence Lustig

Hot welterweight prospect Josh Kelly chalked up the sixth straight win of his professional ledger with a very solid ten round decision over former IBF super welterweight champion Carlos Molina.

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The Mexican Molina presented a significant step up in quality for Kelly, having mixed with the likes of Erislandy Lara, Kermit Cintron, James Kirkland, Cory Spinks, Ishe Smith and Cornelius Bundradge through a fifteen year career.

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Former amateur star Kelly smiled at friends and family just behind me, oozing the confidence of a fighter who enters to Michael Jackson’s ‘Pretty Young Thing’.

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Despite the quality of opponent, Kelly barely changed his approach dancing around the ring with hands down and relying on superb reflexes to duck and slip the visitor’s punches.

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Kelly’s jab was sharp and hurtful and when he puts his hooks together in combination he really is a joy to watch, aesthetically similar - dare I say it - to Terry Norris.

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By the seventh round Kelly was having fun, bouncing up and down throwing an impressive variety of punches at Molina and almost showboating when on the defensive.

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Kelly’s dominance continued in the eighth, as the Sunderland man hurt Molina with a right uppercut and continued the clowning with a short variation on the Ali shuffle.

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By the ninth, Kelly briefly turned southpaw before continuing the assault from his familiar orthodox stance. Molina trudged back to his corner looking defiant but resigned to the loss.

Kelly underlined his dominance in a final round in which he slipped Molina’s hooks beautifully while punishing the tough former champ.

The judges scored it 98-92 twice and 99-91.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BlackSoul on 04-01-2018

they say im racist and dont like white fighters but i like Josh Kelly and Vasyl Lomachenko & actually wish them all the best(i just hate the fan bases that attach themselves to the fighters)

Comment by ruedboy on 04-01-2018

Good win for Kelly, but keep it real. Molina's been done for a while. Carlos had lost 2 in a row coming in to the fight, and his last decent was a SD vs Ishe Smith back in 2013.

Comment by angkag on 04-01-2018

Good fight for Kelly. Lets not forget that Molina is 5+ years past his best, but it was all down to how Kelly would look, as if there were gaping holes, Molina still good enough to make him pay. But…

Comment by TheBigLug on 04-01-2018

Good win for his 6th fight. Molina is shot but i doubt many would fancy the job in their 6th fight.

Comment by yammy25 on 04-01-2018

did a very sound job for a lad who's only in his 6th pro fight. His knowledge and appreciation of his opponents style after the fight is what got me, he appreciated that because molina didnt synchronise foot and hand…

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