Terence Crawford Dominates John Molina; Stops Him in 8th Round

By Keith Idec

Terence Crawford did exactly what he was supposed to do to John Molina Jr. on Saturday night.

The undefeated WBC/WBO super lightweight champion dominated Molina, before stopping his hopelessly overmatched opponent in the eighth round of their scheduled 12-rounder. Crawford’s crisp performance thoroughly pleased an adoring hometown crowd of 11,270 at CenturyLink Center in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, Crawford’s hometown.

Crawford drilled Molina with a body shot in the middle of the ring in the eighth round that badly hurt Molina and made him backtrack. That made Crawford attack in him in a corner and land a barrage of hard body and head shots that forced referee Mark Nelson to step in and save Molina from more damage at 2:32 of the eighth round.

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Fighting almost exclusively out of a southpaw stance, Crawford picked apart a slower, defensively deficient Molina for seven-plus round to improve to 30-0. Molina (29-7, 23 KOs), who upset rugged Russian Ruslan Provodnikov in his last fight, never stopped trying against a completely superior opponent, yet just couldn’t make the fight competitive.

“I showed everything in this fight,” said Crawford, who said “of course” he solidified his case for “Fighter of the Year” awards. “Credit to John Molina. He came, he fought, he did everything he could do. And at the same time, I’m just a fighter. I don’t make the fights. I just fight.”

Crawford counter-punched Molina effectively throughout the fight and mostly avoided Molina’s attempts at landing hard punches, largely thrown one at a time.

Molina did land a right hand in the third round that backed Crawford into the ropes, but the former WBO lightweight champion took the flush punch well and quickly regained control of the fight.

Molina tarnished the event Friday, when he twice weighed in over the contracted 140-pound limit.

The contender from Covina, California, weighed 144 pounds on his first attempt. He lost less than a pound during the standard two hours he was granted to come back on weight, and tipped the scales at 143.4 pounds.

A lengthy negotiation thereafter resulted in Molina paying Crawford $45,000 from his $400,000 purse to keep the fight scheduled. Molina couldn’t win Crawford’s titles because he didn’t meet the 140-pound limit.

Crawford’s purse for his fourth fight in his hometown was $1.5 million.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mike_R on 12-12-2016

Some casuals out there probably thinking some poor guy named Molina got his ass beat twice this weekend.

Comment by Boxing Logic on 12-12-2016

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;17270110]I notice it. Whats REALLY F'd is watch the SAME guys ref'ing a fight between two MexiCANS!!! They'll let then practically KILL each other...[/QUOTE] Yeah I've definitely noticed that too. They know how to ref clean fights when they want…

Comment by War Dinamita on 12-12-2016

Crawford better stay away from Spence and Pacquaio because they both beat him.

Comment by mathed on 12-11-2016

[QUOTE=CatchAndShoot;17271165]He's a 140 lb. fighter that wants to unify the belts at 140. Just because he doesn't want to move up yet doesn't mean he's ducking, or taking the easy way out. We rarely ever see champs unifying their divisions…

Comment by 1hourRun on 12-11-2016


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