Molina Comes From Behind to Stun Lundy
Ringside Report By: Mark Vaz
Photography By Emily Harney
Molina, Jr. pulled off an exciting come from behind victory over previously undefeated “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy with an eleventh round stoppage for the NABO Lightweight title.
Lundy’s superior hand speed, accentuated by an outstanding, accurate jab controlled the action for the first four rounds of the fight. Seemingly in for an evening of target practice, Lundy was able to land at will as Molina was barely able to get close enough to the switch-hitting Philadelphian to throw a punch.
The momentum began to shift slightly in the fifth round when Lundy decided to take a breather, content to counterpunch off the ropes, and giving Molina a few opportunities to land. Lundy’s speed still dominated the round, but Molina appeared to find encouragement in facing a less mobile Lundy. An effective sixth for Lundy, who returned to the southpaw stance and more conventional boxing, reversed again in the seventh when he again allowed Molina to close the distance, and brawling on the inside where Molina was obviously more comfortable.
The eighth looked to be all Lundy again who, while being effective pot-shotting Molina with one punch at a time from the outside, got a bit sloppy. Dropping his hands and leaving an opening for a perfectly timed right-hand counter from Molina, Lundy found himself on his back. Looking hurt but cognoscente, the well-conditioned Lundy was able to beat the count and survive the remainder of the round with good movement and boxing, regaining his legs by the conclusion of the round.
Boxing well again in the ninth and tenth, Lundy was able to avoid trouble, but Molina looked for the first time like a fighter that knew what he needed to do to win. Pressuring Lundy and looking for his range, Lundy accommodated him, fighting off the ropes with good effect, but remaining in the danger zone, often barely avoiding the bombs of Molina.
On the ropes in the eleventh, Lundy took several solid left hooks, hands down and holding the ropes, appearing slightly rattled at the onslaught of the now-confident Molina. Warned for holding onto the ropes, Lundy returned to the position, this time hands up, as Molina began to tee off, prompting referee Ricky Gonzales to step in and call a halt to the action at 2:17 of round eleven. Lundy complained bitterly after the fight, stating that he was fully aware of the situation, blocking punches and looking for counter punching opportunities.
Molina’s promoter Craig Goossen of Goossen-Tutor was delighted with the win, and his fighter’s determination to not give up in a difficult fight.
At the time of the stoppage, Lundy was ahead 98-91, 98-91, and 97-92 on the official score cards.
BIOSSE TOPS MCCREEDY
In the opening bout of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights telecast, Vladine Biosse, 7-0 (5) of Providence, RI outworked and outslugged the more experienced “Irish” Joe McCreedy, 11-5-2 (4) of Lowell, MA for McCreedy’s New England super middleweight title. McCreedy had to be content with landing an occasional counter right hand against the southpaw Biosse, who was able to take over the fight after the third round, outworking McCreedy who seemed unable to find the range to land anything significant. Biosse showed good combination punching and solid defense, taking the unanimous decision by scores of 79-73 twice, 78-74.
Off TV results:
Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes, 3-1 (1) MD-6 Kali Reis 2-1
Eric Estrada 1-0 (1) KO-1 Keon Graham 2-3
Diego Pereira, 5-0 (2) UD-4 Ricardo Calazada, 2-2 (1)
Dustin Reinhold, 2-1 (1) TKO-1 Joel Nieves, 0-3
Joe Gardner 5-1-1 (1) MD-4 Demarcus Clark 1-3
Keith Kozlin, 6-1 (5) TKO-3 Eric Pinaretta, 2-4