Javier Molina Outpoints Jessie Roman
June 2, 2018
Anthony Saldana (70 articles)
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Javier Molina Outpoints Jessie Roman

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Friday Night at an electric Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions brought fight fans another episode of the LA Fight Club. Headlining the card were two Southern California fan favorites as Norwalk’s Javier “El Intocable” Molina (18-2, 8 KO’s) went toe to toe with Santa Ana’s Jessie Roman (22-4, 11 KO’s). From the opening bell the chants of “Molina Molina” rang through packed house as Molina landed his jab early and use his size to over power and pick apart Roman. Molina who last fought in January of 2016, used good ring generalship and never showed much ring rust as his effective aggression and solid offense proved to be too much for his local rival Roman, and after eight solid rounds of boxing all three judges returned with the identical scores of 79-73 in favor of Molina. After the fight Molina stated “I felt I fought really well, I got some ring rust off against a good opponent. I was off for two and a half years, so I’m happy to finally be back in the ring. This was something I needed. It’s my first fight at 140 pounds and I felt the difference. I feel great. I need to talk to my team now and see what’s next, but I want to stay busy.”

In the co-main event of the night and the fight that stole the show Westside Boxing’s Rafael “El Alikin” Gramajo (10-1-2, 2 KO’s) who was originally scheduled to fight undefeated prospect Pablo “The Shark” Rubio scored a tough six-round unanimous decision victory over Victor Ruiz (21-8, 14 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico in an action-packed super bantamweight battle. Gramajo came out firing but the game Ruiz stood in the pocket and traded punches with his opponent bringing the fans to their feet in the early rounds. Then in the third Ruiz began to change the momentum of the fight hurting Gramajo and busting open his nose with a fierce attack. Ruiz seemed to be in control and doing enough to win the fight, but during a heavy exchange in the seventh round, Ruiz was caught with a left hook that left him on the canvas. Ruiz beat the count but stayed one step behind Gramajo in the eight round and after the final bell the judges returned with the scores of 78-73, and 76-75 (twice) all in favor of Gramajo. “There are a few things I could have done better in this fight,” said Rafael Gramajo. “We need to go back to the gym to work on some things. I’m happy I got the victory tonight, but I have to stay busier in the ring. I’ll be back as soon as possible.”

Joshua “The Professor” Franco (14-1, 7 KO’s) of San Antonio, Texas opened the EstrellaTV broadcast by defeating Mexican warrior Isao Carranza (15-12-1, 9 KO’s) via fifth-round technical knockout of a scheduled six-round bantamweight fight.  Franco dismantled Carranza little by little with his excellent combination of aggression and technique, forcing Carranza’s corner to stop the fight at 1:36 of the fifth round. “This victory means everything after my last setback,” said Joshua Franco. “I came better prepared than ever before, and my loss showed me that I have to keep coming back stronger and stronger. I want the rematch with Lucas Leone.”

Also on the card Joey Alday Jr. (8-0, 7 KO’s) of Odessa, Texas scored a four-round unanimous decision victory against Nam Phan (3-6-1, 2 KO’s) of Garden Grove, California, in a middleweight bout. “The fight went as planned,” said Joey Alday Jr. “I knew that he was a UFC fighter, so that meant I had to be very busy. I also knew he’d have a good chin because of his record. The win felt great and I’ll have to talk to my team about what’s next.”

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