The Demarco - Molina fight could steal the show September 8
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 14, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
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John Molina
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing. The September 8 bout between super middleweight champion Andre Ward and light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson carries the moniker, "World Champions - Made in America."

The co-feature fight between WBC lightweight titlist Antonio Demarco (27-2-1, 20 KOs) and bomber John Molina (24-1, 19 KOs) has the potential to steal the show. Demarco and Molina are both as tough as two tiger sharks. They posses the will, character, and talent to turn certain defeat into victory.

In 2010, Molina, 29, from Covina, Ca. fought undefeated Hank Lundy for the WBO and NABO title. Lundy outboxed the aggressive Molina with ease, building an insurmountable lead on the judges scorecards. Molina refused to quit. He knocked Lundy down in the 8th round, but couldn’t finish him. In round 11, Molina landed a barrage of unanswered punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. The victory was the most important of Molina’s young career.

Last October, Demarco, 26, battled Jorge Linares for the vacant WBC lightweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Linares, a friend of Manny Pacquiao, was expected to prevail easily over the limited (most thought) Demarco. The fight went according to the script in the early rounds, as Linares snapped Demarco’s head back with sharp combinations. Demarco continued to battle. Entering the 11th round he went searching for a knock out. Linares was bleeding from various cuts, but still had plenty of fight left in him. Demarco though, had more. He forced the action, battering Linares from pillar to post. The bout was finally stopped with 28 seconds left in the round.

With both fighters naturally aggressive, many pundits foresee a brawl commencing at the opening bell.

“This will be a war for as long as it lasts,” said co-promoter Dan Goossen. “It will be exciting and a great fight.”

At a recent press conference, the two combatants showed mutual respect and confidence.

“I’m not coming to just fight. I’m coming to win,“ said Molina.” He has what I want and that is that title. I’m on that seek and destroy mission. Afterwards, we can go out to dinner.”

DeMarco will be defending his title for the second time on September 8. He knocked out Miguel Roman in the fifth round on March 17th.

“I respect Molina a lot. Outside of the ring, we have the same profession,” Demarco said. I have a great hunger to retain my title. We will both fight, but the real winners will be the fans. There will not be a loser that night.”


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