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Molina pulls off upset of Provodnikov

Molina Provodnikov

When two brawlers who have a defense by offense strategy step in the ring, it makes for a very entertaining fight and after a 12-round brawl, former title contender John Molina earned a unanimous decision victory over former titleholder Ruslan Providnikov in a slight upset.

Had Provodnikov won the fight he likely would have gone on to fight the winner of the upcoming Terrance Crawford – Victor Postol fight, which is properly being billed as a fight between the No. 1 and No. 2 light welterweights in the world, but Molina stuck with a strong job to keep space and out-boxed him in a technical manner to earn the victory at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY on Saturday night’s main event of Premier Boxing Champions.

In his first fight with new trainer Shadeed Suluki, Molina was much more active than Provodnikov, landing 377 of 1,092 punches while Providnikov landed 283 of 705 punches.

It did not take long for the fight to get heated.

The first round was the typical feel-out round, but that was the only one of those. In the second round both fights came out firing. The different though was that Molin continues to throw and land his jab, which kept Providnikov bouncing back and attempting to find spots to move in before being sent back when he got hit with another.

The former champion couldn’t stay in and slug with his opponent like he usually does to take advantage of his big power in the junior welterweight division, which helped Molina stay relatively fresh throughout the fight where opponents typically would have been beaten down and taken out later in the fight.

Instead, Molina picked things up even more and clinically out-boxed Provodnikov in the final rounds as he was the one wearing down.

Molina earned his second-straight victory since dropping three-straight to Lucas Mattysse, Humberto Soto and Adrien Broner from April 2014 to March 2015. Provodnikov dropped his fourth fight in seven outings with all of his losses in that span coming to bigger-named opponents (Tim Bradley Jr, Matthysse and now Molina). Providnikov will likely have to rebound with a victory over a top 10 opponent before getting another shot at the title. Molina will likely get in a title eliminator after this victory for the opportunity to fight for the title.

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