Report and photos by Bob Ryder
Masedonia “Nune” Molina prevailed in a thrilling brawl Friday night at downtown Toledo’s Grand Plaza Hotel by stopping Monroe, Michigan’s Wade Tolle, Jr. Both middleweights came in undefeated at 5-0 and with vocal cheering sections although the local Molina had the majority of the nearly sold out house clearly behind him. It was all out punching right from the first bell as Tolle charged out and nailed and rocked Molina. Staggered but still alert, Nune fired back as both men engaged in the first of many punch for punch exchanges. With the crowd on their feet as they would be for the remainder of the fight, Molina came on and hurt Wade along the ropes as a wild opening round came to a close. Nune went back to his corner cut over his right eye but it was Tolle who appeared to need the between rounds rest more. The second round began right where the first left off as they went back to work with Tolle getting the better of the early action. Mid way through however, Molina started to land his overhand right with power, clearly rocking Tolle. As they banged away near the end of the round, Nune landed a huge counter right hand that sent Tolle to the canvas hard. Visibly hurt and dazed Wade somehow managed to stagger to his feet before the ten count. Referee Frank Garza wisely waved it off at 2:59 of the round bringing to a close one of the most exciting fights in these parts in years. A ferocious six minutes of all out war. With the frenzied crowd chanting “Nune!, Nune!, Nune!” Molina dropped to his knees in exhaustion and thanks after recording his sixth KO in as many fights.
In the evening’s semi main event heavyweight Jordan Shimmel from Hudsonville, MI remained unbeaten at (7-0, 6 KOs) as he was extended the distance for the first time in winning a six round unanimous decision over Hannibal, MO’s Lance Gauch (3-6-1, 3 KOs). When Gauch first entered the ring it looked like we would have what this photographer calls a “snap fast” fight as in “snap those pictures fast this one isn’t going long”. Despite his appearance, Gauch would display toughness with just a hint of danger to make Shimmel work hard. Using his weight advantage Gauch would crowd and tie up Shimmel and then fire a wild shot coming out of close quarters. Shimmel remained focused and unfazed as he stuck to his game plan. Round after round Shimmel raked the body of Gauch with hard shots whose “splat” sounds resonated through the ballroom. The last two rounds saw Gauch looking to survive and he succeeded although his ribs showed obvious damage from Shimmel’s attack. Former amateur standout Shimmel stays on his old school pace as a pro as this was in 7th fight since June of this year with another fight already lined up in mid January of 2013.
The rest of the promoter’s AVJ Events (Marty McManus with Fred Vallejo as matchmaker) card was solid as well. Super welterweight Adrian Wilson of Toledo banged out a UD4 over George Martin, also of Toledo. A hard knockdown scored by Wilson in the third round provided him with the margin of victory in the scoring. Wilson now (3-1, 2 KOs), Martin drops to (1-1).
Toledo heavyweight Tim Washington, now being trained by former champ Buster Douglas, broke into the win column with a TKO 3 at 2:20 over a pro debuting Alen Basic. Washington landed hard body shots in the second stanza that hurt Alen and continued with the same in the third round in dropping Basic three times for his first win after two previous setbacks.
Super welter Mitchell Molina won his pro debut with a UD4 over Anthony Kelly (0-5). In the night’s opening contest featherweights Micah Branch of Cincinnati and Rafael Gramajo of Ann Arbor, MI fought to a majority draw over 4 rounds with Gramajo getting the one judge’s nod at 39-37, the other two scores at 38-38. Gramajo now (1-1-1, 1 KO) and Branch (1-3-1, 0 KOs).