By Rocco Morales and Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Former world champion Amir “King” Khan (27-3, 19KO) got back on the winning track with a tenth round TKO victory over game, but outgunned, Carlos Molina (17-1, 7KO) on Saturday night at the legendary Los Angeles Sports Arena. Molina was cut early in the bout but did not seem to let the cut bother him. What did bother Molina, however, was the blinding handspeed of Khan. Khan, fighting for the first time in his last nine bouts without a world title on the line, came into enemy territory, Molina’s hometown Los Angeles, and fought not only with little fanfare but with a hostile crowd against him. Molina was never seriously hurt by any one punch but rather it was an accumulation of punches and the cut that seemed to lead to the stoppage by the referee at the suggestion of Molina’s own corner. Time of the stoppage was 3:00 of the tenth round. With the victory, Khan wins the vacant WBC Silver super lightweight title and gets back into title contention.
In a battle of 6’7″ undefeated heavyweights, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (26-0, 26KO) kept his perfect record and knockout streak alive with a devastating third round stoppage over previously undefeated Kelvin Price (13-1, 6KO). Wilder, a 2008 bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympics, patiently stalked Price for the first two rounds and seemed to mildly hurt Price prior to landing a crushing one punch overhand right cross that sent Price sprawling to the canvas. Price attempted to get up but then tumbled over prompting the referee to wave off the bout. Time of the stoppage was 0:51 of the third round.
Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-2, 19KO) continued his climb back up the ranks with a much harder than expected unanimous decision victory over 20 year old Jorge “Pantera” Silva (18-3-2, 14KO) in a crowd pleasing slugfest. Silva had a very good opening round and was able to outslug Angulo, only for Angulo to bounce back strongly in the second round and third rounds. Silva rebounded nicely in the fourth and fifth rounds to land many hard shots of his own, mainly an overhand right cross that found the mark again and again. Angulo was able to finish strongly down the stretch despite Silva never backing down. All three judges saw it the same way and scored the bout 97-93 in favor of Angulo.
In a lackluster scheduled 6 round middleweight bout, Chris Pearson (7-0, 6KO) kept his record unblemished with a TKO victory over Yusmani Abreu (3-6-1). Pearson wore down the in-over-his-head Abreu and after the end of the fifth round, at the advice of the ringside doctor, the referee mercifully called an end to the bout, although it was at least as merciful for those watching the bout as it was for Abreu.
In a very competitive 10 round welterweight fight, Shawn Porter (20-0-1, 14KO) escaped with an unpopular draw against former IBF lightweight champion, Julio “The Kid” Diaz (40-7-1, 29KO). It was an action packed fight with Diaz often in hot pursuit of the 25-year-old Porter who often resembled Shane Mosley in the ring. The only problem was he resembled a 35 year old Mosley rather than Mosley in his prime. Porter tried his best to use his speed and footwork but the former champion was still able to land the harder and more damaging appearing punches. Judges scored the bout 96-94 (Porter), 94-96 (Diaz) and 95-95.
Frankie “The Pitbull” Gomez (14-0, 11KO) made short work of veteran Pavel Miranda (19-9-1, 10KO) knocking him down hard with an overhand right from long range. Miranda struggled to his feet but seemed in no condition to continue prompting the referee to call an end to the bout at just 0:48 of the first round of a scheduled eight round welterweight bout. Following an 11 month layoff, Gomez is ending 2012 on a strong note with two early knockouts over two respectable veteran fighters in the last six week span.
Hugo Centeno (17-0, 9KO) was the TKO winner over game Allen Conyers (12-8, 9KO) in a scheduled eight round junior middleweight bout when Conyers failed to come out for the seventh round. Centeno got off to a quick start, dropping Conyers midway through the first round with a hard left hook but Conyers rose and was battered for the next couple rounds. To Conyers credit, he fought back well for a few rounds and landed a few good shots but, ultimately, Centeno was too strong. Time of the stoppage was 3:00 of the sixth round.
In a scheduled four round junior lightweight contest, Jerren Cochran (7-0, 3KO) won a unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Chris Lopez (5-0, 2KO). Lopez did his best to apply pressure but Cochran was in command the entire way. Judges scored the bout 40-36, 39-37 and 39-37, all in favor of Cochran.
2012 U.S. Olympian, Marcus Browne Jr. (1-0, 1KO) made a successful debut over unwilling opponent Riche Cherry (3-6, 1KO) with a first round knockout. Time of the stoppage was 2:59. In total, Cherry hit the deck six times in less than three minutes, once from a supposed headbutt, twice from rabbit punches–one of which cost Browne Jr. a point deduction from the referee and three more times from legitimate knockdowns, including a body shot at the end of the round to prompt the stoppage.
Former two time U.S. amateur champion and 2012 Olympian, Joseph Diaz, Jr. (1-0) mae a successful pro debut by outboxing Vicente Alfaro (6-2, 1KO) and winning a unanimous decision in a scheduled four round junior featherweight bout. The southpaw Diaz was in command the entire way and knocked down Alfaro in the fourth round from a punch that Alfaro claimed was a low blow but that was ruled a knockdown by the referee. Alfaro, who had been stopped by two out three of his previous opponents opponents, was able to extend Diaz to the distance but was never really in the fight. The ringside judges scored it 40-35 on all three cards.