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Klimov Edges by Molina on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights

by on Jun.10, 2013, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

Photos by Mike Blair

 

Klimov, at right, fires the right up the middle at Molina

Klimov, at right, fires the right up the middle at Molina (photo by Mike Blair)

As is the nature in boxing, for the championship hopes of one fighter to be elevated, most often the hopes of another must be stifled. Such was the case last Friday night at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington as undefeated Andrey Klimov defeated the resurging John Molina Jr. via a close ten round majority decision, placing himself in line for a title shot while slowing the progress of the once highly tauted Molina.

In the headline bout of the ESPN Friday Night Fights televised card, Klimovsk, Russia’s Klimov (16-0 8KO’s 137.5 lbs.), and Covina, California’s Molina (25-3 20KO’s 137.5 lbs.) delivered a closely fought, back and forth fight, with both combatants having their moments. Early on in the bout it was Klimov’s jab and quick lateral movement that dictated the pace of the fight. For the first three rounds Klimov moved in and out of the pocket and fired off hard right hands to the chin, tying his opponent up when he got to close. Molina pressed forward, but seemed confused as to how to shorten the gap and stay close enough to do damage. (continue reading…)

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