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When TopRank announced that its star fighter of the future Terrance Crawford 30-0 (21KO’s) would square off against John Molina Jr. 29-7 (23KO’s) a groan and grumble ran through the inner circles of pugilistic media. Those groans were validated tonight as the prophecy of every boxing social media outlet came true when Bud Crawford predictably dominated every minute of every round against a game but very limited John Molina Jr.
Crawford respected the threat of Molina’s power and boxed, switching from orthodox to southpaw stance until finally referee Mark Nelson jumped in to save Molina at 2:32 of the eighth round. Molina couldn’t get to Crawford landing only 41 of 287 punches compared to 184 of 419 for Crawford.
Crawford can sellout arenas in Nebraska any day of the week but could barely fill the bottom level of the curtained off MGM in July when he defeated Viktor Postol. Top Rank is going to need to make a decision on whether they believe Manny Pacquiao is still a viable option for future fights or, if its time to make a fight between the Filipino legend and Crawford as a torch passing moment. After the fight Crawford said “Of course, I’d love to fight Pacquiao” “I want anybody with a title”.
Raymundo Beltran KO’s Mason Menard in 7
Raymundo Beltran 31-7-1(20KO’s) stalked Menard 32-2(24KO’s) and patiently bided his time to drop him at 2:09 in the seventh round, Menard wouldn’t recover crediting Beltran with a seventh round KO. Beltran has now won three straight since being suspended a year for testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol in May of 2015.
Following the fight Beltran said “It’s important to prove that I have natural punching power” an indication he is aware of his public image after the positive test.