JAMES BEATS MOLINA BENAVIDEZ NOTCHES ANOTHER KO

Albert Baker

Jamal James (19-0, 9KO’s) silenced a raucous Los Angeles crowd  winning a unanimous decision over Javier Molina (17-2, 8KO’s).

James picked up his most significant win and sets himself up as an intriguing welterweight prospect to watch. Molina came out aggressive in the early rounds landing the harder shots and getting inside on the taller James.

In the second half of the fight James got his jab and straight right hand going as Molina stopped cutting off the ring and started to follow the circling fighter from Burnsville Minnesota.

The scorecards were a bit wide but James did enough to keep himself in the win column as he rolled to victory on scores of 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93.

Following the fight James said “I thought when he first came out in the first couple rounds it was pretty close. He was making it a tough fight. As the fight went on, I got him to fight my fight. I kept him on the outside. I caught some bombs and combinations.”

Phoenix product David Benavidez (12-0, 11KO’s) blew out Kevin Cobb (10-2, 4KO’s) in the second round.

Benavidez, the younger brother of WBA interim welterweight champion Jose Benavidez Jr., had his way with Cobb, landing big shots and battering him around the ring. Benavidez rocked Cobb in the second and had him out on his feet prompting referee Raul Caiz Jr. to call a halt to the action.

After the fight Benavidez said, “I knew I was going to get my opponent out that fast. I saw him fight. He doesn’t have that many skills .He was running a lot in the first round and that’s why I didn’t get him out there sooner. As soon as I got my hands…goodnight.”


Benavidez improves with the victory and came in light at 170.2lbs, a sign of his stated willingness to go all the way down to 160.

Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (12-0, 9KO’s) dominated Spains Adasat Rodriguez (11-4-2, 7KO’s) before stopping him in the sixth round of an uneventful fight.

Plant controlled the action until landing a hard right hand that sent Rodriguez reeling, prompting the referee to stop the fight.

In an exciting back and forth battle Malcolm McAllister (7-0, 7KO’s) of Long Beach, California stopped Tyrone Selders (9-7-1, 6KO’s).

McAllister rocked Selders in the first making his glove touch the canvas prompting referee Zack Young to correctly rule it a knockdown.

Selders would regain his bearings to fire back at a slowing Mcallister only to have the wheels come off at the behest of a big right hand. McAllister fired a flurry of punches on a Selders that was out on his feet to force the referee to stop the fight.

“I’m a fighter. I come to fight. I don’t care where it is, we come to fight. It’s a great opportunity. Being on TV is a bonus”, said Mcallister who packed the local audience.

Thomas Velasquez of Philadelphia (4-0, 2KO’s) stopped James De Herrera (3-4, 3KO’s) in the fourth round to remain unbeaten. Velasquez came out aggressive and dropped De Herrera with a big right hand. Velasquez beat the count but the end was nigh on his evening as Velasquez went in for the kill. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. waived the fight after a flurry sent De Herrera reeling to bring a halt to the action.

Irish heavyweight Con Sheehan (1-0, 0KO’s) won his pro debut against Jonathan Rice (2-1-1, 2KO’s)  by unanimous decision. Sheehan isn’t a big heavyweight but he has some good fundamentals as he soundly out-boxed the massive Rice to win on scores of 39-37 and 40-36 twice.

Los Angeles product Ronald Mixon (6-0, 4KO’s) rolled to another win over Mexican Christian Solorzano (3-7, 2KO’s). Mixon was in another class than Solorazano, dropping him in the first with a hard one two.

Uzbekistan native Sanjarek Rankmanov (4-0, 3KO’s) stopped Jose Miguel Castro (5-7, 3KO’s) in the fourth round. Rankmanov looked impressive, dropping Castro in the third with a hard left hook to the body.

Castro would survive but not for long as Rankmanov was a buzz saw. After taking more punishment the doctor climbed on the apron to alert referee Sharon Sands to call the fight.

Opening the evening’s action, Aaron Alameda (12-0, 7KO’s) of Sonora Mexico stopped Andre Wilson (14-11-1, 12 KO’s) in the sixth round with a nice one two combination.

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