Carlos Molina (17-2-1 7KO’s) and Mercito Gesta (28-1-2 16KO’s) fought to a draw this evening with scores of 98-92 Molina, 96-94 Gesta, and 95-95.
In a raucous fight that had the crowd at Fantasy Springs Casino on its feet, Molina and Gesta put on a sensational show that featured good back and forth action throughout the ten rounds.
Molina boxed well and countered Gesta at almost every opportunity, whilst Gesta flashed good hand speed and power that would rock Molina’s head back on numerous occassions.
Back and forth action ensued throughout the fight, as both fighters would take turns holding the momentum of each round. In a match-up that bled action all the way through, the scoring of a draw was fitting as each fighter fought ferociously and never slowed or let their side of the action wane.
Neither fighter is necessarily up for a title shot next, so Golden Boy may treat the fans to a rematch.
The under card action saw Rafael Gramajo (3-1 2KO’s), fighting out of the ‘Westside Boxing Club’ in Los Angeles, score a first round knock out in only his fourth fight, against Luis Cosme (8-7-1 3KO’s). Gramajo who has a crowd pleasing style, didn’t get the opportunity to showcase his improving skills, but will undoubtedly feature on another under card soon.
Jeffrey Fontanez (15-1 12KO’s) made quick work of Jose Hernandez (15-10-1 7KO’s), scoring a knock out in the first round of an uncompetitive fight. Golden Boy should look to put Fontanez back in the ring soon after this evening, and capitalise on his current form.
Irish phenom Jason Quigley (6-0 6KO’s) scored a sensational second round knock out over Joshua Snyder (9-12-1 3KO’s), landing a hard left-right-hand combination to drop Snyder to the canvas; referee Lou Moret immediately jumped on Snyder and called a halt to the action. Quigley, who has a crowd pleasing style and power, has looked good fighting to a busy schedule, in which the Irishman has appeared in the ring nearly every three weeks since his pro career began.
Yamaguchi Falcao (6-0 2KO’s) won a close decision in only his sixth fight as a pro, beating Gerardo “Tin Tin” Ibarra (14-3 8KO’s) over eight rounds.
Falcao, again was in a tough fight and visibly slowed down in the second half of the contest – reminisent of his last outing, only 28 days ago. Golden Boy may be moving the former Olympian along a little fast and could look to benefit from additional conditioning work to supplement his undoubted skill in the ring.
Ruslan Madiyev (4-0 2KO’s) gained some valuable rounds against a game Christian Santibane (3-4 2KO’s) this evening. In the opening bout of a stacked card, Madiyev scored a third round technical knock out, to the delight of world renowned head coach Abel Sanchez. Madiyev, fighting out of ‘The Summit Gym’ in Big Bear, California, looked good in just his fourth professional outing, showing patience, as he timed overhand rights over the slow jab of Santibane, to rock him hard in the third round. A flurry of smothering punches was to put an end to the contest, as referee Lou Moret had finally seen enough, and called a halt to the action at 2:14 of the very same round.