Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California– It was hardly a night of surprises at the Los Angeles Sports Arena Saturday night as headliner, Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KOs) beat up on lightweight import, Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KOs) over the course of ten one-sided rounds until referee Jack Reiss had seen enough.
Overmatched and undersized, the light-hitting Molina took his whupping like a man and tried, gamely, to hit the soft spot on Khan’s still very vulnerable chin. But the effort was too much to ask of the 27-year-old hometown fighter, who aside from being too small, also suffered from a huge disparity in talent when compared to the former two-belt world champ.
Khan showed off all the things that have made him the star he is– fast hands and outstanding athleticism– while still displaying the vulnerabilities that have kept him from becoming a true, dominant force. Khan, even under new trainer, Virgil Hunter, is still easy to hit and stiff in his ability to adapt. Given some time this may change, but probably not. Chances are greater that the other junior welterweights will adapt to his vulnerabilities before Khan makes them go away.
On the undercard–
Deontay Wilder (26-0, 26 KOs) walloped tentative and categorically awful, Kelvin Price (13-1-1, 6 KOs) en route to a third round TKO.
Alfredo Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) looked slow-footed and clumsy against 20-year-old Jorge Silva (19-3-2, 15 KOs), taking a unanimous ten round decision, but failing to impress. Scores were: 97-93 all around.
Welterweight prospect, Shawn Porter (20-0-1, 14 KOs) fought to a ten round draw with the fossilized remains of Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KOs). Scores were: 96-94, 94-96, 95-95.