John Molina Upsets Ruslan Provodnikov at Turning Stone

John Molina Upsets Ruslan Provodnikov – VERONA, NY — John Molina turned in one of the best performances of his career on Saturday night scoring a surprising unanimous decision victory against Ruslan Provodnikov at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, New York. The score totals for the junior welterweight bout were 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113.

After a relatively slow paced first round, the action picked up in the second with some exciting exchanges. Molina was the busier fighter that round and controlled much of it keeping the fight at ring center away from the ropes. However, the hard charging Provodnikov had his moments when trapping Molina against the ropes where he landed clean power shots to the head and body.

The pattern of the second round became the pattern of the fight. Molina was the busier man and generally landed more but Provodnikov’s punches were harder and more eye catching. Molina’s activity carried the rounds, especially the close rounds, in the eyes of the judges.

Though the fight was fought at a good pace, it never turned into the all-out brawl many thought it would or that was being advertised. There was some blood as Provodnikov suffered a cut from an accidental head butt over the left eye in the 4th round. Though the eye worsened as the fight went forward, it did not seem to have much an impact on Provodnikov’s performance.

This was a much needed win for Molina (29-6, 23 KOs) who had lost three of his previous four entering the bout. He is now positioned to get another opportunity at a big fight at junior welterweight much like he was after his upset of Mickey Bey in 2013.

Meanwhile, the loss is a major setback for Provodnikov who was in the first fight of a new Showtime contract. The LA based Russian slumps to 25-5 (18).

In the co-feature, Demetrius Andrade, the pride of Providence, Rhode Island, stopped Cleveland’s Willie Nelson in the 12th round of a WBC super welterweight eliminator.

Andrade’s speed and skill were too much for Nelson from the opening bell. Andrade would drop Nelson in the first from a flush right hook to the head and go on to dominate almost every minute of every round.

The only trouble for Andrade came in the third when he was momentarily staggered from a clean uppercut. Andrade would recover quickly and rally back later in the round to thwart any momentum Nelson had seized.

In the eighth, Nelson lost his mouthpiece from another clean Andrade right hook and looked to be in trouble again.

Andrade would drop Nelson again in the 11th and then close the show in the 12th scoring another two knockdowns. Following the second  knockdown, the bout was waived off. Andrade improved to 23-0 with his 16th stoppage. Nelson falls to 25-3-1.

Dejan Zlaticanin opened the Showtime telecast with a destructive 3rd round TKO of late substitute Franklin Mamani to win the vacant WBC lightweight title.

Montenegro’s Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KOs) hurt Mamani early in round one with a left to the top of the head and completely outclassed the unknown Bolivian fighter throughout the fight. Another straight left to the head in the third rocked Mamani and later on a barrage of punches against the ropes on Mamani caused the fight to be stopped.

In a heavyweight fight, Andrey Fedosov advanced to 29-3 (24) with a 6th round technical knockout win against Mario Heredia. Fedosov scored four total knockdowns of the tough Heredia in a dominant performance that should open up more opportunities for Fedosov in the division in the future.

Super welterweight Willie Monroe scored two knockdowns against John Thompson on route to a ten round unanimous decision win in a tactical fight largely void of action.

Stivins Bujaj scored a first round TKO win against Sergio Ramirez in a cruiserweight bout. Ramirez was down twice with hard left hooks from Bujaj before the fight was stopped.

In a four round welterweight bout, Oscar Sarmiento won a unanimous decision against Jose Miguel De La Rosa. All three judges had Sarmiento winning 39-37.

To open the fight card, undefeated Miguel Trejo (5-0) scored a first round TKO against La’Torrie Woodberry in a welterweight contest.

John Molina Upsets Ruslan Provodnikov

Comment on this article

COMMENTS

-Shoulder Roll Defense :

ANYBODY with a chin and mild boxing ability can beat Ruslan. You are pretty limited when John Molina out boxes you. I am happy for Molina because this win will open up some more doors for him, but make no mistake, Molina is still very limited. On another note, Andrade beats everyone at 154. We all know that the kid has been inactive, but his talent and skills are undeniable. Not to get off topic, but Canelo is in a very tough predicament. Drop down a pound and fight the likes of Andrade and the Charlo brothers or commit to being a middleweight and fight GGG, Danny Jacobs, etc. It's called being between a rock and a hard place lol.


-Kid Blast :

Molina's trainer did a fantastic job getting him ready. We need to see more of him. “I have a new trainer, Shadeed Suluki, and we worked on some new things, which you saw tonight with the jab. I think the jab was always there. I just had to use it. I came into this feeling really strong and I knew I had to outwork Ruslan. I felt really good. I knew I won this fight. I knew I did well. I stuck to what we planned.”


-DaveB :

I hate watching such limited fighters. I should have watched HBO because it sounds like that fight was entertaining. I at least wish these guys had enough power to put the other one to sleep. I was bored throughout but still I did not change the channel thinking that something dramatic might happen. I wasted an hour of my life watching these two fight. Totally uninspiring. The only take away was that both guys seem like good, decent human beings but that still doesn't lead to a good fight.


-brownsugar :

I hate watching such limited fighters. I should have watched HBO because it sounds like that fight was entertaining. I at least wish these guys had enough power to put the other one to sleep. I was bored throughout but still I did not change the channel thinking that something dramatic might happen. I wasted an hour of my life watching these two fight. Totally uninspiring. The only take away was that both guys seem like good, decent human beings but that still doesn't lead to a good fight.
Lol...they were both good shows DaveB. Good post. I'm such a multiphasic boxing freak I watched Showtime and HBO at the same time. For the first time in a long time both programs were thrilling, memorable and wildly entertaining. Lomanchenko hoovered right in front of Martinez's nose, yet the talented veteran had a look on his face as if he was facing the Flash from the DC comics as Lomanchenko stung him repeatedly with double jabs, triple jabs and blistering combinations. Martinez was so clueless he didn't even start fighting back until the beginning of round 3. Lomanchenko's execution was as riviting as watching a prime Roy Jones or or a 140 lbs Mayweather dissecting Arturo Gatti....one of the most dynamic technical displays I have seen in a decade... Lomanchenko was having so much fun, his corner had to tell him during the break before the final round,. ..."quit being so fancy,.... no more side stepping......just go right to him and hit him as much as you can".....fight over. By the same token...the boxer who goes by the supercilious nickname "Boo Boo" (Demetrius Andrade) Showed a side of himself I haven't seen before. When I think of Andrade I think of a better than average former amateur standout who showed occasional flashes of brilliance but never looked consistent and frequently gassed in the second half of the fight( which led to several snoozer type wins ). Last night Andrade shown it all as he relentlessly stripped the sturdy and stubborn challenger Willy Nelson or every shredd of resistance enroute to a conclusive knock out finish in the 12th and final round. Andrade used a variety of shapes as he made himself small around the periphery of what we hardcore fans call "the pocket" while popping in frequently at extremely inconvenient angles (at least for Willy Nelson) to blast Nelson with assorted combo's targeting both sides of the head and body. Nelson shut down and regressed into survival mode.... hoping he could take Andrade into deep waters where Andrade usually slows down considerably. But to the amazement of anyone who has followed Andrade,. He never gassed, never slowed down and by the the time Nelson was ready to make a move, Nelson was too beat up to to be effective. A victim of his own low punch output as he was a victim of the repeated uppercuts Andrade spammed to his chin throughout the fight. "Gimme them Charlo boys".....I want any fighter if his name starts with a "C" and ends with an "O", Charlo, Canelo, Cotto, I want em' " Fabulous night of boxing, watched every fight twice.


-brownsugar :

Somehow the nickname "Boo Boo" no longer sounds wimpy to me.


-Radam G :

I hate watching such limited fighters. I should have watched HBO because it sounds like that fight was entertaining. I at least wish these guys had enough power to put the other one to sleep. I was bored throughout but still I did not change the channel thinking that something dramatic might happen. I wasted an hour of my life watching these two fight. Totally uninspiring. The only take away was that both guys seem like good, decent human beings but that still doesn't lead to a good fight.
One does not turn a Siberian Rocky into a Cali Desert Storm. Trainer Diaz has destroyed da smell in tSR by slowing him down and making him slip, slide and ride. TSR ain't got da funk for that. And you can drown him when he is doing dat syet as if he is caught up in an ocean tide. Dude is a type of junk-house dog pug. He must be up in your grill and crawling all over you as if he were a biting bug. Holla!


-The Good Doctor :

Somehow the nickname "Boo Boo" no longer sounds wimpy to me.
Might not, but I will be dang if I call another grown man "Boo Boo"


-brownsugar :

Might not, but I will be dang if I call another grown man "Boo Boo"
I know you are as serious as a heart attack Good Doc,. ...but I got a huge laugh from your comment,. Hilarious!...lol. Team Boo Boo seams to have embraced it as it was printed on their T-Shirts.


-DaveB :

@Brownsugar LOL I guess different people like different things. I just had one man's opinion. @Radam G I agree Provodnikov lost his hunger to bite and Joel Diaz had a lot to do with it.


-The Good Doctor :

Boxing can be a cruel game sometimes. Less than 3 years ago, we watched a little known guy take shots at Mike Alvarado's body that sounded like bass drums when they landed. Now, unless there is some serious retooling involved (which Ruslan may be at the point of beyond repair) he is destined to be Michael Katsidis


-stormcentre :

Gonna be hard for Provodnikov to stay relevant now. I think Diaz - if he tried to introduce some technique, fundamentals, and defence into Ruslan's repertoire - was theoretically/probably doing the right thing. Most competing at the top level already knew that Ruslan was pretty much a supercharged club fighter in terms of the technique (albeit crushing at times) he brought to the table. And that will only get you so far. You cant catch all the punches with your face. As it was there were quite a few Provodnikov fights that any new competitor could look to in order to see what game-plan was probably going to work best. It wasn't rocket science. That said, the introduction and integration of new skills into an already existing fighter set in his style is a delicate balance. Especially if those skills and techniques run counter-intuitively to that style;


A) He has already used to get him to where he is.
B) Which, also, has shown itself as being incapable of taking him any further on the championship scene.

In that case - if the fighter in question is to move forward - he must, at first, risk being more vulnerable in order to progress and become more dangerous. That risk is usually calculated and managed in various ways, including matchmaking. However, in this case, someone clearly got their math wrong as Molina still had something to give and he also knew what he was doing.
Storm. :) :) :)