Tonight in Carson, California and live on Showtime; boxing fans were treated to the likely fight of the year. Lucas “Matin” Matthysse rose twice from the canvas to batter and stop the game John Molina in the eleventh round. Molina started the fight off very strong dropping Matthysse hard with a right hand in the second round. Matthysse began to rally back as he won the fourth round and was winning the fifth until he was once again dropped by a Molina right hand.
Matthysse was woken up following a clash of heads in round three which opened a bad cut over his left eye. During the middle round Matthysse began to wear Molina down. Molina fought valiantly for the remainder of the fight, but was clearly being beaten up. In the tenth round Matthysse unleashed a hellacious combination while Molina was on the ropes and dropped him hard. Molina was foolishly allowed to come out for the eleventh round and he paid the price. Matthysse swarmed him and finished him only a few seconds into the round.
Also on the card, WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa received a very undeserved split decision over his longtime rival Jerry Belmontes. Belmontes controlled the fight with his jab and head movement only to be robbed on two of the judges scorecards.
In the main event, Keith “One Time” Thurman received a disappointing stoppage victory over Julio Diaz. Thurman looked great in the fight forcing Diaz to take a knee in the second round. Business began to pick up in round three as both men started to let their hands go. Unfortunately for the fans, Diaz suffered an apparent rib injury and was unable to answer the bell for the fourth round.
From here, both Thurman and Matthysse look poised to challenge for a title in their next fights. The only question will be, are there any fighters who will be willing to face them?