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Carlos Molina (17-2-2, 17 KOs) let Mercito Gesta (28-1-1, 16 KOs) know very early on that he would not be fucking around.
As Gesta moved in to touch gloves at the start of the fight, Molina nailed him with a left hook, and we were off. The main event of what turned out to be a night of nasty knockouts lived up to the hype, as both fighters gave fine performances in what was scored a draw.
Molina started out well, landing hard left hooks and keeping Gesta on the defensive as the Filipino fighter switched from orthodox to southpaw in an attempt to find his groove. He was largely ineffective for the first couple of rounds, and Molina wobbled him with a nice left hook toward the end of the second.
Then in round three, Gesta came out as a lefty and pretty much stayed that way for the rest of the fight. He upped the offense by landing jabs and flurrying whenever Molina leaned into him. Molina inexplicably stepped off the gas in the middle rounds, and it allowed Gesta to get some solid work in while seemingly taking control of the fight.
But to his credit, Molina dug deep in the final two rounds and landed the cleaner, more effective shots. The 10th and final round was a gunfight, with Gesta landing combinations and Molina landing hard hooks and straight right hands.
The judges had it scored 98-92 for Molina (which was shit), 96-94 Gesta, and 95-95. The draw was fair, because both guys did some solid work in there. RBR Boxing had it 96-94 for Molina.
In the earlier bouts, Irishman Jason Quigley played Headzo with Joshua “What’s Wrong With My Ears?” Snyder, landing about 1300 punches in the first round before sending him to Snoozeville in the second. More of Quigley, stat.
West Side Boxing’s own Rafael Gramajo got the crowd going by beating the piss out of Luis Cosme, stopping him in the first round. Gramajo looked excellent and didn’t break a sweat.
Overall it was a fun card from Golden Boy, one in which referees Pat Russell and Lou Moret either made excellent stoppages, or were barely needed. Lets hope it wasn’t a fluke.