Unbeaten universe champion Terence “Bud” Crawford stopped John Molina in a eighth turn to finish a winning opening and a winning year. Crawford defended his WBO and WBC youth welterweight titles. Molina didn’t make a 140-pound weight Friday, and had Crawford been upset, a titles would have been vacated.
Backed by a hometown throng of 11,270 during CenturyLink Center, Crawford was fighting for a third time this year and initial given his unilateral win over former WBC champ Viktor Postol in Las Vegas final summer. In a quarrel before that, he knocked out Hank Lundy in New York. Now Crawford is staid to be named warrior of a year for a second time in 3 years.
“I consider we should get a lot of credit for what we did this year, generally tonight,” Crawford said. “I showed we could be a finisher.”
Crawford was in control all a approach and finished off Molina moments after Molina lifted his hands as if to ask for some-more as a champion landed a flurry of punches. A shot to a midsection corroborated Molina into a neutral corner, and Crawford afterwards unloaded steady shots to a conduct and body, causing Molina to go down. Referee Mark Nelson stepped in to stop a quarrel during a 2:32 mark.
“He fought a ruin of a quarrel tonight, and he came out on top,” Molina said. “Omaha’s a good quarrel town, and we appreciated entrance here.”
The 29-year-old Crawford (30-0, 21 knockouts) came out in an approved position though fast switched to southpaw. Molina was on invulnerability early, with Crawford alighting a left to a conduct and afterwards a right that staggered him. Molina walked into a right to a conduct in a second. Crawford went mostly untouched, though Molina did land a tough right to a conduct in a third. From there Crawford churned in his poke while joining mostly with punches to a conduct and body.
“It’s cold to have somebody come true brazen and be an easy target, though we still have to stay focused,” Crawford said. “I strike him with everything. We were prepared for him. we consider we showed that today.” Crawford continues to reason out wish that he gets a shot during Manny Pacquiao before Pacquiao retires.
“Yeah, I’d like to quarrel him. I’m not chasing him,” Crawford said. “We’re prepared to quarrel anybody. Our promoters collect a fight. We sight and go fight.” The 33-year-old Molina (29-7, 23 knockouts) dissapoint Ruslan Provodnikov in his final quarrel though had been only 5-5 in his prior 10. The quarrel opposite Crawford mislaid most of a dash when Molina weighed in during 143.4 pounds on Friday, disqualifying him from winning a titles.
In a co-main event, former universe pretension contender Ray Beltran knocked out Mason Menard 51 seconds into a seventh turn to win a span of informal lightweight titles. Beltran (32-7-1, 20 knockouts) began reporting himself after a second round. Beltran left Menard (32-2, 24 knockouts) woozy with a flurry during a finish of a sixth. His left to a right impertinence laid out Menard, and Nelson stopped a fight.
Menard, who had won 30 true fights, stepped in for a harmed Juan Diaz on a card. Beltran had won twice given interlude Takahiro Ao in May 2015, though that quarrel was altered to a no-decision after he unsuccessful a post-fight drug test.