ESPN’s Friday Night Fights opened their new season with a crossroads battle between lightweights John Molina (25-2, 20 KOs) and Dannie Williams (22-3, 18 KOs).
Molina, a native of Covina, California, ended things dramatically when his powerful right landed on the temple of Williams in round four.
The time was 2:16. The venue was the Pueblo Pavilion in Sante Fe, Mexico.
In round one, Molina, 30, tried to jab. Williams, shorter by a good three inches, connected with his own jab. Molina, who was stopped in a championship bid in his last outing by Antonio DeMarco, landed a good right at the bell.
Molina pressed Williams in round two. Williams,28, landed a hard right in the middle of the round. That same punched landed two more times during the three minutes. Molina connected with a one two that backed up Williams.
Williams came out throwing lead right hands in the third round. After an accidental head butt, Molina landed a hard left hook that buckled the knees of Williams.
In round four, Williams tried to box and stay away. He connected with a combination. Molina moved forward with confidence. As Williams backed to the ropes, Molina threw a light jab followed by a thudding right that landed on the left temple of Williams sending the St. Louis native sprawling to the canvas.
Williams was unable to haul himself up before the count of 10.
"I went out and landed the right hand,” said Molina after the fight. “I feel real good with my new trainer Robert Garcia.”