Deontay Wilder vs Eric Molina

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Deontay Wilder vs Eric Molina
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Date: 
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Location: 
Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
Unlimited
Titles at Stake: 
WBC Heavyweight World Title (Wilder's 1st defence)
Referee: 
Jack Reiss

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For WBC World Heavyweight title. First heavyweight title fight held in the state of Alabama, native to Evander Holyfield (who was in attendance), Earnie Shavers and Joe Louis. Molina sought to become the first Mexican-American World Heavyweight champion in history.

The 6'7" inch Wilder got tested by the 50 to 1 odds underdog Molina. Wilder dominated, knocking down Molina near the end of round four, twice in the fifth, and knocking him out on his back in the ninth round.

To his credit, Molina gave a courageous accounting of himself and the best performance of his career. Molina had no answer, though, for Wilder's power shots, which caused maximum damage when they landed. Wilder boxed patiently for several more rounds waiting for the right moment, and upon finding it landed a right hand coup de grace, sending Molina down and out on his back for the full count, and the bout was over.

Wilder had respect for Molina after the bout, stating "I was really surprised he kept coming and hanging in there. A lot of people said he wouldn't even be around, he wouldn't last. There were a lot of doubters, but he showed a lot of heart, and I needed that kind of guy to fight here in Alabama."

Molina attempted to join Bernard Hopkins, Mike Weaver and others who lost their pro debuts, but went on to win a world title.




Fan Cards: Deontay Wilder vs Eric Molina


scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
79
ERIC MOLINA
9
9
9
8
7
10
9
9
70


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
78
ERIC MOLINA
9
9
10
8
7
9
9
10
71


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
78
ERIC MOLINA
9
9
10
8
7
9
9
10
71


scorecard by CHAMPION58
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
78
ERIC MOLINA
9
9
10
8
7
9
9
10
71


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
DEONTAY WILDER
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
78
ERIC MOLINA
9
9
10
8
7
9
9
10
71


Comments

Champion97's picture

Decent performance from Deontay Wilder, he had shaky moments, he looked like he was a little bit sloppy at times, maybe tactically, he lacks the motivation sometimes because he knows how dangerous he can be, he did get hurt in round 3, but he didn't take many clean shots in the follow up from Molina. Wilder's timing, precision was just awesome even in this fight, which wasn't his best, it wasn't a great performance by his standards, and that knockdown in round 4, just as Nick Halling and Jim Watt were talking rubbish about him, bang!, every knockdown was just class from Wilder, in rounds 4 and 5, when he was really putting a lot into the shots, most heavyweights would need time step back and take a gulp of air after some of those bursts, especially when he would miss the odd shot, but Wilder, he looked fresh as a daisy, and in rounds 6-8, when he seemed to be struggling for pace just slightly, he still carried a lot of power, and in round 9, he looked very strong, and finished Molina, in spectacular fashion, Molina was tired and had taken some punishment in the fight, but I think Wilder really does carry his power into the late rounds, and has the best gas tank out of all the heavyweights out there.

Wilder doesn't seem to be the most fast footed fighter in his division when you watch him, but I think that's because he plants his feet, because he's always loading up so much, knowing he can take any opponent out with one big shot, but what I noticed I this fight, was that Molina could never get himself out of range. There is a reason why Malik Scott could move around Luis Ortiz for 12 rounds, but that didn't work against Wilder for 1 single round.