Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won Lopez vs Molina Jr?
Josesito Lopez beat John Molina Jr by knockout in the 8th round on Saturday 28th September 2019 at Staples Center in LA.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 10 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 147 pounds (10.5 stone or 66.7 KG).
This fight appeared on the undercard of Errol Spence Jr beating Shawn Porter for the IBF World Welterweight and WBC World Welterweight championship. Also, on the undercard Anthony Dirrell lost to David Benavidez for the WBC World Super Middleweight belt, Mario Barrios defeated Batyr Akhmedov for the WBA World Super Lightweight title and Robert Guerrero was victorious over Gerald Thomas.
Lopez vs Molina Jr stats
Josesito Lopez stepped into the ring with a record of 36 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, 19 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
John Molina Jr made his way to the ring with a record of 30 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, with 24 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Molina Jr had a large advantage in power over Lopez, boosting at 80% knock out percentage over Lopez's 53%.
Josesito Lopez was the younger man by 1 year, at 38 years old.
Molina Jr had 2-inch reach advantage.
Both Josesito Lopez & John Molina Jr fought out of an orthodox stance.
Lopez was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 6 more fights, and made his debut in 2003, 3 years and 1 month earlier than Molina Jr, whose first professional fight was in 2006. He had fought 104 more professional rounds, 299 to Molina Jr's 195.
Josesito Lopez went into the fight ranked number 8 by the WBC at welterweight.
Lopez vs Molina Jr form
Lopez had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated John Molina Jr on 28th September 2019 by knockout in the 8th round at Staples Center, LA, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Keith Thurman on 26th January 2019 by majority decision in their WBA Super World Welterweight championship fight at Barclays Center, New York.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Saul Corral on 9th April 2017 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at The Novo at L.A. Live, California.
Before that, he had beat Todd Manuel on 10th December 2016 by unanimous decision in their 6 round contest at USC Galen Center, California.
He had lost to Andre Berto on 13th March 2015 by technical knockout in the 6th round in their WBA Interim World Welterweight championship fight at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario.
Molina Jr had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Omar Figueroa Jr on 16th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Los Angeles, California, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Ivan Redkach on 15th December 2017 by knockout in the 4th round at Pioneer Event Center, California, Afghanistan.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Terence Crawford on 10th December 2016 by technical knockout in the 8th round at CenturyLink Center, Omaha, United States.
Before that, he had beat Ruslan Provodnikov on 11th June 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona.
He had defeated Jorge Romero on 28th November 2015 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at The Bomb Factory, Dallas.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, John Molina Jr had been fighting more than Josesito Lopez.
Going to this contest, Josesito Lopez had last fought 3 years, 2 months and 1 day ago, while John Molina Jr's last outing had been 3 years, 9 months and 13 days ago.
Lopez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years, 8 months and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 6 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.4 rounds on average.
Molina Jr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years and 1 day, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 4 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 37 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.4 rounds on average.
What time did Lopez vs Molina Jr start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM PST at Staples Center, LA, United States, which was around 2:00 AM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Lopez vs Molina Jr?
Josesito Lopez was a 13/50 (-380) favourite going into the contest, while John Molina Jr made his way into the ring at 14/5 (+280) with oddsmakers.