Friday, March 31, 2023  |


Weekend Review: Strange knockout in the U.K.

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DERECK CHISORA VS. MALIK SCOTT: The heavyweights were engaged in a competitive fight Saturday in London when Chisora put Scott down with a short, overhand right in the sixth round. Scott, not terribly hurt, got to one knee as referee Phil Edwards counted. At 9, Scott bolted to his feet to beat the count. That didn’t seem to matter to Edwards, who for some reason waved off the fight. Terrible job by Edwards. Scott protested Edwards’ decision but seemed to quickly accept it – too quickly. If it were me, right or wrong, I might’ve filled Edwards’ face with expletives and bolted from the ring. The ref would’ve deserved it. Instead, Scott (35-1-1, 12 knockouts) seemed to have an “oh well, these things happen” attitude even though his career was damaged, which seemed strange to me. The whole thing was strange. By the way, kudos to Chisora (17-4, 11 KOs), who didn’t deserve a knockout victory but did look good in the fight. This version of “Del Boy” might be the second best heavyweight after David Haye in the U.K.


John Molina: The lightweight contender probably will never realize great success in boxing but he’s an inspiration, demonstrating once again against Mickey Bey on Friday what one can accomplish with unwavering persistence and punching power. Molina was losing badly on all three cards going into the 10th and final round against the unbeaten former amateur star. His only hope was a last-minute miracle, which came with 59 seconds remaining in the fight. He hurt Bey with a left hook and then followed with a series of bombs, prompting referee Vic Drakulich to end the fight. Molina (26-3, 21 KOs) did the same thing in 2010 against Hank Lundy, who was winning easily when he was stopped in the 11th round. Of course, relying on late rallies is a dangerous game. They don’t always come. However, when they do, nothing in boxing is more exciting. And the latest rally was particularly significant for Molina, who was 1-2 in his last three fights. He saved his career.


Mickey Bey: Bey (18-1-1, 9 KOs) has had his share of setbacks. As an amateur, he won at the 2004 Olympic box-offs but couldn’t compete in the qualifying competition because of pneumonia. Early this year, he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone and was suspended for three months. And, more generally, he hasn’t been as active as he should be if he hopes to make a good living in boxing. Finally, through nine-plus rounds, he seemed to have his breakthrough victory in hand after a strong all-around performance. Then BOOM! It was gone in an instant. Where does he go from here? The bad news is that he’s 30, not the ideal age to rebuild when you have accomplished almost nothing to begin with. The good news is that he isn’t ancient and has little wear and tear, even after the short beating he took on Friday. He also has a good trainer in Floyd Mayeather Sr. and the backing of Floyd Mayweather Jr. There’s hope.


Hank Lundy (23-3-1, 11 KOs) also saved his career as a player in the junior welterweight division by easily outpointing capable Olusegun Ajose (31-2, 14 KOs) on Friday. Lundy had lost his previous two fights. ÔǪ Billy Joe Saunders, a 2008 Olympian from the U.K., is becoming a legitimate middleweight contender. Saunders (18-0, 10 KOs) almost shut out Irishman Gary O’Sullivan (16-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday in London. The southpaw fights John Ryder for the British title on Sept. 21.