Esquivias Halts Molina in Three; Reyes Stops Thompkins at the End of Four
By German Villasenor at ringside (March 27, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias Jr. remained undefeated at 13-0 (9) after halting former world title challenger Jhon Albert Molina in three heats in front of a sold-out, standing room-only, Thompson Promotions fight card at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California on Friday night.

Esquivias would be a step ahead at all times against the much slower Molina at every turn, landing sharp hooks and short right hands. The game Molina somehow slipped wide lead rights from afar, forcing the favored fighter to backpedal in spots in the second and third rounds.

Halfway through the third, with Molina gaining some ground with his offense coming to the forefront, a short left hook to the body by Esquivias put his foe on the canvas. Barely getting to his feet, in no shape to continue, referee Jose Cobian waved the bout off at 1:45 of the round.

With the win, Esquivias won the vacant WBA Fedelatin title.

As Molina's record went down to 28-16-3 with 19 KOs.

Reyes Batters Thompkins Through Four

Welterweight Artemio “The King” Reyes, 11-1 (10), slowly broke down Marcus Thompkins, taking him apart with every punch in the book through four rounds. The very game, too-brave-for-his-own-good Thompkins began to bleed profusely from the mouth starting in the second round and got hammered unmercifully to the body by Reyes for the remainder of the fight.

Reduced to one single haymaker in spots, Thompkins suffered a serious beating in the fourth frame, with the ringside doctor wisely stopping the slaughter at the end of the round.

Thompkins record dipped to 5-3-1 with 2KOs.

In other results, bantamweight Richard Contreras, 5-0 (4), stopped the southpaw Alfredo Berto, 1-5, at 2:48 of the first frame.

In a scheduled four-round junior bantamweight contest, super flyweight Miguel Diaz, 4-0 (3), destroyed southpaw Daniel Modad, 2-5 (1), sending the latter to the canvas, with a follow-up flurry trapping him against the ropes. The referee came to the rescue at 2:48 of the first round.

Undefeated super featherweight Jose Antonio “Chiquita” Vargas dropped a game Ignacio “Kikiriki” Garcia, scoring two knockdowns in a “Round of the Year” candidate, with Garcia battling back from the brink of defeat. Garcia somehow worked his way back through the next two rounds, scoring an improbable majority 38-36 and 37-37 (twice) draw at the end of four.

With the result, Garcia saw his record move to 4-3-2 and Vargas moves to 1-0-1 (1).

Most observers though Vargas won the fight on the strength of the two scored knockdowns in the bout.

In the first fight of the evening, super featherweight Sergio Nunez, 2-0-1 (2), put Gerald Fischer down for the count at 2:42 of the first frame.

With the loss, Fischer saw his record drop to 0-1.

The next “Path to Glory” show will take place on April 21st at the same venue.

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