The king of the superlightweight division Terence Crawford defends his WBC and WBO world titles in front of his home crowd at the CenturyLink Centre in Omaha, Nebraska on 10th December.
Terence put on an absolute masterclass against the previously unbeaten ukrainian Viktor Postol in a unification showdown at the MGM Grand back in July. It was a chilling display in which he stripped the iceman of his best attributes.
He secured a wide unanimous decision but was a constant menace throughout, floating around on the backfoot whilst occasionally mixing it up on the front foot and landing with supreme ease.
That is how you earn your stripes on the pound for pound list by fighting and beating the very best contenders out there and making them appear to be distinctly average in the process.
He takes on a resurgent challenger in John Molina Jr. This is his second bite of the cherry at world championship glory. He previously lost via way of a 1st round knockout to Antonio Demarco back in 2012.
In that fight, he was battered into submission in the corner after having been sent reeling by a straight left hand down the pipe. He never recovered from the shot and was swarmed on the ropes. Perhaps the more experienced Molina would have taken a knee but it just doesn’t seem his style.
However he showed good character to bounce back from the defeat by gaining a few good wins including a standout stoppage over Mayweather fighter Mickey Bey which put him back in the bigtime.
He set up some big fights against the likes of Matthysse, Soto and Broner but lost all three of them. Surely the end was nigh for Molina.
But the man just keeps coming. And thats the same way he boxes when the tough gets going. He’s not the most talented or skillful fighter but he has a big heart and is not shy of throwing combinations.
In his last fight against Ruslan Provodnikov he was made he was the heavy underdog but he beat the rugged Russian over the distance to reignite his career once again.
However it’s a shame that he has to face such a top drawer world champion in Terence Crawford who will have not one ounce of compassion for his opponent. Crawford looks a cut above anything out there in the superlightweight division. He has the mix of power, balance and precision that all the best fighters seem to possess. He’s a sharp and accurate counter puncher and his movement should just be too much for Molina to handle.