Lucas Matthysse, who faces off against unbeaten Roberto Ortiz on Saturday for the WBC Silver light welterweight title, got a big win in April against John Molina. (Fight card begins at 9:25 p.m. ET on Showtime.) Why so big? In addition to a return to the win column after a tough loss to Danny Garcia last September, Matthysse-Molina was immediately branded one of the fights of the year. Each fighter had his moments – both Matthysse and Molina went down twice – but in the end, Matthysse’s power was too much for Molina.
This was never more evident than in the 10th round, an unrelentingly brutal display. Molina fought gamely throughout. After getting knocked down, he ended the round on his feet, but those three minutes belonged to Matthysse … and served notice to future opponents.
Unfortunately for him, he experienced it firsthand.
And when Matthysse got a chance to give Molina a closer look at his capacity for carnage …
He took advantage.
Matthysse was especially ruthless when he got Molina on the ropes. He also did this:
That combination knocked Molina down. Somehow, he got up and kept fighting.