Andrey Klimov vs. John Molina

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2013-06-07 : Andrey Klimov 137½ lbs beat John Molina Jr 137½ lbs by MD in round 10 of 10


  • In the featured bout of ESPN Friday Night Fights, Molina dominated the first four rounds walking the less experienced Klimov down and landing a number of effective power shots. However, as the bout progressed, Klimov's game plan became more evident. Klimov was constantly moving backwards and to the left and right with Molina walking straight forward and blindly following him. The turning point came in round five, where the fleet footed Klimov began outscoring Molina by landing numerous punches in bunches from the outside in consistent combinations and flurries. Molina was not hurt, but he was unable to keep up with such a pace nor change his style into a technical fight. With no counter plan, Molina allowed himself to get outpointed for six rounds in a row by the busier and consistent Klimov.
  • Facebook ESPN viewers gave Klimov nine rounds to one because he was the busier fighter and throwing more punches by volume. With respect to commentator Teddy Atlas and one of the judges, Klimov appeared to do more than enough to win and two judges and the Facebook ESPN viewers got it right. Molina appeared to have something missing from his game than before, as he fought with less desire than he had before he fought Antonio DeMarco for the title and lost. Judge Hunter Walton's 96-94 overall for Klimov was accurate and fair.
  • Fighting in foreign territory as the odds underdog, the unbeaten 16-0 Russian Klimov wins a world title shot in a legitimate upset, perhaps against the winner of the vacant WBC interim lightweight title bout between Omar Figueroa versus Nihito Arakawa in July 2013.


  • Andrey Klimov 15-0 (8 KOs) vs. John Molina 25-2 (20 KOs)
  • Klimov entered as a 2.55-to-1 betting underdog. [1]
  • It was the second fight for Molina under trainer Robert Garcia.
  • ESPN's Teddy Atlas scored the bout a 95-95 draw.