Boxing returned to Club Nokia in downtown L.A. as undefeated welterweight Jamal James of Minnesota and 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina of Norwalk squared off in the PBC Toe to Toe Tuesda's on Fox Sports 1 main event. The two fighters exchanged jabs in a fast paced opening round as they boxed from a distance as Molina landed the cleaner punches. Molina stepped up the aggression in round two as James kept his distance using his height and reach closing the round strong. The Olympian countered well in round three as landed some solid hooks inside on James. In round four James kept Molina away with the jab as Molina worked his way in chasing the taller man with big punches. At the halfway mark in round five Molina fired away with big punches backing James to the ropes to cover.
Halfway through in round six James continued to stick the jab with Molina working his way inside later in the round with James against the ropes Molina landed a huge right hand snapping James's head back. James had a good seventh round using his distance as Molina appeared to take the round off. Chasing away in round eight Molina was cut above the right eye as James stuck the jab and moved. Fighting at a distance in round nine James used his long reach as Molina threw big punches trying to work his way in. The tenth and final round saw Molina trickle blood from his cut going forward attempting to get inside with James continuing to use his biggest asset the jab and reach to the final bell.
In the end the judges scored the fight 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93 as Jamal James remains undefeated as he improves to 19-0, 9 KO's.
"I thought when he first came out in the first couple rounds it was pretty close. He was making it a tough fight. As the fight went on, I got him to fight my fight. I kept him on the outside. I caught some bombs and combinations," James said. "I stuck to my game plan. I felt like I should have been busier. He had some tricky movement with his feet. The range was tough. I had a hard time finding my range, but once I found it, everything fell into place," James added.
"I am proud to win in his backyard. The crowd was cheering for him. To turn all of that off, listen to my corner and get the W. I believe I did gain a lot of fans tonight and I can't wait to get back in the ring." James said.
Javier Molina goes to 17-2, 8 KO's.
"I thought it was a close fight. I had a game plan, but I should have stayed inside more. He got wild and I stayed there and let him go out I started locking up. He would throw some punches that I shouldn't have let him. I didn't really do what I had to do," Molina said. "I didn't feel like the scorecards were fair. One judge only gave me one round. No way that was right. Either way I think I fought a good fight," Molina added.
"I felt like I had a lot of people behind me. I am bummed out and I feel like I let them down. I didn't pull it off. I just hope I gave them an exciting fight," Molina said.
In the super middleweight co-main event Phoenix's David Benavidez scored a second round stoppage of Kevin Cobbs of Virgina. Benavidez boxed and kept his distance in the opening round following up with the left hook to the body. A right hand staggered Cobbs in round two as Benavidez followed up with his attack referee Raul Caiz Jr. stepped in to stop the fight at 1:08.
David Benavidez improves to 12-0, 11 KO's as he stays undefeated. Kevin Cobbs goes to 10-2, 4 KO's.
Undefeated middleweight Caleb Plant stopped Adatar Rodriguez in the sixth round of a scheduled eight round middleweight bout. Rodriguez suffered cuts on his face in the opening round, one from a punch and the other from a headbutt. Plant was slick as he boxed circles on Rodriguez as it appeared to be more like a sparring session. The bleeding continued from Rodriguez in round three. Plant stuck the jab continuing to circle the ring and frustrating Rodriguez however a left hook hurt Rodriguez badly in round six backing him to the ropes as the referee stepped in to stop the fight at 2:37.
Caleb Plant stays undefeated improving to 12-0, 9 KO's. Adatar Rodriguez goes to 11-5-2, 7 KO's.
Long Beach undefeated middleweight prospect Malcolm McCallister scored a third round stoppage over Tyrone Selders of Baton Rouge, Louisiana in a scheduled six rounder. A right hand followed by a left from McCallister staggered Selders in the opening seconds of the fight as his glove touch the canvas referee Zachary Young ruled it a knockdown, McCallister also suffered a cut above his right eye. McCallister continued to chop down Selders as a series of punches forced referee Zachary Young to stop the fight at 2:39.
Malcolm McCallister stays undefeated and improves to 7-0, 7 KO's. Tyrone Selders goes to 9-7-1, 6 KO's.
Philadelphia super featherweight Thomas Velasquez scored an impressive fourth round TKO over James De Herrera of Wisconsin in a scheduled four rounder. In an all out scrap both fighters were flashy for four rounds exchanging combinations throughout the fight. However, Velasquez finished strong connecting with a huge right backing Herrera to the ropes and following up with a series of punches as referee Zachary Young stopped the fight at 2:08.
Thomas Velasquez improves to 4-0, 3 KOs. James De Herrera goes to 3-3, 2 KO's.
Ireland's Con Sheehan made his pro debut in winning a unanimous decision over Jonathan Rice of Los Angeles in a four round heavyweight bout. Scores were 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.
Con Sheehan wins his pro debut goes to 1-0. Jonathan Rice goes to 2-1-1, 2 KO's.
L.A.’s Ronald Mixon scored a second round TKO over Christian Solorzano in a scheduled four round light heavyweight bout. A straight left by Mixon dropped Solorzano in the first minute of the opening round. The left hand landed once again knocking down Solorzano for a second time as he got up but a short left hook dropped Solorzano for good as the referee stopped the fight.
Ronald Mixon goes to 6-0, 5 KOs. Cristian Solorzano goes to 3-7, 2 KOs.
Sanjarbek Rankmanov of Uzbekiztan stopped Jose Miguel Castro of Puerto Rico in four rounds in a scheduled six round welterweight bout. Rankmanov attacked Castro in the opening round. A vicious body attack by Rankmanov dropped Castro in round three as he got up and finished the round. The Uzbek fighter continued his attack landing a series of power punches in round four as the referee stepped in to stop the fight at 1:27 of the fourth round.
Sanjarbek Rankmanov with the win goes to 4-0, 3 KOs. Jose Miguel Castro goes to 5-7, 3 KOs.
In the opening bout from Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles undefeated featherweight Aaron Alameda of Sonora, Mexico worked Andre Wilson to six round knockout. Alameda cut Wilson early on in round two connecting with a series of right hooks. The right hook found its mark once again dropping Wilson for good as the referee reached a ten count at 1:38.
Aaron Alameda improves to 12-0, 8 KOs. Andre Wilson goes to 14-11-1, 12 KOs.