WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (28-2,21KO's) pulled off a fantastic first-round victory against the highly rated John Molina (24-2,19KO's) last night in Oakland, California.
DeMarco was expected to win the fight but not in such fashion. The 45-second victory came as a shock to everyone in the crowd and every boxing fan watching at home, as everyone that knew these two guys were expecting an all-out war that lasted at least of couple of rounds. But this was far from the case. DeMarco's first meaningful punch of the fight landed right on Molina's chin and sent him stumbling backwards. At this point, it's fair to say that Molina should have taken a knee to get a few seconds to recover. However, he tried to stand his ground and fight back but this backfired massively and the referee was forced to step in and stop the contest.
I've been wondering who's next for DeMarco and I can still can't find anyone that would make a fight that fans would scream for but I did consider DeMarco Vs Ricky Burns (providing Burns beats Mitchell on September 22nd). I still don't think DeMarco is ready to face Broner, so Burns would be a good test for him. It would also be a good chance for both men to prove themselves as champions.
I also think we will see John Molina back on the world scene sometime in the future as I think tonight was just a little mistake that he will learn from and come back stronger.