–Jamal James established a superior jab early and stayed with it often, using the punch to stymie Javier Molina’s attempts to get inside.
–Molina adjusted with counterpunches in the fourth round and went to an overhand right in the fifth that caught James, but he never followed up effectively.
–James outworked Molina in pure volume, to the tune of a 713-329 advantage in punches thrown, and remained in control most of the fight.
Jamal James took a while to get heated up, but he never relinquished hold of the fight once he had it as he outboxed Javier Molina down the stretch at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
The 6-foot-2 James came out and put his three-inch height advantage to good use, firing jabs with abandon to frustrate Molina, who couldn’t find a sustained attack.
Molina landed the bigger shots in the early rounds and made things interesting in the fifth with a couple of big overhand rights, but James shook it off and went right back to the jab as he controlled the distance against the former U.S. Olympian.
James continued to use his length to his benefit against Molina, who remained content to fire one-punch counters before retreating.
Molina never could solve James, who won a 10-round unanimous decision to remain unbeaten and continue his climb in a crowded 147-pound division.
- James vs Molina