Premier Boxing Champions is back tonight on FS1 from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, with welterweight prospects Jamal James and Javier Molina going head-to-head in the 10-round main event.
James (18-0, 9 KO), is a 6'2" righty from Minneapolis, who made his PBC TV debut on September 18 with a win over Juan Carlos Abreu on Bounce. The 27-year-old "Shango" is obviously huge for a welterweight, tall and rangy, and showed some nice skills in the win over Abreu.
Molina (17-1, 8 KO) was at one point a hot amateur prospect, who won the 2007 U.S. National Championships when he was just 17 years old. He also comes from a boxing family, the younger brother of Carlos and the twin brother of Oscar. None of the three have really broken through as professionals, though, and Javier, now 26, is looking to score a career-best win with this fight. He suffered a loss to Artemio Reyes in 2011, but has won eight straight since then.
In the co-feature, super middleweight prospect David Benavidez (11-0, 10 KO) will face Kevin Cobbs (10-1, 4 KO) in an eight-round fight.
Patrick L. Stumberg will be here for the live round by round coverage.
Jamal James def. Javier Molina by unanimous decision (99-91, 98-92, 97-93)
David Benavidez def. Kevin Cobbs by TKO at 1:08 of Round Two
Jamal James vs. Javier Molina
Round one: James looking to jab early. That is a lot of arm he's sticking out. 1-2 falls short. One minute in. More jabs from James. Molina to the body, double left hook lands for him. Quick exchange. One minute to go. James with a 1-2 downstairs. Big right hand by James, Molina takes it well. Nasty body shot in return. James sticks his jab back in Molina's face. Molina catches him with a lead hook before the bell. 10-9 James.
Round two: Molina has the clear speed edge. Counter right lands for James as Molina pursues with punches. Another counter right through the guard. James to the body. Molina goes up top with a left hook. One minute in. James getting the better of things this round. Molina really coming after him, just not landing. Body shot and jab by Molina. One minute to go. James goes to the body. Counter 1-2 by James. Four-piece by James. Molina cracks him with a left hook and a series of further hooks at the bell. 10-9, 20-18 James.
Round three: James staying busy with his jab at range. Lead right by Molina. Good exchange, Molina upstairs and James to the body. One minute in. Double left hook from Molina, James comes back with a 1-2. James with a right downstairs. One minute to go. Quick exchange in the corner. James connects with a right hand as they trade. Molina chases him until the bell. 10-9, 30-27 James.
Round four: James keeping up the jab. Counter jab by Molina. Right downstairs from James, right inside from Molina. One minute in. Combination by James backs Molina away. Clinch. Molina to the body. Three-piece form James, double hook from Molina. Counter right by James. One minute to go. Another counter right, then body shots by James. 1-2 stings Molina, who comes back with body blows. 10-9, 40-36 James.
Round five: James doing a very good job of staying at range. Clash of heads. Another solid counter right by James and Molina chases with a left hook. One minute in. James to the body. Molina lands an overhand right. Lead right connects again. James to the body. One minute to go. James digs in some rights downstairs against the ropes. Clinch. 1-2 by James, who eats a cross. 10-9 Molina, 49-46 James.
Round six: The real question here is whether James' consistency and superior volume are worth more than Molina's quality blows. James digs in inside as they clinch. Molina still chasing him with gusto. One minute in. Combination lands for James, then a straight right. Clinch, overhand right by Molina. Big right hand by Molina. One minute to go. James trying to keep him at bay with the jab and right hands. Molina again tries to flurry at round's end. 10-9, 59-55 James.
Round seven: James keeps Molina at bay for most of the first minute until Molina slams home a long right and body shot. One minute in. Now James on the attack, backing Molina all the way across the ring with a series of hard punches. Molina to the body, then upstairs with the left hand. Molina again goes to the body. Long right splits Molina's guard. One minute to go. James continues to fire the jab, eats a short left hand.Right hands land for him before the bell. 10-9, 69-64 James.
Round eight: James appears in control of the fight at this point, lands another long right hand. Molina's coming up short with the majority of his punches. One minute in. Molina backs him to the corner and both men connect. Quick exchange in the corner. 1-2-3 by James, left hook in return from Molina. One minute to go. Double jab from James. 1-2 connects. Hard 1-2 lands for him, follow-up shots do not connect. He keeps firing until the bell. 10-9, 79-73 James.
Round nine: Molina's just struggling badly to get inside. James' jab remains his best weapon. Clinch, one minute in. Molina smacks him on the way out. Hard right by James, left hook by Molina. Body shot by Molina. James goes to the body. clinch. One minute to go. James with a 1-2, Molina with a hook downstairs. Counter right lands for James, then some flicking jabs. Molina steps in with a body shot before the bell. 10-9, 89-82 James.
Round ten: The crowd's behind Molina, but he's running out of time. Jab exchange in the center. One minute in. Molina prods the body. James with a light hook to the body after pursuing him to the ropes. Molina left hook. One minute to go. James with a right to the body, then a couple upstairs. Molina gets him to the ropes and opens up to the body. James backs him to the corner and they exchange until the bell. 10-9 Molina, 98-92 James.
Final result: James def. Molina by unanimous decision
Caleb Plant vs. Adasat Rodriguez
Round one: Plant jabbing early. 2-1 connects, then a double left hook. Aggressive start from Plant. Plant looks way, way bigger than Rodriguez in there. Right hand lands for Plant, showing some footwork. One minute in. Check hook. Plant showboating a bit. Left hands land. Check hook. Nice combination, including a body shot. One minute to go. Clash of heads opens a cut on Rodriguez. Two-piece counter from Plant. One-sided thus far. 10-9 Plant.
Round two: Plant still circling well, eats a left hook. Lead right connects. Body shot by Plant, shovel hook by Rodriguez. Plant dances away. Check hook knocks out Rodriguez's mouthpiece. One minute in. Plant making him miss quite a bit. Body shot from Plant. Rodriguez doggedly pursuing him. One minute to go. Triple hook from Plant. Plant shuffling merrily about the ring, backs Rodriguez off with a series of left hooks. Counter right before the bell. 10-9, 20-18 Plant.
Round three: Plant still doing his thing, avoiding most of what Rodriguez dishes out and dinging him with combos. Plant popping him with the jab. One minute in. Plant digs a long right to the body. Rodriguez just can't reach him thus far. 1-2 by Plant. One minute to go. Rodriguez to the body. Plant answers in kind. Again. Rodriguez grazes him with a right, eats jabs before the bell. 10-9, 30-27 Plant.
Round four: Plant continues to casually stroll around the ring. Rodriguez lands a couple as they exchange. Solid hook by Rodriguez as he backs Plant to the ropes. One minute in. There's just no drama at the moment; Rodriguez can barely touch him and Plant's not putting out enough sustained offense to threaten a finish. Counter rights connect. One minute to go. Rodriguez still going after him, bangs to the body and goes upstairs with a combo that draws a shake of the head. 10-9, 40-36 Plant.
Round five: Now things get a bit interesting. The two exchange inside in the opening portion of the round. Rodriguez ties up. Counter uppercut by Plant. One minute in. Plant now putting together some punches. Counter left in the corner. One minute to go. Rodriguez continues to whiff. Check hook from Plant, who eats a right before the bell after landing some jabs. 10-9, 50-45 Plant.
Round six: Plant a bit more offensively-oriented, but still cruising. Rodriguez misses badly with a left hook. One minute in. 1-2, then a combination by Plant. Now he's trading with Rodriguez in the center. One minute in. Body shot, left hook by Plant. Heavy left hook takes out Rodriguez's legs and the ref steps in before Plant can dish out more punishment.
Final result: Plant def. Rodriguez by TKO
Malcolm McAllister vs. Tyrone Selders
Round one: Selders on the advance early on. McAllister to the body, then a vicious sequence of punches that send Selders to the mat. He's back up in time but Mcallister's on the attack. Selders is landing some solid punches of his own. One minute in. McAllister backs him to the ropes and slams home some big shots. Selders still in there with him. Big shots by both men. One minute to go. Mcallister lands a jab, eats a solid right cross. Selders backs him to the ropes and tries to go to work. Strong late round from Selders, but still 10-8 McAllister.
Round two: Selders coming out aggressively, landing combinations. Jabs from the longer Selders, then they trade body shots. 1-2-3 by McAllister. Nasty counter right. One minute in. McAllister's jab is the sharper of the two. Body shot, clinch. Jab battle in the center. Selders to the body, brutal right hands by McAllister. Selders clinches. One minute to go. Both land rights inside. To the body this time. Two rights by Selders. McAllister sneaks in an uppercut. 10-9, 20-17 McAllister.
Round three: Early exchanging in center ring. McAllister has the edge in speed and power but it's fairly even at the moment. Selders forcing him back a bit, then they trade punches in the phone booth. One minute in. Good shots by Selders as he bullies McAllister to the ropes. McAllister not giving enough in return at the moment. Big 3-2 by McAllister as I write that and Selders ties up. Left hook by Selders, brutal combo by McAllister. Savage combination and Selders is hurt. McAllister teeing off on the ropes. Selders is out on his feet and an uppercut finally prompts the ref to step in.
Final result: McAllister def. Selders by TKO
David Benavidez vs. Kevin Cobbs
Round one: Both men sticking out their jabs early. Cobbs whiffs on a right hand, as does Benavidez. Good body shot by the younger man. Another good left downstairs. Combination inside. One minute in. He sneaks a right around the guard, Cobbs comes back with a double hook. Clinch. Benavidez drills him with another pair of body shots, Cobbs looks to answer in kind. One minute to go. Clinch. Low-high left hands by Benavidez. Yet another body shot hits home, then a right downstairs. Cobbs lands a decent hook before the bell. 10-9 Benavidez.
Round two: Lead right scores for Benavidez, as does an uppercut. He's walking Cobbs down well, landing hard to the body and shrugging off return fire. Hard series of hooks rocks Cobbs and a right cross nearly knocks him down. Cobbs clinches, then gets rocked by the same punch again. Benavidez slams home some more accurate power punches to force the ref to end it.
Final result: Benavidez def. Cobbs by TKO