Showtime will have three fights airing live tonight starting at 9 p.m. ET, and we’ll be here with live round by round coverage of each bout. Wil Esco will be on the call for the fights.
In the junior welterweight main event, Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KO) will meet John Molina Jr (28-6, 23 KO) in a fight where both are promising fireworks. Each man has a history of great action fights, but there are questions about where Molina is at in his career. This is his chance to prove that he’s far from done.
In a WBC junior middleweight title eliminator, Demetrius Andrade (22-0, 15 KO) will face Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KO), with the winner in line for a shot against Jermell Charlo, who does currently have a mandatory challenger, Charles Hatley.
The vacant WBC lightweight title is also at stake, as Dejan Zlaticanin (21-0, 14 KO) will face Franklin Mamani (21-2-1, 12 KO).
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JOHN MOLINA JR def. RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV by unanimous decision (116-112, 117-111, 115-113)
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE def. WILLIE NELSON by TKO (1:38 of Round 12)
DEJAN ZLATICANIN def. FRANKLIN MAMANI by TKO (0:54 of Round 3)
ROUND BY ROUND
RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV vs JOHN MOLINA JR.
Round 1: Provodnikov comes out behind a high guard come right at Molina. Molina is looking to box early, trying to circle the ring but gets trapped in a corner early. Molina lets go three punches but they don't land. Both men get close and trade body punches. This fight is starting off a little slower than I expected due to Molina's tactics, trying to keep on the outside. Provodnikov leaps at Molina with a left hook. Provodnikov closes the distance and hits Molina with a good body punch, and the another. Now Molina wnats to fight back. Molina going to the jab, landing a few good ones. I'm going with Molina in the first because he controlled the action. Molina 10-9.
Round 2: Provodnikov closes the distance immediately to open this round. NOW THE FIGHT HEATS UP! Both men trading hard punches. Provodinkov landing some stiff punches, and surprisingly a jab here and there. Molina jabbing again, switching from boxing to brawling and back again. Provodnikov lands a body punch that strays low. Provodnikov has Molina back in the corner, lands a chopping right. Hard right hand lands for Provodnikov, then another two punches. Provodnikov 10-9.
Round 3: Molina whiffs on two big hooks to open the round. Four more punches come from Molina, not landing that effectively. Provodnikov isn't letting his own hands go too often yet, which his trainer said something to him about between rounds. Provodnikov trying to bury his head in Molina's chest, and Molina is throwing hooks in close quarters. Molina lets go a few more power punches as Provodnikov covers up. Both men trades jabs at the same time. I'm going with Molina who is dealing with Provodnikov's aggression pretty well. Molina 10-9, 29-28.
Round 4: Molina comes out pumping the jab over and over again, which is really making the difference so far in this fight. Molina continues to keep Provodnikov on the end of his jab and the throws a good uppercut which lands clean. Now Provodnikov has Molina against the ropes but can't keep him there as they both go back to a center ring phone booth. Molina putting more punches together than Provodnikov and that could prove to be a problem if he can keep it up. Provodnikov has a cut over his left eye but it's unclear if it was caused from a punch or a head clash. I'm going with Molina again because he's outworking Provodnikov. Molina 10-9.
Round 5: The cut over Provodnikov's eye was ruled a head clash. Molina opens the round with six punches against Provodnikov. Provodnikov stalking forward again but Molina continues to get off first and in greater numbers. Provodnikov starting to come on, getting some punches off but Molina stays calm and circles off the ropes back to center ring. Molina is really using a good strategy against Provodnikov by interrupting Provodnikov's forward movement with a jab. Molina 10-9, 49-46.
Round 6: Molina comes out pumping the jab again, landing pretty frequently on Provodnikov. Molina continues to pepper Provodnikov with punches, even if they're soft, just to keep Provodnikov from getting off. Molina is hitting Provodnikov with more straight punches that Provodnikov is having a problem getting past. Provodnikov wobbles Molina a little with a left hand! Molina gets his composure quickly. Close round but I'm still going to give it to Molina due to his work for most of the round. Molina 10-9.
Round 7: If people though Molina was washed up, he's proving them wrong in this fight. Molina is outboxing Provodnikov and leaning on a lot of effective jabs to make the difference. Provodnikov hits Molina with a chopping right hand. Provodnikov coming forward now and hits Molina with a left. Hard left hook lands for Provodnikov. Molina might be a little shook up. Provodnikov 10-9, 65-68.
Round 8: Provodnikov coming on now, trying to go right after Molina. Molina going back to the jab, trying to keep Provodnikov at bay. Molina throws an uppercut which scrapes Provodnikov. Provodnikov has MOlina back on the ropes but once again can't keep him there. Provodnikov lands a lead left hook. Molina has some blood in his mouth. Hard right hand lands for Provodnikov. Close round but I'm going Provodnikov as it looks like Molina is starting to fade a bit. Provodnikov 10-9, 75-77.
Round 9: Provodnikov comes out pressuring hard, lands a right hook to the body. Molina puts together three hard punches. Right hand lands for Provodnikov after he throws three lefts. Provodnikov whiffs on a big left hook. Provodnikov taking it to Molina again as Molina doesn't have the stamina to keep throwing those jabs. Close round again, and I'm going to lean Provodnikov. Provodnikov 10-9.
Round 10: Jab lands for Provodnikov, Molina looking to establish the outside distance again. Fatigue is looking like its becoming a factor for both guys as this is a slow 10th round - perhaps both taking it off to an extent. Molina pokes Provodnikov with another jab. Tough round to score, I'll give it to Molina because it's more of what he wanted. Molina 10-9, 96-94.
Round 11: Provodnikov lands a hard three punch combination on Molina. Provodnikov is smiling around the ring but needs to keep moving his hands. Hard chopping right hand lands for Provodnikov. Three jabs land for Provodnikov, which shocks Molina. Provodnikov throws another chopping right. Provodnikov 10-9.
Round 12: Provodnikov comes out with another overhand right. Molina responds with two punches. Hard right lands again for Provodnikov. Both men clearly tired but fighting through the fatigue to finish strong. Molina jabs again, trying a uppercut which falls short. Provodnikov attacks, missing a left hook but landing a body punch. Hard left hook lands for Provodnikov again, then a right hand. Molina threw more punches but Provodnikov did more damage. Provodnikov 10-9. BLH scores it a 114-114 draw.
DEMETRIUS ANDRADE vs WILLIE NELSON
Round 1: Nelson comes out with a jab, Andrade circles to find his measure. Andrade lets a left hand go and then doubles up with hooks to the head and body. Andrade closes the distance and gets right in on Nelson, now he gets back to middle distance and lefts loose on Nelson. Andrade drops Nelson with a right hook! Nelson beats the count and looks to fight back. Both men are trading blows now, Andrade getting the better of it. Andrade 10-8.
Round 2: Andrade comes out stalking Nelson behind a stiff jab. Andrade measuring with his right hand looking to land a hard left behind it. Nelson much more cautious now after getting hurt early. Andrade puts together a three punch combination to the head and body. Nelson just covering up for most of this round, looking a little like Joshua Clottey. Good round for Andrade. Andrade 10-9.
Round 3: Andrade already at mid-ring to start the third, feeling supremely confident. Nelson tries a right hook to the body, misses, but lands the next one. Straight left hand to the body lands for Andrade, followed by an uppercut splitting Nelson's earmuff defense. Another left hand lands for Andrade, who then weaves a counter hook. Nelson tries a three-punch combination, all of them blocked. Andrade bull rushes Nelson to the ropes. Four punch combination lands for Andrade! He's looking flashy. Andrade 10-9, 30-26.
Round 4: Hard two punch combination to the head and body lands for Andrade. Nelson stalking forward now, but walks right into another four-punch combination from Andrade. Hard right hook to the body lands for Andrade. Nelson having all kinds of trouble in there. Andrade puts together a six-punch combination on Nelson. Nelson lands a counter punch on Andrade, getting his first taste of success in a while. Uppercut lands for Andrade who circles out as he lands it. Andrade 10-9.
Round 5: Andrade comes out holding his lead hand down by his knees, then strafing Nelson with three punches. Hard lead right uppercut lands for Andrade who begins to tee-off on Nelson now. Andrade is looking really sharp in this fight, he's going to be a problem for anyone at 154 pounds fighting like this. Another hard left hook lands to the body for Andrade, Nelson not getting anything going in this fight, it's looking like a whitewash. Hard right hook to the head lands for Andrade. Andrade 10-9, 50-44.
Round 6: Hard straight left to the body lands for Andrade, which has been landing frequently throughout the fight. Hard three punch combination lands for Andrade, with a good straight left finishing things up. You can really see Nelson's head snap back on some of these punches. Another two hooks land for Andrade, Nelson continues to just try to cover up and walk forward but it's not working in his favor. ANOTHER LEAD RIGHT UPPERCUT LANDS FOR ANDRADE! Nelson loses his mouthpiece. Andrade is boxing beautifully as he continues to shut out Nelson. Andrade 10-9.
Round 7: Andrade comes out with a straight left hand which lands. Nelson has taken a lot of hard punches and looks like he's in fairly good condition considering the punishment he's taken. Andrade throws two wide hooks which Nelson blocks. Both men get tangled and Nelson throws Andrade to the mat. The referee says something to Nelson about it. Nelson finally lets his hands go a little but it's not sustained. Five-punch combination from Andrade ends the round. Andrade 10-9, 70-62.
Round 8: Andrade continues to strafe Nelson with punches as Nelson attempts to cover up, but punches continue to get through. This round is getting a little more sloppy but Andrade sneaks in another right uppercut which splits Nelson's guard. Nelson lands a good right hand, maybe his best of the night. Another five-punch combination from Andrade, who starts pouring it on as the round ends! Andrade 10-9.
Round 9: Andrade touches Nelson with a jab to the body, then lands a lead left hand. Another left hand lands for Andrade. Nelson has to be looking for a knockout at this point because he's down big on points. The pace slows down for the second minute of the round, neither man landing much -- well, Nelson hasn't landed much all fight so par for the course in that respect. Andrade 10-9, 90-80.
Round 10: It looks like Andrade broke his left shoe before the round starts, and the referee gives him time to get it taped together (surprising because they aren't Adidas). Nelson tries to go on the attack, not getting much done but at least he's trying something. Right uppercut to the body then one to the head lands for Andrade. Andrade puts together a seven-eight punch combination on Nelson. Andrade 10-9.
Round 11: Andrade putting together more hard combinations, and Nelson isn't returning fire. Right hook followed by a straight left hand lands for Andrade. Nelson tries to punches but Andrade steps out of punching distance. Hard right hook to the body lands for Andrade. Another straight left hand to the body lands for Andrade with about a minute to go in the round. Andrade goes down but it looks like he slipped awkwardly. Referee calls a timeout and calls it a low blow from Nelson. Two hard punches to the body land for Andrade again. ANDRADE DROPS NELSON HARD TO END THE ROUND! Nelson gets up and beats the count. Andrade 10-8, 110-97.
Round 12: Andrade comes out stalking, hoping to end the fight but Nelson is backing off and circling the ring. Nelson continues to back off and circle the right. Andrade drops Nelson again with a barrage of punches! Nelson, once again, gets back to his feet. Andrade unleashes on Nelson who goes down yet again and the referee immediately halts the fight. Andrade TKO-12.
DEJAN ZLATICANIN vs FRANKLIN MAMANI
Round 1: Zlaticanin comes out applying pressure to Mamani who has taken the fight on eleven days notice. Zlaticanin shakes up Mamani badly in the opening 30 seconds! Mamani survives a dangerous moment. Zlaticanin banging away to the body and the the head. I normally wouldn't say this in just round one but this looks like a mismatch title fight already. Hard right hook to the body lands for the southpaw Zlaticanin. Zlaticanin 10-9.
Round 2: Both fighters standing toe-to-toe to open round two. At this pace and distance I can see this fight going the distance. Mamani gets warned for a borderline low blow. Zlaticanin lands a good uppercut and continues to press forward, Mamani isn't looking to get away too much but is getting pushed back. Right hook knocks Mamani off balance. A jab followed by a left hook lands for Zlaticanin. A wide left hook lands for Zlaticanin, he's firmly in control. Zlaticanin 10-9.
Round 3: Right back to the phone booth the fighters go. Zlaticanin hurts Mamani wight a left hand again. Mamani goes down but the referee calls it a slip but Mamani is hurt. Mamani is in bad shape as Zlaticanin tees off. The referee waves off the fight. Zlaticanin TKO-3.