Josesito Lopez vs John Molina Jr preview and prediction

Josesito Lopez had WBA world welterweight champion Keith thurman in serious trouble in the 9th round of their January 2019 bout.

Errol Spence Jr fighting Shawn Porter with the IBF and WBC welterweight titles on the line is a mouth-watering prospect, but promotional powerhouse Premier Boxing Champions have put a fight on the undercard that potentially eclipses the main event for action and excitement. Josesito Lopez and John Molina Jr are both all-action fighters that are only beaten by top-flight opposition but still provide excitement for boxing fans that make them much loved and respected.

Lopez (36-8-0, 19 Ko’s) gave Keith Thurman all the trouble he could handle in January when the champion was returning to the ring after a 2 year hiatus due to injury. In the fight before, Lopez from Riverside, California, took the unbeaten record of Miguel Cruz so he is in the form of his career at 35-years of age.

John Molina Jr says that Lopez will come to fight and so will he.

Molina Jr (30-8-0, 24 Ko’s) is a year older at 36 and like Lopez has usually lost when facing top-flight opposition, there are exceptions, of course, his 2016 twelve round unanimous decision win of former WBO super-lightweight ruler Ruslan Provodnikov probably being his best career win.

So what happens when you get two aggressive come forward fighters in the ring who are so equally matched? If one of them doesn’t establish superiority very quickly, then you usually end up with an all-out war. This is what both fighters have said they believe will happen when interviewed, so with that mindset, don’t be too surprised if they dispense with any feeling out process and just get down to business from the first bell.

This is such a difficult fight to pick a winner from. They have both lost 2 of their last 5 fights, but to very high quality opponents and both have had big career wins in that time. What stands out to me is that Molina Jr will be facing his first true welterweight whereas Lopez has been at the weight since 2011 and this will tell if it turns into the expected war we suspect it will.

Prediction: Lopez to win a tight points decision.

Betting for this bout by Betfair | Terms & Conditions
Josesito Lopez 3/10
John Molina Jr 5/2
Draw 20/1

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