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Reyes: Molina Said I Was Not on His Level; But He Couldn’t Put Up with the Pressure

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In an all-out action fight Friday night at Bally’s Atlantic City, WBC Latino welterweight champion Artemio “King” Reyes (14-1, 11 KOs), outworked previously unbeaten 2008 Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-1, 4 KOs) and won a well-deserved unanimous decision with scores of 77-75, 78-74, 78-74.

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Reyes, who was considered to be the underdog of this welterweight matchup, pulled off an upset by dominating Molina for most of the rounds, and battling on the inside throughout the fight.  The always-tough Molina took a fearless approach throughout the match and never once backed down to Reyes’ relentless attack.

“Before the fight Molina said I was not at his level,” said a victorious Artemio Reyes after the bout. “We gave the fans what they came to see, a great fight. Molina showed a lot of guts but he couldn’t put up with the pressure. I came to Atlantic City to get what I deserved: Respect.”

Along with his mother and two sisters, Reyes was followed by a large contingency of fans all the way from California. “I did this for my family and all the people that came from home to support me, they are a rowdy bunch and I am sure I made my pops proud, this is for him. I am taking the gloves I wore tonight back home for him.”

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