Molina KOs Williams in 4th

Staff report


On Friday night, Youngstown’s Dannie Williams made his second appearance on ESPN2 in less than a year.

His first fight ended poorly.

His second was even worse.

Williams, who trains at Jack Loew’s Southside Boxing Club, was knocked out by John Molina at the 2:16 mark of the fourth round of a lightweight bout at Pueblo Pavilion.

It was the first knockout loss for Williams (22-3), whose head, and his once-promising career, were dealt a big blow.

Molina (25-2, 20 KOs) started the KO with a left jab, then followed with a right hook to the top of Williams’ head. Williams crashed to the canvas, then actually tried to get up on the other side of the ropes before referee Rocky Burke waved him off.

“He did exactly what I told him not to do, which was back up against this guy,” said Loew, the former trainer of Kelly Pavlik. “He was actually winning on the cards at the time but when you’re 5-7 and you’re fighting a kid that’s 5-10, you don’t go straight backward.

“I can’t take anything away from the kid [Molina]. He stuck to his game plan and Dannie didn’t — again — and it cost him. It probably cost him his career for a long, long time.”

Williams, a St. Louis native who has trained in Youngstown for several years, lost by unanimous decision to Hank Lundy in a NABF title bout last March on ESPN2.

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