MOLINA BEATS LOPEZ FOR IBF CROWN

Published: Sunday, Oct. 8 1989 12:00 a.m. MDT

It was one movie, watched over and over and over, that gave Juan "John John" Molina's manager the strategy that brought Molina the International Boxing Federation junior-lighteight championship Saturday in Sacramento, Calif.

That film was the bout nearly a year ago when defending champion Tony Lopez of Sacramento defeated Molina by a decision that Molina contends was made because of hometown Sacramento bias."I watched the films of the last fight 90 times and when you take Lopez off balance he droops his right hand. I knew he was ours after the first two rounds," Molina manager Lou Duva told reporters.

Molina, of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, won the title Saturday when the referee stopped the fight in the 10th round, declaring Lopez defenseless. The decision was protested by the crowd of5,013 with shouts and beer cups thrown into the ring. "We boxed Lopez. We feinted him out of position. The only way Lopez can fight is if you stand right in front of him," Duva said.

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