Red hot super bantamweight Steve Molitor retained his IBF title with a superb 12 rounds points verdict against challenger Ricardo Castillo last night at the Casino in Rama, Ontario.
A former Mexican champion and ex-WBA title challenger from Mexicali, Castillo used his strength advantage to put Molitor on the back foot but could never pin the champion down to draw him into the trenches.
Molitor was cut above the eye in the fourth from a head clash but handled this career first setback well, keeping Castillo at bay and landing crisp counters on the oncoming challenger.
The champion stepped up his own offense in the final rounds and cruised comfortably to a 118-109 win on all three scorecards.
Molitor improves to 26-0 (10) while Castillo loses for the third time in four bouts to fall to 33-5 (22).