Advertisement
Advertisement

Carlos Molina Aims To Fight Smart and Outwork Kirkland

By Chris Robinson

A crucial fight in the junior middleweight division looks to be set as rejuvenated James Kirkland is in line for a crack a streaking Chicago, Ill. native Carlos Molina on January 28th of next year on HBO's Boxing After Dark.

Kirkland is coming off of a dramatic come-from-behind victory Alfredo Angulo in Cancun, Mexico that saw him rise off the canvas in the first round before scoring a knockdown of his own and rallying to secure a sixth-round TKO. That win erased the bitter taste of Kirkland’s embarrassing first-round knockout loss unheralded Nobuhiro Ishida in April and he is once again a hot commodity in the sport.

Molina was an afterthought heading into 2011 but returned from a 21-month spell of inactivity to battle talented Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara to a draw in late March. He followed that fight up with two more victories in the span of ten weeks’ time, the latest being a notable upset over former champion Kermit Cintron that saw Molina simply walk through him for ten rounds.

A fight with Kirkland represents yet another dangerous test for the soft-spoken Molina but he didn’t hesitate when answering how he would defeat the Austin, Texas slugger.

“The same way we always do. Make him miss, be in top shape, and just outwork him. Just stay smart,” said Molina.

Molina was able to witness Kirkland’s victory over Angulo but didn’t seem too intimidated by what transpired.

“Yeah, actually I did see it and that was a good fight,” Molina stated. “It was an entertaining fight. I’m up for the challenge and I want that fight. I hear that he wants it too. I saw that he called me out.”

Molina is far from a household name but he has faced a solid string of opponents during his eight years as a pro, including former title challenger Danny Perez, talented South Florida prospect Ed Paredes, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Mike Alvarado along with the aforementioned Lara and Cintron.

Asked to compare Kirkland to some of his past opponents, Molina instantly saw the differences.

“I mean, he is tough but he has a different style," Molina claimed. "Lara is more of a boxer and Kirkland, he’s more of a brawler. He goes in there and tries to knock you out. It depends on how you fight him. You can’t make it tough on yourself, it depends on how you fight him.”

Sometimes a man of few words, but expect a true fight from Molina come January.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by King Jaffe Joffer on 12-10-2011

This is defnitely a closer fight than people think. Kirkland will give Molina his opportunities to catch him.. But if Molina doesnt get Kirklands respect by buzzing him or hitting him hard, it could be a bloody mess for Molina

Comment by SkillspayBills on 12-10-2011

Noone outworks James Kirkland. NOONE.

Comment by ELPERRO on 12-10-2011

I'll tell you this much. Molina will last more rounds than Angulo did. I give him a good chance on winning. Monlina has good boxing skills and possesses great defense for a pressure fighter something Angulo lacked. Angulo's chin was…

Comment by KJB on 12-10-2011

[QUOTE=starsjuicebar;11541281]Molina wins easy.[/QUOTE] I think it will be an interesting fight, but I agree with you. Kirkland has terrible defense, is hurt and wobbled often, and we've never seen him go 12 with somebody who can actually fight back. He…

Comment by Doctor_Tenma on 12-10-2011

[QUOTE=ThePhantom5;11539558]Outwork James Kirkland. That's a tough task.[/QUOTE] Ha! I was gonna type the same exact thing. Molina is good but this as a whole is a difficult task, I would have liked Molina vs. Rodriguez more but I ain't complaining.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (28)
Top Headlines Linares vs. Crolla Rematch Targeted For Dates in February, March Hearn: Joseph Parker Has The Balls To Fight Anthony Joshua! Photos: Jorge Linares Unseats Anthony Crolla - HUGE Gallery Trainer Explains 'Witch-Hunt' That Mentally Broke Tyson Fury Teddy Atlas Wonders if Brook Had Injury PRIOR To Golovkin Bout Hearn Contacts Klitschko's Manager To Discuss Fighting Joshua Jarrell Miller Feels David Haye is Running From Shannon Briggs Muhammad Ali Receives Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award Linares-Crolla Rematch Clause in Place, Hearn Expects Fight Miguel Cotto Return in 2017 is Best Option, Says Adviser Photos: Tyson Fury Ringside at Crolla-Linares, in Good Spirits Rico Ramos Blasts Out Prosper Ankrah in Three Rounds Jhonny Gonzalez With Vicious First Round KO of Yamamoto Fury Refused Testing, Told Inspectors To F*** Off, Claims Report Donnie Nietes Makes Flyweight Debut, Dominates Edgar Sosa Video: Eddie Hearn Reflects on Crolla's Loss, The Future Video: Anthony Crolla-Jorge Linares Post Fight Press Conference Malignaggi: So Obvious, Team Canelo Waiting For Golovkin To Age Javier Fortuna Back With a Bang, Demolishes Cabrera in Two Donnie Nietes vs. Edgar Sosa LIVE Results Crolla: Linares Rocked My World, I'm Not Going To Lie Klitschko-Fury 2 - Barclaycard-Arena on Hold For December 10 Jorge Linares Decisions Anthony Crolla, Wins Lightweight Crown Arnfield Shocks Ryder - Wins WBA Regional, Targets British Belt Anthony Crolla vs. Jorge Linares - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Callum Johnson Stops Shihepo, Wins Commonwealth Belt Deontay Wilder: Tyson Fury No Longer Cares About Boxing Klitschko Waits on Word From The Sanctioning Bodies on Fury Hosea Burton Conor Benn, Marcus Morrison Get Wins Nihito Arakawa Retains Title, Stops Yusuke Tsukada in Six Rounds Malignaggi Will Not Go For The EBU Title, Withdraws From Spot Anthony Joshua Ready To Replace Tyson Fury, Fight Klitschko! Crolla Plans To Be Calculating, Take The Fight To Linares Early Warren: Won't Take Long For Liam Smith To Get in World Title Mix Parker: Dimitrenko's Height Will Prepare Me For Champions Curtis Stevens: Me And Lemieux Should Fight For Shot at Canelo Teddy Atlas: Golovkin Looked HORRIBLE Against Brook Anthony Crolla Pumped: This is My Kostya Tsyzu Moment! Donnie Nietes Ready To Make Impressive Debut at Flyweight Anthony Crolla vs. Jorge Linares - Tale of The Tape
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement