John Molina: Brandon Rios Knows That He Can't Beat Me!

By Ryan Burton

Last year lightweight contender John Molina Jr. was in the running to face WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito undercard. Rios, who is regarded as the best lightweight in the world, ended up fighting John Murray in an exciting fight that he won via knockout.

It has been reported that HBO is interested in the two Mexican-American sluggers battling it out on March 3rd but that Rios' team isn't interested in the fight.

The March 3rd date has been reserved by HBO for Rios' next fight and is scheduled to take place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.  With both fighters living in close proximity to Carson, the potential fight would probably do well at the gate. caught up with Molina to confirm that talks have taken place and get his thoughts on once again being rejected by Team Rios.

"I want the fight. HBO wants the fight and my team said yes to the fight," stated Molina.

"Team Rios said no for the same reason they said no last time when they picked (John) Murray over me.  They know they can't win," he continued.

Molina is currently scheduled to face Marvin Quintero on February 17th but an HBO date would most likely scratch those plans.

Molina finished our conversation by saying that he is sick of hearing Rios say that he will fight anybody, anytime and hopes that Rios' will advise his team to accept the fight. 

He also wanted to remind Rios of their run in at the Cotto-Margarito LA press conference . The uninvited Goosen-Tutor promoted fighter reportedly went up to Rios and called him out before being escorted out by Top Rank officials.

"So now all I ask is this, please stop saying you will fight anybody because that's a lie. If I'm wrong then prove it and fight the one guy in the lightweight division who confronted you and called you out to make it the fight happen!" Exclaimed Molina.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ringlife on 01-14-2012

Good fight if it happens I think Bam Bam knockout Molina in under six

Comment by richardt on 01-13-2012

[QUOTE=Carlos Alberto;11665030]You're most likely right that Rios will KO Molina; however, there's no way he lands a superfight.QUOTE] Gamboa is the superfight.

Comment by chiguy91 on 01-13-2012

[QUOTE=Eaner0919;11664809]well the whole reason 135 was being talked about again was for Gamboa and Gamboa only so when it became apparent Gamboa was no longer the option March 3rd they wanted Mitchell for a vacant belt then it became Molina…

Comment by Carlos Alberto on 01-13-2012

[QUOTE=richardt;11664632]This would be a missmatch. Molina takes too many flush punches and doesn't have the assortment of punches and power that Rios packs in every shot. Useless fight for Rios. He is looking for superfights and is already on the…

Comment by Eaner0919 on 01-13-2012

[quote=chiguy91;11664798]oh wow. so do you think rios will get gamboa later in the year then? i mean if he's trying to fight at 137 that's got to mean something. as for molina saying this stuff, i'm a fan of his,…

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