John Molina Confirms 6/7 ESPN Return: Eyes Burns, Abril

By Luis Sandoval

Hard hitting Lightweight John Molina Jr has informed BoxingScene that he will be making his return to the ring June 7th on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The opponent has not been completely finalized yet so he cannot disclose but they are close to selecting an opponent.

Molina’s goal is to get his second shot at a world title before the end of this year and after his fight in June, he’ll be more than ready for that opportunity.

Molina had previously informed BoxingScene of his interest in taking on reigning WBA Lightweight champion Richar Abril. While he won’t be able to get that fight next, he still has Abril as well as the other top Lightweight champions on his hit list.

“Richar Abril. Ricky Burns; the winner of Ricky Burns and [Jose A.] Gonzalez would be good fight. I am rated top four in the world in the WBO right now so that's a very good opportunity. If I have to fight in Scotland to fight Ricky Burns, I'll do it. Like I said, the goal right now is to get that world title and continue to win and win impressively” said Molina.

Molina also informed that he’s also willing to jump up to 140lbs and enter one of boxing’s deepest divisions if an opportunity would present itself. John is considered a big Lightweight and while he says he can still make 135 comfortably, he’s ready to make a move five pounds north for the right fight.

“Any opportunity available at 135 or 140 let's do it. If they're ready to get it on, I'm ready. And like I said, the game plan will be I'm coming for the knockout in every fight. If it’s at 140, then we are [ready] to walk into a big fight with anybody” Molina would tell BoxingScene.

John says he will first make sure he takes care of business again on ESPN as he did in January when he impressively knocked out Dannie Williams. And while some may think Molina’s window is closing due to getting older, he reminds everyone he’s a young guy in this game.

“Another thing I'd like to correct is everyone says 'oh father time is ticking against you' but you guys have to remember I didn't turn pro until I was 24 years old. I didn't start boxing until I was 18 years old. So it’s actually the opposite of what people are saying. Being the fact that I'm 30 years old, I'm barely coming into my stride. I haven’t taken the wear and tear most guys do when having 400 amateur fights and fighting since they were 8 years old” informed Molina.

Molina is already training for his June date as this will be the second camp in Oxnard, CA with Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia. Molina feels with the great work he’s getting up there, he’ll be ready to take on anyone at 135 or 140.

You can follow Luis Sandoval on Twitter @Truewest007. You can also tune in to BoxingScene Radio, Boxingscene’s official audio show every Tuesday from 6-8PM PST with hosts Ernest Gabion, Luis Sandoval, and Ryan Burton.

Tags: John Molina image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jcamarena79 on 04-09-2013

So good to hear Molina is fighting once again, this will be his second fight this year and that sure is gonna help him by staying active. He needs to have an overwelming knock out win to catch the publics…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Felix Verdejo is Very Eager To Get His Hands on Terry Flanagan Bob Arum on The Possibility of Miguel Cotto vs. Timothy Bradley Abel Sanchez: Ponamarev Likely Back on Lomachenko vs. Walters Bryant Jennings Ready To Step In, Face Anthony Joshua on 12/10 Dereck Chisora: Dillian Whyte is Nothing - I Will Stop Him! Vernon Forrest - Third Man Has Been Convicted in His Murder Pacquiao Feels Brunt of Long Flight, Takes Off From Training Marquez: If Canelo Trades With Golovkin - He's Committing Suicide! Lucas Browne Finds Himself in Limbo After Klitschko's Injury Andre Ward Aims To Set The Record Straight With Sergey Kovalev Video: Joe Smith Jr. Very Pumped To Face Bernard Hopkins Haye Explains Why Anthony Joshua-Eric Molina is Next - Not Price Marrero vs. Zambrano Talks Progress As Purse Bid Looms Klitschko's Manager Says Unfinished Contract Led To 2017 Jump Video: Oscar De La Hoya on Schaefer's Return, Hopkins, More Photos: Bernard Hopkins, Joe Smith Jr. - Face To Face at Presser Anthony Mundine, Danny Green Rematch Set For February 3 Video: Bernard Hopkins, Joe Smith - Go Face To Face Video: Bernard Hopkins Breaks Down Joe Smith Showdown Arum on Parker vs. Ruiz Possibly Heading To The United States Joshua-Klitschko Eyed For March, April at Principality Stadium Vanes Martirosyan: I’m Not Happy With Al Haymon, My Promoter Josh Hernandez Inks Promotional With Warriors Boxing Hearn Looks Ahead For Joshua, Hoping For Klitschko in 2017 Manny Pacquiao Noncommittal on Fighting Beyond November 5 Monaghan vs. Boesel, Abraham vs. Krasniqi WBO Eliminators Wladimir Klitschko Out Of December 10 Fight With Injury Andre Ward: My Skills Never Left, I'm Feeling Better Than Ever LaRon Mitchell Drops, Decisions Scott Alexander in Ontario Photos: Marco Huck, Dmytro Kucher Size Up at Hannover Presser Anthony Ogogo Suffered Broken Eye Socket in Cunningham Loss Kovalev Hopes To Become The P4P Best With Win Over Ward Donaire Spars Twelve Hard Rounds With Chocolatito's Cousin Joseph Parker's Coach: I Really Like Andy Ruiz's Style For Us Trainer: Smith's Pressure, Power Will Take Care of Bernard Hopkins Lemieux Targets Canelo Showdown - Catch-Weight is Ruled Out Daily Bread Mailbag: Golovkin-Jacobs, Kovalev-Ward, Aaron Pryor Long-Reigning Lefties - Pacquiao, Hagler, Martinez, Winky, More Browne Shreds Whyte: You're Euro Level, an Ugly Motherf***er Boxer Tries To Leave The Ring Mid-Count After Being Dropped

Latest Active Forum Threads