Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Kirkland Vows Not To Repeat Ishida Mistake With Molina

By Keith Idec

James Kirkland claims he couldn’t possibly take Carlos Molina lightly, not after the Ishida Nobuhiro debacle.

Kirkland knows full well that another upset loss would be difficult to overcome, especially since he is inching toward a shot at WBC 154-pound champ Saul Alvarez. He has prepared accordingly for his 10-round fight against Chicago’s Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at Reliant Arena in Houston (HBO; 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).

“A lot of people think I was coming in underestimating Carlos and his style, but we [haven’t] done that,” said Kirkland, of Austin, Texas. “I made that mistake [against] Ishida, but you learn from all your mistakes. I’m just staying focused.

“We’ve worked on a bunch of different things because there’s no telling what this fight can be. It can be a head-on collision, it could be a lion chasing a deer. It could be so many different things. … We never know what we’re up against. When it comes down to the fight, the first person that feels that first pop, we’ll find out what type of fight it’s going to become.”

The 28-year-old Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs) is at least certain that Molina has never encountered an opponent like him.

“He hasn’t fought no one halfway like me, as far as [someone who’s] going to be able to impose the will, as far as cutting the [ring] off,” said Kirkland, who was knocked out in the first round by Japan’s Ishida (24-7-2, 9 KOs) on April 9 in Las Vegas. “People don’t believe I have the boxing ability. They don’t know that I can actually box. But I tell people if they put me in that position, I will box. I’m just going to have fun.”

The WBC has mandated that the winner between Kirkland, ranked No. 2 at 154 pounds, and the 15th-ranked Molina must fight top-ranked Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs) in his next bout in a fight to become the mandatory challenger for Mexico’s Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs).

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CAMPER on 03-24-2012

[QUOTE=AntDawg;11925586]You kidding right? Many wanted Khan to avenge his loss to Prescott and said he was afraid of him.[/QUOTE] I think you misread his post. CON is definitely a puss for not taking a rematch Prescott btw!

Comment by Bermuda on 03-24-2012

[QUOTE=EngorgedW/Blood;11925475]I agree, green k. Notice the fighters who like to avenge their losses/close fights are called cowards, bums, etc[Mayweather-Castillo, Taylor-Pavlik, Williams-Martinez etc.]. But the one's who don't want to go back to the scene of the crime where they got…

Comment by CAMPER on 03-24-2012

[QUOTE=EngorgedW/Blood;11925475]I agree, green k. Notice the fighters who like to avenge their losses/close fights are called cowards, bums, etc[Mayweather-Castillo, Taylor-Pavlik, Williams-Martinez etc.]. But the one's who don't want to go back to the scene of the crime where they got…

Comment by SkillspayBills on 03-24-2012

I will tell you this. There will NEVER be a fight Kirklanad isn't fully prepared for as long as he is with Ann Wolfe. She doesn't take any bull**** and she will beat the unpreparedness out of Kirkland. I love…

Comment by Medved on 03-24-2012

Kirkland doesnt have the IQ to not repeat his past mistakes. He only fights on instinct and much like Pwill he will never learn or have a gameplan where he can avoid his weaknesses. The only reason he afraid to…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (18)
Top Headlines Marquez Gives Canelo The Clear Edge Over Much Bigger Chavez Jr. Thurman: My Power, Speed Will Rise Above Garcia's 'Swiftness' DeGale-Jack Drew an Average of 454,000 Viewers on Showtime Thurman Hopes He and Garcia Can Draw 8 Million Viewers on CBS Cuadras Warns: Chocolatito Was Afraid, Rungvisai Might KO Him! Rob Brant's Ring Return Moves on With Late Replacement Keith Thurman to Danny Garcia: You’re Getting Knocked Out Badou Jack Vacates WBC Title, Officially Moves Up To 175-Pounds Video: Angel Garcia Talks Keith Thurman Unification Video: Keith Thurman Breaks Down Danny Garcia, Angel Garcia Photos: Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman - Tense Face To Face in NY Video: Danny Garcia, Angel Garcia Sound Off on Keith Thurman Video: SHO's Espinoza Discusses Future Fights on Network, More DeGale: Mayweather Talks Rubbish, Has Big Ego, All About Him Eddie Hearn Discusses The Status of Kell Brook vs. Amir Khan Photos: Michael Conlan - New York City Presser For Pro Debut Jordan Thompson Inks Frank Warren Deal Marco Huck vs. Mairis Briedis Finalized For April 1 Showdown Groves' Trainer Talks DeGale vs. Jack, Status of Chudinov Fight CBS to Air Garcia-Thurman; Announcement at Press Conference Patrick Nielsen, Dina Thorslund Ready For Nordic Fight Night Bouts Michael Conlan vs. Tim Ibarra Ticket Information Billy Joe Saunders Links Up With Adam Booth After Tibbs Split Manny Pacquiao's Career Could Extend Beyond 2017, Says Arum Jarrell Miller: Deontay Wilder is a Fraud; Highly Doubt He Fights Me Broner: Fighting Spence Would Be "Foolish" for Crawford's Career Daily Bread Mailbag: Golovkin-Jacobs, Canelo-Chavez, More Lawrence Okolie Inks Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn Jamie Cox: I Would Beat Eubank Jr. and Quinlan in The Same Night! Farrell Hungry To Produce Champions, Excited for McCrory Link Up Chisora To Whyte: Forget Wilder, You Need To Face Me Again J. Mayweather No Longer Convinced That Golovkin Beats Canelo Veteran Judge: Horn Has No Real Talent, Pacquiao By KO in 3 To 4 Marco Huck vs. Mairis Briedis, WBC Title, in Play For April 1 Adam Lopez: I Have Everything it Takes To Get My Shot Marquez: Chavez Jr. Must First Defeat The Weight, Then Canelo Arum Provides Update on Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn Event Photos: Michael Conlan Hits New York City For MSG Presser Golovkin vs. Jacobs: Ryan Martin Eyed For The Undercard Nate Diaz Expected To Receive Boxing License, Heading To TMT?
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement