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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…

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