Kirkland vs Molina Deal Reached For January 28 on HBO

By Ryan Maquiñana has confirmed that junior middleweight contenders James Kirkland and Carlos Molina will meet in an HBO-televised broadcast on Jan. 28.

The news comes on the heels of a Nov. 13 report on this site that originally reported Team Kirkland’s interest in a Molina fight.

The explosive Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs), from Austin, Tex., has re-established himself as a force in the 154-pound division since the southpaw reunited with trainer Ann Wolfe and subsequently stopped Alfredo “Perro” Angulo in a thrilling six-round war in November.

Meanwhile, the much-avoided Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) is coming off an impressive three-bout stretch in 2011 that includes a dominant ten-round unanimous decision over Kermit Cintron, a seventh-round TKO of Allen Conyers, and a controversial draw against Erislandy Lara that many thought he had won.

Talks are under way to determine a venue for the bout.

Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing correspondent at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Advisory Panel.  E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by sdcluser on 12-09-2011

[QUOTE=SCtrojansbaby;11537525]Molina destroys Kirkland this fight won't even be competitive[/QUOTE] I tend to agree but could be competitive if he hits Molina early. Even though Kirkland probably has better fitness now, Molina simply has too much relative speed. This sh1t is…

Comment by SCtrojansbaby on 12-09-2011

Molina destroys Kirkland this fight won't even be competitive

Comment by Corelone on 12-08-2011

Maybe things work out for the best by accident. Canelo is a logjam in the division, fighting old men, for a paper title that nobody really wants to see. Now we get what could be a championship fight for regular…

Comment by -DSG- on 12-08-2011

[QUOTE=thepower;11534262]This fight doesn't really excite me. I'd much rather have seen him square off against Canelo.[/QUOTE] ur alone buddy!

Comment by thepower on 12-08-2011

This fight doesn't really excite me. I'd much rather have seen him square off against Canelo.

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