Sherman Oaks, CA (January 9, 2014) Highly regarded welterweight prospect Javier Molina suffered a fractured right hand in sparring on Wednesday afternoon and has withdrawn from his ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra™ showdown on JANUARY 24 with former world champion Kendall Holt it was announced today by Dan Goossen, President of Goossen Tutor Promotions.
The new main event for the ESPN Friday Night Fights/"Little Creek Brawl IV" event at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington, will be a ten round NABO Light Heavyweight Championship clash between top undefeated prospect Thomas Williams Jr. of Fort Washington, Maryland and Houston based world-contender Cornelius White.
"It's truly an unfortunate situation for Javier who has been saddled with hand injuries since the beginning of his professional career," said Goossen. "This is the fourth fracture of his hands he's had to endure. I feel terrible with what this good young man has had to overcome so early in his career."
"Javier went straight to the renowned Kerlan-Jobe Center in Los Angeles where he was examined by hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin who has scheduled his surgery for next Tuesday," said Arnulfo Bravo, manager of Molina. "We are taking every step to ensure the best treatment for his eventual return to the ring. Dr. Shin believes he'll be ready to return to training between three and four months."
Continued Goossen, "Boxing fans have seen many fighters suffer similar hand injuries as Javier's and still become world champions. One of the most prominent is Paulie Malignaggi who has had to overcome numerous hand injuries, eventually overcoming them and attaining a highly successful career."
About the new main event, Goossen stated, "Tom Brown moved quickly to line up a very strong light heavyweight title fight between up-and-coming Thomas Williams Jr. and heavy-handed Cornelius White."
"Williams is looking to continue his ascent towards becoming a world champion and White will be looking to get back on the winning track following his fight with world champion Sergey Kovalev."
The 26 year-old southpaw Williams, 15-0-0 (10 KOs) is coming off a sensational 2013 campaign with four outstanding wins. Most recently he dominated former world title challenger Yusaf Mack over ten rounds winning a unanimous decision on November 26 in Sunrise, Florida.
On May 18, 2013, Williams won a decision over perennial contender Otis Griffith at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Williams is currently world ranked #12 by the International Boxing Federation.
Known as "Da Beast," the hard-hitting White has compiled a record of 21-2-0 with sixteen knockouts over his six-year professional career.
Prior to his loss to Kovalev, the 32-year-old White was riding a five bout winning streak with strong wins over top prospects Yordanis Despaigne and Dmitry Sukhotsky in addition to a decision win over Otis Griffith.
White is also world ranked by the International Boxing Federation at #14 in the world.
"While we are disappointed for Javier Molina, we had been seriously considering broadcasting the Williams-White match as part of that show so we are still expecting an outstanding night. We think Thomas Williams is a fighter that ESPN fans will want to get to know and we're confident that Cornelius White will want to prove that sentiment wrong," said ESPN's Sr. Director of Programing & Acquisitions Brian Kweder.
"Little Creek Brawl IV" will open the ESPN broadcast with former World Champion Rico Ramos (22-3, 12 KOs) taking on upset-minded Jonathan Arellano (14-2-2, 3 KOs) in a 10-round Featherweight Bout.
Advance tickets priced at $40 can be purchased by calling (800) 667-7711 or online at www.Little-Creek.com . Doors will open on the night of the event at 4:30 p.m. with the first bell at 5:00 p.m. For more information and directions to the Little Creek Casino Resort, please visit their website at www.Little-Creek.com