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Molina on Matthysse: I Won't Let Him Make a Statement

By Carlos Arias

LOS ANGELES --- John Molina is relishing his role as the underdog when he takes on Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC Continental Americas light-welterweight title on Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson on Showtime.

"I've never been the favorite," said Molina at Westside Boxing Club. "I think I was born with the odds against me.

"Look at Matthysse. What more to say? He's the No. 1-rated junior-welterweight in the world. He's a heavy hitter. Proven. His last 10 fights he's fought against top-10 competition. His ratio is very well. He only had a loss against Danny Garcia, who is the linear man at 140 (pounds). He's coming to prove a statement, so our job is to go in there and stop that."

Molina said he has learned from the ups and downs in his career and it's made him a stronger fighter.

"It does motivate you," Molina said of being the underdog. "You gotta remember I didn't have the extensive amateur career. I had 22 amateur fights. To get to this stage in my career I had to learn on the job. I've experienced the peaks and the valleys. It's been no secret. I've grown in the media and the public eye. I've experienced the good things and the bad things boxing has to offer. With that being said, everything has come full circle. I feel like I'm ready to make my run."

Contact Carlos Arias on Twitter @PunchyMcGee.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lefthook2daliva on 04-27-2014

Welp, so much for that....

Comment by _original_ on 04-27-2014

[QUOTE=radioraheem;14472881]This fight ended up benefiting Molina, more than it did Matthysse even though he won.[/QUOTE] Well it showed Molina isn't the pushover many billed him as prior to the fight. I don't really see how this fight hurts Matthysse unless…

Comment by radioraheem on 04-27-2014

[QUOTE=_original_;14472872]Winning a FOTY candidate is a pretty big statement I'd say.[/QUOTE] This fight ended up benefiting Molina, more than it did Matthysse even though he won.

Comment by _original_ on 04-27-2014

[QUOTE=PunchyPotorff;14472845]Looks like Molina was right. Matthysse did NOT make a statement other than that will probably be one of the last great wins he has.[/QUOTE] Winning a FOTY candidate is a pretty big statement I'd say.

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-27-2014

Looks like Molina was right. Matthysse did NOT make a statement other than that will probably be one of the last great wins he has.

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