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Molina Took Several Notes From Ishida's Upset of Kirkland

By Ryan Burton

BoxingScene.com recently spoke to Carlos Moloina who takes on James Kirkland on Saturday in Houston, Texas. The fight is HBO's co-featured bout to the Erik Morales-Danny Garcia main event.

Molina said that he took note of what the relatively unknown (at the time) Nobuhiro Ishida was able to do to Kirkland this past April when he shocked the Texan by knocking him out in the first round of their fight that many boxing pundits called The Upset of the Year.

"You saw in the Ishida fight the first time he went down with the left and the second time with the right. I watched the way he (Ishida) was pivoting and used his reach even though I don't have that reach advantage and also just the way he pressured him," Molina explained.  "He was aggressive from the first round. You can see if you can catch him you can hurt him," he continued.

The Chicago, IL based fighter had a breakthrough 2011. He started the year off battling the then undefeated Erislandy Lara to a controversial draw (many felt Molina deserved the nod).  He then reeled off wins against Allen Conyers and Kermit Cintron.  Molina said that he is exictied to face Kirkland and wants to face the best fighters in the junior middleweight division.

"I was excited (when he learned he would be fighting Kirkland). This is what I want. I want tough fights. I don't want to be handed a WBC belt or any other belt. I want to prove that I am the best at 154 and this (brings) me one step closer to proving that," Molina told BoxingScene.  

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 03-22-2012

Molina is like a carbon copy of Kirkland, except Kirkland has real power. That tilts the fight in favor of Kirkland. When both guys do the same thing but one has that advantage, it sways things. BUT, having said that,…

Comment by SkillspayBills on 03-22-2012

[QUOTE=JoeWbbmest311;11918480]No you're not, Molina is winning this fight.:boxing:[/QUOTE] Want to bet on that?

Comment by bigcursedawg on 03-22-2012

[QUOTE=jsfd26;11918268]Lol what kind of notes can you take from that fight except that Kirkland has a weak chin? He was done from the first knockdown xD. On a serious note, that's the wrong fight to take notes from. I'm pretty…

Comment by TX_BOXNG on 03-22-2012

molina gots this im excited that he finally gona get some exposure

Comment by nycsmooth on 03-22-2012

get that quick right over Kirks low jab hand & pull the upset...keep the jab pumping and keep him turning...easier said but that's the trick...

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