Team Kirkland Targeting Carlos Molina Fight Next
By Ryan Maquiñana
One week after his thrilling war against Alfredo Angulo where he withstood a first-round flooring to stop the Mexican in the sixth round, the reborn James Kirkland and his team are already looking at their next challenge at junior middleweight.
“They’re talking about [Sergio] Martinez at 160, and Lara, but I’d rather see [Kirkland] fight Carlos Molina,” said Cameron Dunkin, Kirkland’s manager.
Molina has suddenly become the most avoided fighter in the 154-pound division after a controversial draw with Erislandy Lara that many thought he won as well as pitching a virtual shutout against Kermit Cintron.
“The fight makes sense. Molina’s a good fighter. He beat Cintron, [and] should have beaten Lara. We’d like that fight next.”
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 www.maqdown.com or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.
I'll bet all my chips on molina if that fights made.Comment by MarcianoFan on 11-13-2011
Kirkland-K9 would be a really fun slugfest.Comment by Heru on 11-13-2011
This fight makes little sense for Kirkland. Even if he wins, Molina just doesn't let you look good. Fight K9, Trout, or whoever has the WBO title, you deserve a shot at a title. Molina has proved himself to be…Comment by MarcianoFan on 11-13-2011
This is an odd choice for Kirkland. Not that it's not a good and compelling fight, but it seems it's a moderate-risk, low-reward kind of fight since Molina still doesn't really get his due in terms of public recognition. Seems…Comment by SkillspayBills on 11-13-2011
I want Kirk to be fighting for the strap but this is definitely a bout that gets the blood boiling. Make it happen!Post a Comment/View More User Comments (29)