Eric Molina Resumes Career, Gets Majority Nod Win in Return

Heavyweight contender Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina is not ready to call it a career just yet.

For the first time since getting demolished last December by IBF, WBA, IBO champion Anthony Joshua, Molina headlined a card on Saturday night as part of the Xtreme Fight Night 4 boxing show at South Texas Fighting Academy in Palmhurst.

Molina (26-4, 19 KOs) won a six round majority decision over journeyman Jamal Woods (13-36-7) of Arkansas with scores of 57-57, 58-56, 59-55.


Woods is one of those journeyman fighters who has a tricky style and lost a lot of close decisions to up and coming prospects over the years, and he also has a good chin.

Molina realized before the contest every took place, that he would be in for a real fight.

“We knew that Jamal Woods is a 55-fight veteran who has fought against the greats all over the world,” Molina said to the Valley Morning Star. “I knew he was going to be tough and take my shots. I knew he was going to come in and give me some good rounds. He’s gone against every top heavyweight in the division. It was just a matter of getting in there and throwing some leather around (and getting the win).

“I’m blessed. I’ve been doing this for more than 10 years now. I do this to inspire these younger guys (students). I’ve taken my losses and I’ve always bounced back. If I can inspire just one person, it’s all worth it.”

Molina will continue with his day job as a special education teacher and he intends to get back to the gym, to train for his next fight.

“People fail to realize that as I box, I have my role as a teacher, too,” he said. “I want to continue in that role and represent my (Edinburg) school district, my community, and of course, the Valley. That’s my story and it will continue to be told.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 09-05-2017

[QUOTE=astel1;18016006]Wow. I looked at this Jamal Woods record, and only fighters of any name were washed up and fat Kevin Johnson, zhilei zhang and kownacki. And molina is telling that Woods fought the best of the division. Hahaha.[/QUOTE] Well maybe…

Comment by BigZ44 on 09-04-2017

Molina can be in some good fights with fringe contenders at HW. Put him in with guys like Arreola, Martin, Washington, Ruiz etc

Comment by astel1 on 09-04-2017

Wow. I looked at this Jamal Woods record, and only fighters of any name were washed up and fat Kevin Johnson, zhilei zhang and kownacki. And molina is telling that Woods fought the best of the division. Hahaha.

Comment by nycsmooth on 09-04-2017

So many coming back, career reviving a career, want to have another try, a comeback... word it however you want 90% of them are guys grasping for the dollars nothing more their careers are finished, just like Molina &Margarito...

Comment by KillaCamNZ on 09-04-2017

Battling to an MD over a guy with a 13-36-7 record? Yikes.

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