By Jake Donovan
'King' Carlos Molina hasn't been given much reason to feel regal in recent times, but will be given the royal treatment upon his return to the ring.
The former super welterweight champion has been added to the September 19 bill in Ecatepec, Mexico. He will face countryman Juan Carlos Raygoza on a card topped a flyweight title fight between Arely Mucino and Jessica Chavez.
Also on the show, unbeaten featherweight contender Andres 'Jaguarcito' Gutierrez will face Daniel Diaz in a scheduled 10-round clash. Both bouts will air live on Televisa in Mexico.
It has yet to be determined if Molina's fight will be added to the broadcast, but event handlers are eager to have him on the show.
"We look forward to working with 'King' Carlos and his quest to regain a world title," said Oswaldo Kuchle.
Raygoza (11-8-2, 5KOs) has been viewed as a poor man's version of Molina. The 25-year old staggered out to a 7-7-2 career start, but is unbeaten in his last five fights (4-0-1 over that stretch), and is coming off of a six-round decision win in June.
Molina (22-6-2, 6KOs), now 32, has been out of the ring since losing his title to Cornelius Bundrage last October. The setback was the tail end of what turned out to be a miserable 2014 campaign, following the biggest win of his career when he lifted the title from Ishe Smith in Sept. '13.
The win over Smith came on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's 12-round decision over Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, which at the time set industry records as the highest grossing event—at the live gate and in Pay-Per-View revenue generated—in boxing histort.
It was the pinnacle of a hard-luck career in the ring, where he'd landed on the wrong end of several questionable decisions. However, it was nothing compared to what he endured last year, as the Mexico-born, Midwestern U.S.-based spoiler was arrested just days before his eventually canceled title defense versus Jermall Charlo in Las Vegas.
Instead of a fight in the ring, Molina was forced to fend for himself in Clark County (Nevada) Detention Center, on charges of failing to register as a sex offender stemming from a 2001 incident when Molina—18 at the time—had sex with an underage girl. He remained jailed for two months—five weeks in Nevada before being transfered to a holding station in New Mexico—before being released and sent to Mexico City last May, where he trained for his title defense versus Bundrage.
The reign ended with a hard-fought but decisive loss in his lone defense, and has remained in Mexico ever since while hoping to resume his career. With that, a new dream will finally begin on September 19, one where the self-proclaimed 'King' hopes to one day reclaim his crown.
Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com