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 or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by starsjuicebar on 11-13-2011

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!

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