By: The Mad Boxing Genius
March 25th, 2011, was the first fight that Jr. Middleweight fighter Carlos Molina (18-4) had in over 21-months – not the inactivity a young fighter needs to endure while attempting to become a major player in the sport of kings. But before that time, Carlos Molina known as “King Carlos”, signed on with another “king”, legendary promoter Don King. This move was to help the already top 10 ranked fighter challenge for his first world title against Cory Spinks. Business was definitely looking good in Carlos’ court!
Unfortunately, a grey cloud started to come in over the Kingdom and all wasn’t what it appeared to be.
The signing with Don King although seemed like a dream before hand, turned into a nightmare for the contender. He lost his title opportunity when Spinks entered training camp heavier than normal and would not be ready by fight time…fight cancelled. Then, disputes with Don King Promotions (DKP) reared its ugly head stalled his career – keeping him inactive and thus losing his top 10 ranking.
Once his disputes with DKP ended, the Molina camp started focusing on rebuilding. However, 2011 has been more than a rebuilding year… it has been thus far a breakout year for the one-time ranked boxer from Chicago by way of Mexico.
Not wasting any time, in March of this year, Carlos Molina took on the undefeated Cuban sensation Erislandy Lara. Not many people were expecting much from Molina, some were even expecting him to be stopped. But, the young charge made the most of his ESPN2 Friday Night Fight appearance and gave Erislandy Lara the toughest fight of his career. The decision did not go Molina’s way but it did not go Lara’s way either. It officially ended as a majority draw, not bad for someone who was supposed to get KTFO! Win, lose or draw, Molina put everyone on noticed that he was coming back for his ranking and his title shot.
Not too long after, King Carlos was back on ESPN2 and on 1 weeks notice he fought Allen Conyers (12-5). Molina is not known for stopping fighters (6 K.O.’s in 18 wins), but he stopped his foe in less than 7 full rounds.
Now it looks like that Molina is going to get a bit of a reward for all his efforts this year. This July 9th, Molina will be thrown into a brighter spotlight as the co-feature on Showtime’s telecast of WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios vs. Urbano Antillon. He’ll be trading fists with former welterweight titlist Kermit Cintron with the winner getting a big high profile fight as promised by Top Rank’s Carl Moretti (contract weight of 152 lbs).
And much like a true king, he’s not taking this or any threat to the kingdom lightly. Although Kermit Cintron is a legit world class fighter in the Jr. Middleweight division, he will be coming off a 14-month layoff – his first fight since his 4 round debacle against Paul Williams when he fell out of the ring and was carried out of the arena. “If he’s been off 14-months, it doesn’t matter. Before I fought (Erislandy) Lara I was off 21-months and I felt pretty good,” says Molina, and he should know!
This upcoming fight against the power punching Cintron may be the last fight before he gets his much awaited title shot or at least another attention grabbing fight if he proves victorious.
“The King” is fighting for the third time this year come July and may even fight again before the year is out – re-establishing himself in the sport of kings. He is wasting no time cleaning his court and putting everyone on notice at 154 pounds that he’s returned. “It feels good to be back”, says Molina. His opponents may not share his enthusiasm!
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