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Molina wants Figueroa next
Lightweight contender John Molina has informed his promoter, Dan Goossen, that he wants to fight undefeated Omar Figueroa Jr.
Molina (26-3, 21 knockouts), who turns 31 in December, is coming off a come-from-behind, 10th and final-round stoppage of previously unbeaten Mickey Bey (18-1-1, 9 KOs).
Meanwhile, Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs) dropped Japan's Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1, 16 KOs) in the second and sixth rounds of this past Saturday's brutal 12-round unanimous decision, a bout that is an early Fight of The Year candidate.
Molina continues to be haunted by last September's 44-second loss to Antonio DeMarco, who cornered Molina and fired upon him repeatedly along the ropes until referee Jack Reiss called a halt to the fight. Had Molina reacted better, he might have taken a knee in order to preserve himself a bit longer in the fight.
Goossen is hopeful of making Figueroa-Molina, since he and Golden Boy are currently involved in negotiations for a potential Sept. 6 clash of heavyweights between Goossen's fighter, Chris Arreola (35-3, 30 KOs), and Golden Boy's Seth Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KOs).
"We're going to definitely bring that up for conversation, yes. A fight between Molina and Figueroa, whether it's in Texas or California," said Goossen.
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