Chicago-based Carlos Molina told RingTV.com in this Q&A that he just wants a fight, whether it be at welterweight or junior middleweight.
But it seems as if Molina’s the type of figher a lot of guys just don’t want to mess with.
“Honestly, to me, it seems like he’s up there now in the ratings, but it’s more the way that he has an awkward style as a fighter who applies a lot of pressure. Nobody wants to deal with that. Not even his sparring partners want to work with him,” said Molina’s trainer Victor Mateo.
“It kind of reminds me of a book that I read about Roberto Duran. He used to tear up all of his sparring partners and they didn’t want to face him. I heard tht Mike Tyson was the same way. I feel that we’re doing the same thing sometimes. It’s hard to even get the heavier guys to work with him, let along the welterweights and the middleweights.”
The 28-year-old Molina’s unbeaten streak of 11-0-1 with two knockouts includes having sandwiched a victory over two-time welterweight beltwinner Kermit Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KOs) in July and a draw with then-unbeaten southpaw Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) in March around a seventh-round stoppage of Allen Conyers in April.
The run also includes a unanimous decision over welterweight contender Ed Paredes (27-3-1, 17 KOs) in April of 2009. Since losing to Molina, Paredes has gone 6-0-1, with four knockouts.
Early on, Molina battled through a draw, and, a six-round majority decision loss to current WBC middleweight beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs) in December of 2005 and 2006, respectively.
Having rebounded from the loss to Molina with a a 10-round unanimous decision over Antwone Smith (20-3-1, 12 KOs) in August, Cintron has an HBO-televised clash with WBC junior middleweight beltholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KOs) o on Nov. 26.
Cintron has battled to a disputed draw with RING middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs), been stopped twice by ex-beltholder Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) and lost a controversial decision to former two-time beltholder Paul Williams (39-2, 27 KOs).
In his next fight after Molina, Lara lost a controversial decision to Williams in July — on the same night that Molina whipped Cintron — that most ringsiders thought that he had won.
So where does all of this leave Molina?
Apparently without an opponent in the forseeable future, according to Mateo. Molina’s camp has even taken a shot at getting unbeaten welterweight contender Mike Jones (25-0, 19 KOs).
“First we tried with Mike Jones, and we would have gone to 147 to do that. His people got back to us and said, ‘not right now, but maybe next year,’ so that didn’t do through,” said Mateo. “But then, we tried the Paul Williams thing, and that’s still up in the air. That’s just about it.”
Molina spoke to RingTV.com concerning his career, below.
RingTV.com: So how are you doing and what are you doing nowadays?
Carlos Molina: I’m good. I’m just going to the gym and working out and going to the gym and getting ready for whatever fight comes my way.
I don’t have anything ready or lined up yet. I guess that they’re negotiating a couple of them, but a couple of them didn’t happen.
RingTV.com: Which ones didn’t happen?
CM: Mike Jones, Vanes Martirosyan. Those two, and, so far we’ll see what happens with Paul Williams. We’ll see when he’s fighting or if he wants to fight me. Hopefully, that one will go through.
RingTV.com: Will you fight anybody?
CM: Yeah, I’ll fight anybody. Anybody who wants to fight me at 147 or at 154. You know, I don’t know why they won’t fight me. Maybe it’s too much of a risk for them to lose against me now.
I think that not just that the fighters might not want to fight me, but also, maybe their handlers and their managers and their promoters that don’t want to risk it.
But, you know, I think that sooner or later, somebody is going to have to let me in and let me fight one of these top guys. I want to fight somebody in the top 10. Anybody in the top 10.
RingTV.com: Are you going to watch Angulo-Kirkland, and, if you do, what do you think your thoughts will be given that you beat Cintron, who beat Angulo?
CM: I guess that it kind of makes me feel good, because I feel that I can beat a lot of these guys. Not just because Cintron beat Angulo, because styles make fights.
But, you know, they’re not even giving me the calls or calling me for these fights.
RingTV.com: Will you watch Angulo-Kirikland on Saturday night?
CM: Yeah, I’ll be definitely watching it. I don’t know where, but I will probably be with a couple of friends or with some family watching it. I think that it’s going to be a good fight. I want to watch that one.
I’ll watch that one and I want to watch the Lucian Bute-Glen Johnson fight on the same night. That should be a good one too.
RingTV.com: Did you feel that you beat Lara, and, if so, what were your thoughts after Lara went on to lose a controversial decison to Williams in his very next fight?
CM: I felt that the reason that Williams took that fight with Lara is because everybody thought that Lara looked bad against me, and that I was considered to be a nobody.
They were saying, “Carlos who?” You know? They were trying to get him a big fight with Paul Williams, which turned out to be alright because I wound up getting a big fight out of it with Cintron.
Maybe mine wasn’t as big as his, but it was against Kermit Cintron, and so it’s actually good that Lara went and did well against Paul Williams. That made me look good too, I guess, in a way.
RingTV.com: Did you feel any validation given that on the same night that Lara looked good against Williams, that you beat Cintron, who had also lost what had been a competitive if not controversial fight to Williams?
CM: I mean, it is what it is. I just keep going, you know, no matter what they say or what anybody says. If you know that you’re good, you just have to keep up your motivation and keep working out.
You have to hope that eventually they will give you the credit that you deserve. You just keep going and keep on rolling with the punches. You do that every day. I just don’t let it affect me.
I just feel like I’m a positive person, and I’m going to remain a positive person no matter what. I’m happy no matter what. I feel like my opportunity is going to come. I’m just ready for it. Hopefully, it will come soon.
I feel like I could fight the winner of the Angulo-Kirkland fight. I’m just waiting my turn. I’m going to just continue to work and train my hardest and just keep winning and hopefully, it will come to the point where I can’t be denied.
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