Unbeaten junior middleweight prospect Oscar Molina, a 2012 Mexican Olympian, will likely spend the next four months recovering from labrum surgery on his left shoulder that was performed on Dec. 20, his promoter, Dan Goossen, announced on Friday.
Molina was operated on by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers and a consultant at Kerlan Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles, where the surgery took place.
Co-promoted by Promotiones del Pueblo, Molina (8-0, 7 knockouts), who turned 24 on Thursday, was scheduled to fight on Jan. 24 at Little Creek Resort in Shelton, Wash., and had last been in the ring scoring his seventh consecutive knockout in the fourth round over Carlos Sanchez in November.
Also a consultant to the Anaheim Ducks, St. Louis Rams, LA Lakers, LA Kings and the PGA Tour, ElAttrache is the same man who twice operated on former two-time welterweight beltholder Andre Berto, reparing a ruptured subscapularis (under the shoulder blade) tendon in his right arm last August, and of laswt and Berto’s ruptured left biceps in February of 2012.
Oscar Molina, meanwhile, plans to work the corner of his twin brother, welterweight Javier Molina (14-1, 6 KOs), who will meet former junior welterweight titleholder Kendall Holt (28-6, 16 KOs) on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on Jan. 24.
Holt, 32, is attempting to rebound from an eighth-round stoppage loss to IBF 140-pound titleholder Lamont Peterson in February. Javier Molina, 2008 U.S. Olympian, was last in the ring for first-round knockout of Francisco Javier Parra in June.
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