Both the manager and promoter of IBF junior middleweight titleholder Carlos Molina have confirmed reports that the boxer is in Mexico City following his release from a holding cell in New Mexico earlier this week. Molina had been moved last month — approximately three weeks ago — from the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, where he had been held since his arrest on March 4.
Molina had been wanted in Wisconsin for obstruction and failing to register as a sex offender dating back to July 2006, a warrant for which was filed in January 2007, according to a Clark County Detention Center spokesperson. U.S. immigration officials said Molina was deported in 2006.
"He's not an American citizen, he's a citizen of Mexico," said Molina's promoter, Leon Margules, of Warriors Boxing. "He was a permanent resident of the United States before he got convicted of a crime."
Molina's arrest forced the cancelation of his scheduled March 8 optional defense against Jarmall Charlo, who ended up facing Hector Munoz on April 26 instead.
"Carlos has been released. He is here with me in Mexico City. He's happy to be able to continue his career and to defend his IBF belt. So we're here and training," according to his manager, Luis DeCubas Sr.
"We'll be ready to go within the next six weeks or two months whenever we have lined up to make a fight. We'll be ready to fight soon. We're going to be working on something real quick. We're working on a couple of things. We've got the mandatory to deal with with Cornelius Bundrage, and we'll see what happens."
Molina defeated Ishe Smith by split decision for the IBF belt on September 14. He has until June 14 to make the mandatory defense of his belt or risk being stripped, according to IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker.
"On May 14, unless I get a request from both sides saying that they need more time, a letter is going to go out on May 15 calling for a purse bid," said Tucker. "The purse bid will be anywhere within 10 days of May 15. If the letter goes out on May 15, the earliest we would do the purse bid is on May 25. So May 15 is the day that, more than likely, we would do it."
Whether or not Molina can defend his title on American soil "totally depends on what the court decides," said Margules.
"He certainly can do it in Mexico, and he certainly can do it anywhere else in the world. He may or may not be able to do it in America, for the time being.
"He's scot-free in Mexico, but he is not scot-free in the U.S., but we're moving forward in that direction in the U.S., and, hopefully, we'll be able to resolve all of this stuff within the next six months to a year.
"It's a process. But for the time being, he is in Mexico. He had a hearing scheduled for May 29, but it's going to get moved because he can't make it on May 29. We had hoped to have all of this resolved by then, but it's not all resolved."