Carlos Molina to Light Up ‘Friday Night Fights’

By: Brandon Stubbs

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The career for Carlos Molina has been a hard knock to say the least. He fought a close highly contested draw with current middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2005, and then lost a majority decision in 2006 in their rematch. He next went on to lose a bruising eight majority decision against hard hitting undefeated Mike Alvarado. He reeled off nine straight wins and looked to have his career back on track.

Well, then came his fight with Erislandy Lara last year. The fight was close but I and many other boxing insiders seen Molina as the winner; sadly the judges didn’t. Carlos suffered yet another majority draw in a fight he deserved to win and this was yet another step backwards.  He pulled things back together and got two more W’s and got yet another big name and big fight; this time it was James Kirkland.

As in all of Carlos’s fights, this was another close and highly contested bout, but this time around he lost via disqualification. His corner came in the ring as the ref was giving an eight count at the end of round ten after Carlos was knocked down. That is a no-no and the ref was forced to call an end to the bout. At the time of the end of the bout Carlos was up on two of the three judges cards. Like I said before his career has been hard knock.

Maybe things are starting to turn around for him. Friday night he will headline ESPN’S season finale of “Friday Night Fights”. He moves in to this slot after previous main event Adonis Stevenson injured his hand and had to drop out of his fight. This could finally be viewed as some good karma for a guy who has had some tough luck in the sport.

Now, he will still need to take care of business in the ring. He will take on 19(W)-4(L)-1(D) Damian Frias, a winner of three in a row, with all of those being TKO’s. Let’s hope Carlos’s luck will break for the better and bigger fights and TV time awaits him in the near future.


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