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  Throwback Fighter John Molina

Report & Photos By William Trillo


If any fighter truly exemplifies an old school style and mentality it's top lightweight John Molina (21-1,17 KO's). In the mold of fighters from days gone by Molina is scheduled to have 2 fights over the course of one month. On May 28th Molina will head to Arizona to take on Alejandro Rodriguez (12-2,2 KO's) with the WBC USNBC belt at stake and then on June 24th Molina will be the headliner on an ESPN card as he takes on Robert Frankel (28-10-1,5 KO's) in the televised main event from Pechanga Resort & Casino.

I have had the chance to speak with Molina over the course of the past few months and I have found him to be an engaging young man with a good head on his shoulders. He has a firm grasp on his career and the goals he has set.

Molina has cracked the top 10 in two sanctioning bodies now and he knows his time is at hand, like his fan friendly style in the ring Molina has no plans on taking any backward steps with his career and he has his eyes set on the WBC title, says Molina, "I want that green belt, it is still the top prize in boxing!"

Molina has made two significant changes on his team that he hopes will shift his title run into high gear. Molina told Pound4Pound that his Father had always managed his career but he has recently picked up the services of Sergio Diaz Jr. Diaz had guided the careers of fighters like Antonio Margarito and Jesus Soto Karras, two warriors who also don't know the meaning of a backward step. Molina should fit in perfectly with his new stablemates, no one will ever say Molina does not come to the ring to fight.

Molina has also made a change in trainers and now will be under the tutelage of Mario and Ramon Morales. As I watched Molina work out on Monday at George Valdez's Muay Thai Boxing Gym in Whittier CA, you could see they have already forged a team that should pay huge dividends right away.

With his wife Neda close at hand keeping a watchful eye Molina went through a grueling 90 minute workout with the Morales brothers as they fine tuned his skills for his upcoming battles.

If there is one fighter to keep your eye on it's John Molina who said that 2011 will be his breakout year and his title aspirations are soon to follow.

Pound4Pound would like to thank John for inviting us down to his workout and we wish him the best over his next two fights and the remainder of his career.


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