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.