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Molina: The Underdog No More

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Molina: The Underdog No More

Carlos Molina 2Junior middleweight “King” Carlos Molina will be playing a different role than the one he’s become accustomed to lately when he meets fellow spoiler Allen Conyers in the April 29 main-event broadcast of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the deck of the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Coming off the biggest fight of his career, a majority draw against red-hot Cuban prospect Erislandy Lara that most observers felt he had won, Molina will be entering the ring as the favorite.

He’s not used to that.

“I’m usually the underdog,” laughs the 27-year-old Chicagoan via Mexico. “But it doesn’t affect me at all. When you’re the favorite, you go do what you’re supposed to do and not worry about anybody else.”

Back in 2009, Molina (17-4-2, 5 KOs) had put together an excellent nine-fight string of victories over fighters he was not expected to beat including Alexis Camacho (then 17-1); current WBO #9-rated Ed Paredes (then 21-2); and Danny Perez (then 34-5) for the WBO NABO Light Middleweight title. The Perez victory even put Molina in the top 15 of their world ratings. Unfortunately after that fight, Molina spent nearly two years inactive because of a contract dispute with his former promoter, Don King.

The layoff following the Perez win was not the first time bad luck or politics had affected his career. In 2005, Molina scored what should have been a breakthrough victory over “Son of a Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. only to be given a draw on the scorecards. The two fought again in 2006 and this time Molina dropped a questionable majority decision.

“According to my trainer, I’ve only lost one fight. It was close but I was knocked down once and that was the difference.”

Molina prepares at the JABB Gym in Chicago with longtime trainers Victor Mateo and Lou Askenette. Coming off 20 months on the shelf to put in a surprisingly strong performance against Lara, he explains, was the result of never having stopped training, even during the dispute with King. “That’s why I took the fight with Lara, to get back to where I left off. I was always in the gym. I was running and working out five days a week and focusing on trying to improve things.”

Similar to Conyers, Molina had only six amateur fights before turning pro. “I didn’t like fighting only three rounds. I said ‘you train that hard for three rounds?’ I said I might as well turn.”

The pair share several similarities, a fact Molina is well aware of. “He looks like he’s in the same situation as me: no manger and no promoter, taking fights against undefeated guys. He’s a tough guy, but I’ll just work my defense and not get hit.”

Not getting hit much in ten-round fight against a world-class opponent? Now that’s a role Molina is used to.

On fight night, doors will open at 4:30 pm. The first fight is at 5:00 pm and the main event will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.

 

The Cosmopolitan proudly presents another uniquely glamorous evening of world-class professional boxing; and this time, overlooking the heart of The Strip on the open-air multilevel deck of the city’s most fabulous luxury pool, The Boulevard Pool. Tickets are on sale now and are priced at $50, $150 and $250 for the VIP experience, which includes a private section with comfortable seating and complimentary cocktails. Special Cabana packages also are available. Tickets are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or by calling 877-551-7776 or 702-698-6880.

About The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a unique luxury resort offering a decidedly different perspective, situated in the heart of The Strip.  The resort’s uniquely vertical multi-tower design offers spectacular views of the vibrant city. The new 2,995-room resort features oversized, residential-style living spaces with expansive, one-of-a-kind private terraces. The Cosmopolitan’s luxurious resort amenities include a 100,000-square-foot casino; Sahra Spa & Hammam; three unique pool experiences at The Pool District; Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan, a multi-level integrated nightclub; and 150,000 square feet of state-of-the-art convention and meeting space. An eclectic lineup of new-to-market retailers include AllSaints Spitalfields, Beckley, CRSVR Sneaker Boutique, DNA2050, Droog, Molly Brown’s Swimwear, Retrospecs & Co, Skins 6|2 Cosmetics and STITCHED. Signature restaurants include Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill by restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg; Comme Ça by Los Angeles Chef David Myers; Estiatorio Milos, by international restaurateur Costas Spiliadis; Holsteins from Block 16 Hospitality; Jaleo and China Poblano restaurants by acclaimed Chef José Andrés; Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. by award-winning Chef Scott Conant; and popular steakhouse STK from The ONE Group.

 

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