By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Antonio DeMarco relies on power and aggression to compliment his boxing skills. So does John Molina, who will face DeMarco on September 8th. Both boxers may not have fought on big stages as have Andre Ward, Chad Dawson, or Vitaly Klitschko (All three men will fight on September 8th). However, both men could take a big step forward, solidifying their place at or near the top of the lightweight division with a victory over one another. Not only that, but their crowd-pleasing styles could make their clash the fight of the night on September 8th.
DeMarco will defend his world title belt against Molina at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. The bout will be televised live on HBO, along with the 12 round clash between unified super middleweight champion Andre Ward and light heavyweight world title holder Chad Dawson.
Also on the telecast will be Vitaly Klitschko defending his world title belt against Manuel Charr. The bout will originate from the Olympiyskiy in Moscow, Russia.
DeMarco (27-2-1, 20 KOs) will defend the belt he won in dramatic fashion on October 15th at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. Down on all cards, DeMarco came rallied to stop Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares in the 11th round.
DeMarco relied on determination and grit to overcome that obstacle, something that his promoter Gary Shaw said was the reason the Tijuana resident survived a rough part of his life.
“In his quest to become a fighter, DeMarco arrived to Tijuana and didn’t have money or food to eat. He ate out of garbage cans, which I admit is hard for me to understand. That shows that his desire to succeed is beyond a belt or money. He’s a true Mexican warrior.”
Dan Goossen, who promotes Molina, agreed.
“DeMarco is a great champion.”
Both styles of DeMarco and Molina compliment one another well. Both come forward, throw a lot of punches, and both fighters hit hard.
Few boxing pundits and fans will be surprises if the fight will go the distance.
“This will be a war for as long as it lasts,” said Goossen. “It will be exciting and a great fight.”
Goossen is high on Molina to defeat DeMarco and become a world title holder on September 8th.
The longtime Southern California promoter has promoted the Covina, CA resident for over three years.
“One thing that I saw in Molina is that he has the desire to go out and fight. Not only does he have the determination, but also has heart an willpower. He’s a fighter who goes out there and takes care of business.”
“He wants to go out on September 8th and bring home a world title to Los Angeles.”
As both fighters met at Sisley’s Italian Kitchen in the Los Angeles suburb of Sherman Oaks, there was no trash-talk between the two. Just respect and confidence that each man would be victorious.
“This has been a dream I’ve had since I was 10 years old,” said Molina (241, 19 KOs), who won an eight round unanimous decision over Miguel Munguia on June 23rd. It was his first fight in a year.
“I’m not coming to just fight. I’m coming to win. He has what I want and that is that title. I’m on that seek and destroy mission. Afterwards, we can go out to dinner.”
DeMarco will be making the second title defense of his world title belt. He was knocked out Miguel Roman in the fifth round on March 17th.
“I respect Molina a lot. Outside of the ring, we have the same profession. I have a great hunger to retain my title. We will both fight, but the real winners will be the fans. There will not be a loser that night.”