Bay Area boxer legend Luis Molina, who was San Jose native recently passed away. Molina was the cousin of Bob Santos who manages six-time and four-division world champion Robert Guerrero. Molina was close to Guerrero and was the person who stamped the approval for Bob Santos to the young phenom in the amateurs. Having competed many times in the South Bay as a professional, Molina is the only boxer from San Jose to have fought in the Olympics (1956).
In an era where there was only one champion in a total of eight weight classes, Molina worked his way to the #1 spot, but didn’t get a title shot against Carlos Ortiz who was considered one of the best fighters of that time.
He died at the age of 74 and will be remembered by Team Guerrero and those who loved him in his hometown of San Jose California.
“Luis Molina was a great person and a good friend of mine,” said Robert Guerrero. “I remember very clearly when he came to see me train at age 17 when I first signed with my manager Bob Santos. My condolences go out to his entire family. He will be missed by all who knew him.”
“My cousin Luis was a tremendous person and fighter,” said Bob Santos. “He had an incredible eye for talent. Robert Guerrero was the last fighter he scouted and we all know where “The Ghost” is at today. I’m please that Robert had the opportunity to know him on a personal level because he gave Guerrero advice that is invaluable. He came from an era in boxing that is gone forever. May he rest in peace.”