By John Cannon
Lyford native Eric Molina (11-1, 10 KO’s) will get a chance make history in the Rio Grande Valley Saturday night at Mooncusser’s on South Padre Island as he will face Lyford’s Gabriel Holguin (25-6, 9 KO’s) for the vacant WBC Latino Cruiserweight title as a part of “History: WBC Latino Title Belt” promoted by Cavazos Boxing and sponsored by Rio Grande Valley Harley Davidson.
“Right off the bat let me say that it is an honor to be involved in this fight,” said Molina. “I am excited about fighting for the title, and I can guarantee that I am in for a war on Saturday.”
“Holguin is an all around fighter and brings in tons of experience. We are both about the same age and have pros and cons as well. However, I feel that whoever goes in and executes will win the fight.”
Anthony Cavazos, president of Cavazos Boxing, is no stranger to rewriting history in the Valley when it comes to boxing. He was the first one to ever have a world title fight in the Rio Grande Valley when Mercedes native Tomas Barrientes and Emmanuel Augustus battled for the IBA Light Welterweight title in 2004 and put on a WBC Youth World title fight between Harlingen’s James De La Rosa and Francisco Rincon.
Now Cavazos said he is excited about putting Molina in for the WBC Latino belt and hopes that he can keep the winning streak going as Barrientes and De La Rosa both won their respective title shots.
“I have been the only promoter in the Valley to put on three title shots in five years, and I have to say it is pretty exciting being a part of history,” said Cavazos. “Eric Molina could continue the historical journey if he is able to beat Gabriel Holguin Saturday night. But it is going to be a tough fight.”
“Holguin is Eric’s toughest opponent to date and has been in the ring with the likes of Yuri Boy Campas. This is a crossroads fight for Eric, and I can guarantee that it is a big opportunity for him. But the Valley fans will be there to represent Eric, and I know he is going to be ready for this one and wants to make the fans proud.”
Holguin had an opportunity to fight for a WBC title in 2004 and lost by majority decision to Campas. Now, Holguin said that he will not let this title slip out of hands like the last time.
“I fought Campas for the WBC Mundo Hispano title in 2004 and saw it taken from me. But I wont let the Latino title slip out of my hands this time,” said Holguin. “Eric is a good fighter and I respect him as a person. But he has not fought anyone with a reputable record and I have faced former world champions in the past.”
“Also, Eric has never felt a good punch and I can guarantee he will feel mine. I am going to make him shake like a Chihuahua and he will be sorry he stepped into the ring with me. I plan on beating him up real good.”
Usually Molina has a saying that he is going to have to be taken out on a stretcher before he loses a fight. But he is changing the saying for this fight.
“Saturday night I am prepared to die in the ring for that title,” said Molina.