By Francisco Salazar
Lightweight John Molina has been itching to get back in the ring and build upon his victory from his last fight. He will be able to do that close to home. Molina will step back in the ring on Friday, June 24th when he takes on crafty fighter Robert Frankel in a 10 round bout at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA, promoter Dan Goossen confirmed to Fightnews.com on Saturday night. The bout will headline an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card.
“The goal is to get him a title shot after June 24th (with a victory over Frankel),” said Goossen, who has promoted Molina for about two and a half years.
Molina, (21-1, 17 KO’s) from nearby Covina, has not fought since July, when he stopped previously-unbeaten Henry Lundy in the 11th round of a scheduled 12 round bout. Molina was down considerably on all three scorecards before stopping the Philadelphia-based fighter.
Goossen also told Fightnews.com that Molina will fight in a tune-up bout this Saturday night at the BlueWater Resort and Casino in Parker, AZ. Molina will take on Alejandro Rodriguez (12-2, 6 KO’s) in a 10 round bout for a regional title belt.
Molina has won his last three bouts in a row, all by knockouts, since suffering his only defeat at the hands of Martin Honorio in November of 2009. Ironically, that bout also took place at the Pechanga Resort and Casino.
Although Molina won a regional title with the victory over Lundy, the 28 year old is eager for a shot at a belt against any of the 135-pound world title holders.
Frankel, (28-10-1, 5 KO’s) from Denver, CO, has fought above-average competition throughout his career with mixed results. Notable victories for Frankel were decision victories over Bobby Pacquiao, Ricardo Dominguez, Ramon Montano, and former contender Micheal Stewart. He has suffered defeats at the hands of David Torres, Dmitry Salita, and majority decision losses to David Diaz and Jesus Rodriguez.
Also on the card will be a clash between once-beaten fighters Mike Dallas and Mauricio Herrera. They will do battle in a 10 round bout.