By Sam DiTusa
Carlos Molina looked like just another tough kid from The Windy City of Chicago until he fought Julio Caesar Chavez Jr to a hotly contested draw back in December of 2005. Since then, Molina has fought on ESPN twice, upset a string of opponents, and quietly found himself a home in of all places Tacoma, Washington at the Emerald Queen Casino. Molina,(15-4-1, 7 KOs) takes on another top prospect in Ed Peredes (21-2) on Saturday, April 11th in the ten-round main event at the71st edition of the “Battle at the Boat” series at the Emerald Queen Casino. Molina has captivated the Northwest fans with a rugged style which is hard to figure out. He doesn’t possess great punching power, and his boxing skills don’t remind anyone of Roy Jones or Shane Mosley. Yet Molina’s relentless style which utilizes constant pressure, a high output of punches, and good defense has made him a fan favorite.
Peredes is a bigger and stronger then most welterweights, and he will present different challenges for Molina. They have a recent opponent in common, Jailer Berrios, whom Peredes KO’d, and Molina went the ten rounds to win a unanimous decision. However you add it up, it looks like an interesting ten round fight.
The undercard is shaping up to be a succession of 4 and 6 round wars headlined by Tacoma’s Will Hughes( 3-1, 3 KOs) in a six-rounder against Dashon Johnson (4-2-2, 2 KOs) from Escondido now fighting out of Seattle. This has all the flavor of a true crosstown rivalry with two very heavy-handed welterweights who like to slug.
Batkhuu Oegonchuluun (1-0, 1 KO) is an interesting southpaw who fought a boat load of Muay Thai fights before his pro debut. He has showed enough talent to warrant the Tacoma fight crowd to take a close look at him. He takes on Jose Gomez (2-2) in a three round super lightweight fight.
Also added will be a barnburner between two Canadian middleweights as Aubrey Morrow (2-0-1, 2 KOs) battles Ty McDougal (1-0-1). Both are rugged straight forward fighters with a slight edge in speed to Morrow, while McDougal relies on brute strength and a solid body attack.
Three additional bouts featuring Francisco Reyes and other local talent round out the card. The bouts are subject to change, but if this card holds together it promises to be a good one for area fans.
Tickest for Brian Halquist’s “Battle at the Boat 71” can be purchased at the casino box office or any Ticketmaster outlet. The action starts at 7 PM, see you at the fights.