By Lee Bates
When Carlos Molina (14-4-1, 5 KOs) takes on power punching Alexis Camacho (17-1, 16 KOs) this Friday on ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights he will more than likely enter the bout as the underdog. This will be nothing new for Molina who has made a habit of only fighting top notch competition. Though he only has 19 professional bouts, in seven of them his opponent entered undefeated. During a four-fight stretch in which he had 3 losses and 1 draw his opponents had a combined record of 48-0-1. Molina fought well in all those bouts and has never been stopped as a professional. Two of those fights were against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. where he had a draw in the first fight and close decision loss in the second fight. Some thought that Molina did enough to win the first fight. Molina has since reeled of six consecutive wins and is looking to pull off the upset in his first national televised main event.
Fightnews caught up with Molina as he is just days away from his biggest fight of his career to date. Molina spoke on turning his career around, fighting in his first nationally televised main event, and what type of fight fans should expect between he and Camacho.
How have you been able to turn your career around?
I never got down on myself. Even in my losses I was more than just competitive in those fights. Some of the fights could have gone either way. The losses were learning experiences and I’m very much improved fighter.
You also don’t have a promoter but you’ve been able to reel off six wins in a row. How do you attribute that success without the help of a promoter?
I have to give a lot credit to my manager Saul Rodriguez. He believed in me at a time when my career on paper didn’t look so promising. It’s hard to get fights without a promoter but Saul has been able to make it work and get me fair fights. You can’t ask for more than that as a fighter.
The fight that really first got you known was your first fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Mexico which was a draw. What do you remember about that fight?
What I remember about that fight was prior to the fight people were talking amongst each other that I was going to get knocked out by Chavez Jr., but after the fight was over and the decision was read the crowd was chanting my name. It’s something I won’t forget.
Your 5 kos in your 14 wins seems to indicate that you’re not a big puncher. Do you see this as weakness against a harder puncher like Camacho?
Honestly my KO percentage is very deceptive. I hit a lot harder than most would think. I also take a very good punch and have only been down once in my career.
Have you seen Camacho fight?
I’ve seen videos of him and he comes forward and that works for me. I like toe-to-toe fights. It’s a tough fight for sure but I’m ready for challenge. The fans should expect a very exciting main event come this Friday with our styles of boxing.
Do you feel any added pressure fighting in your first nationally televised main event?
I don’t feel pressured. I’m really looking forward to this fight and putting on exciting crowd pleasing fight.