James Kirkland was the first choice to replace injured Paul Williams in the September 15 fight against WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but that matchup fell apart within 24 hours after the Kirkland Team allegedly increased their purse demands from $1 million to $2.5 million. So Golden Boy is now seeking a new opponent for Canelo. Among those raising their hands are “King” Gabriel Rosado (20-5, 12 KOs) and Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs).
Rosado: “Let Canelo step up to the plate and fight a real man. They keep going over the same old names. Carlos Quintana? Please, give me a break. Carlos Molina? Get real! Those guys can’t hurt my sister….“if TV wants action, I’m their man. If they’re just looking for a pretty face with a pretty record, then they can choose one of those phony contenders. My day will come!”
Molina: “Hell yeah I want that fight! Every time I fight somebody, it seems like they get to fight Canelo after that. Kirkland was the second time it was going to happen. First time was with Kermit Cintron, whom I beat. Now they’re talking about giving the fight to Erislandy Lara that I had a controversial draw with… What can I do? I’m in the gym training. I’m ready for anyone, Canelo, anybody.”