By John Cannon
WBC Latino Cruiserweight champion Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina sat down with FightNews and talked about 2009 and what 2010 has in store for him as he prepares for his upcoming bout as a part of the “Top Rank Live” show on February 6 at the McAllen Convention Center.
Well Eric, 2009 has come and gone and it seemed like you had quite a year. Talk a little bit about what you accomplished in 2009?
John, I must say that 2009 was a very successful year for me. In fact I was reminiscing on New Year’s Eve and everything that was accomplished. Not only did I defend my Texas Title Belt a few times and win the Latino title, but I also juggled school and training as well and even got one of my degrees already. But it has all been worth it and no matter how good this past year was, 2010 has to be much better.
I understand you were going through a lot during your training as you were preparing for the Latino title. Is that true?
It was real tough both physically and emotionally. I went through a very intense training and about halfway through it, my brother ended up in the hospital with a heart condition. It was extremely tough trying to keep my focus with everything I was going through. But when the fight was over and won the title and saw my brother in attendance, I was relieved and it was just so special that he could be there with me.
Speaking of training, is it true that you have a new trainer?
Yes I do. I am working with Luis Zarazoa out of Harlingen. The reason I went with Luis is because of the drive. Being that I am in Brownsville at school all day, it is exhausting having to drive all the way back and forth to McAllen every day and it is an extra two to three hour drive round trip. Now I am only 20 minutes from my training and my house as well.
I heard that you had gotten sick just recently and had to lay off training for a while. What happened?
I had some stomach problems for three weeks and ended up having some blockage in my stomach. It got to a point where it affected my body and I gained 20 pounds. I was pretty scared about that but luckily it cleared up and now I am back to work.
You are starting 2010 off on the right foot as you will be fighting on the upcoming Top Rank show in McAllen. How excited are you about this opportunity?
I am very excited about this opportunity. Top Rank is one of the biggest promotion companies in the world and I am ready to put on a good show. I am planning to go in and turn some heads that night.
Eric, you have gotten used to fighting in the main event of the majority of your last fights. Now I hear you are going to be the opening bout of the night. How do you feel about that?
It is going to feel weird. But it is to be expected because they are bringing in some of their top prospects to headline the card. I am just grateful I was one of the two local fighters to fight on the card.
What would you do if Top Rank was interested in pursuing you?
To be honest, I would be interested to talk to anyone if they were to show an interest in me and if Top Rank happens to be one of them, I would definitely look into it. However I would have to sit down with my promoter Anthony Cavazos and we would decide if it is the right move for me to make. We would look at the pros and cons and go from there. All that matters to me is that I keep fighting.
Well Eric, I just have one more question for you. 2009 was a magical year for you. What do you plan to do to make 2010 even more magical?
Great question John. Again I am going to revert to New Year’s Eve because I did a lot of reflecting that night. I had a vision in my head and it involved the summer time. I am currently working on a little wall of fame and so far I have one of my college degrees there, my Texas Title Belt, and the WBC Latino title. However something seems to be missing. I want to put a world title in that fourth spot and will not stop till I get it. I am looking to break into the top 15 cruiserweights in the world and the am looking at something huge for the summer.