By Ricardo Conde
NABO # 9 lightweight contender John Molina Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) will take on undefeated “Hammerin” Henry Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs) for the NABO lightweight title and will be headlining the “Let Freedom Ring” card on Friday, July 9th at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. on the latest edition of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights which is being promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions.
We had a moment to sit down and talk to Molina about his upcoming bout and here’s what he had to say…
You’re set to face Henry Lundy this Friday, what do you know about him and what are your thoughts on this fight?
I know he’s going to be a tough fight; he’s a champion for a good reason. I know he’s a very athletic fighter; he’s going to try and move around a lot and try to use that athleticism. I’ve prepared myself for a good fight and I think it’s going be a good fight July 9th.
How was training camp going and how do you feel at this point?
Training camp was great, everything went according to plan. When you have someone that’s been in the business like Joe Goossen that’s developed champions and worked with champions and still working with champions it makes it that much easier to be able to do my job which is train and fight. I’ve been with Joe Goossen for a year and a half now and he has a great understanding of boxing and I’m very blessed to have him in my corner. In camp everything went well, my weight is on schedule, training, sparring, everything went well and we’ll be 100% for this fight.
Did you do anything different in this training camp that you haven’t done for your previous fights?
Well, the only thing different I did was the running, I ran in the evening just to try and get acclimated to the East Coast time and the time I’ll be fighting. So I switched my running, I usually ran at 5 in the morning so now I’m running at night, which to be honest I kind of enjoyed because I got to sleep in a little bit and it worked out well.
You’re coming off two impressive wins, by knockout, after your loss to Martin Honorio, what kind of statement are you looking to make in your fight with Lundy?
Well, if the knockout presents itself I’m going to take full advantage of it. I feel like making a statement and letting people know that I’ve arrived and it’s my time to shine come July 9th. I’m very thankful for the opportunity, granted I do have to go back east and I’m going to do what I have to do and like I said I’m full prepared and I can’t wait.
This is the first time you’ll fighting on the East Coast and headlining a televised card, do think there’s any added pressure for you to have a great performance and how does that make you feel?
I felt there would be added pressure but my father and I were talking the other day and I’ve been at this since I was a kid and fighting since I can remember and I have to remember that when I’m in that ring that is my home no matter where I’m fighting and as long as I’m in the ring I’m comfortable so I’m not really worried about the pressure, to me its just another fight.
Should you get past Henry Lundy, who would you like to face in the near future?
Anyone and everyone at 135, who ever my promoter and the matchmakers set me up with I’m ready for anyone so it doesn’t matter. I think the lightweight division is a very competitive; you have Peterson, Brandon Rios, Humberto Soto and myself, I think between 135 and 140 there’s a lot of talent and it’ll make for some exciting fights. I would like to get a world title shot by the end of the year, wining the NABO title is a step in the right direction but the ultimate goal is to win a world title.
Is there anything you would like to tell the boxing fans out there?
I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support and even though it’s not the 4th of July everyone can still expect to see fireworks July 9th, it will be a great fight, thank you.