By Miguel Maravilla
While a fighter with the same name recently won the IBF jr middleweight title, Norwalk, California jr welterweight contender Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KOs) is set to return to the spotlight next week when he takes on Michael Perez (18-1-2, 10 KOs). The two will square off September 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Golden Boy’s new Monday night series on Fox Sports 1.
Molina is coming off his first defeat at the hands of Amir Khan last December at the LA Sports Arena. Fightnews.com was on hand at the Elite MMA Academy in Santa Fe Springs to watch Molina train and prior to his workout he spoke about his training camp, upcoming fight, and his next opponent.
“Everything is going good. I’ll be fighting September 30 in New York on Fox Sports 1 against Mike Perez from New Jersey,” Molina told Fightnews.com. “I want to get back on that winning streak and I am ready to put on a show .I am fighting in New York City so I am going out there to take him out,” Molina added.
It’s been a hard preparation for Molina as he has worked together with his trainer Clemente Medina, conditioning coach, Luis Garcia, and manager Frank Espinoza to be at his best against Perez. “I moved in with my strength & conditioning coach. I was on lockdown 24/7. We’ve been training hard and focusing,” Molina said on his training camp.
In Perez he’ll will be facing a tough fighter who also has just one defeat on his record. Perez is coming off a majority decision draw in a fight that was stopped due to a cut caused by a headclash. His only defeat came at the hands of newly crowned WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa via sixth round technical decision, Molina knows what he is up against in facing the Jersey fighter.
“I have seen him fight a few times on ShoBox. He’s a good fighter, a boxer. He has a good jab and he’s busy in the ring but I will be ready for him,” Molina said. “We have been in the gym training. we’ve sparred guys that have the similar style like him and that good jab that he has.”
His last bout against Amir Khan ended when Molina didn’t come out for the eleventh round. He had suffered a cut above his eye early on in the opening round and fought on for ten rounds.
“In the Amir Khan fight I was thinking a little too much trying to land that one perfect shot and in this fight I will go and let my hands loose,” Molina said. “I just fought the wrong fight. I think Khan had a good game plan and he executed. It was one of those nights that didn’t go my way.
“It was a good experience in a sense that I fought on one of the biggest stages in boxing fighting, a guy like Amir Khan who is known worldwide. I have that experience going into this fight.”
Molina vs. Perez will be a scheduled eight rounder for the WBA Fedelatin junior welterweight title. Nevertheless this will be a crossroads fight for the two young fighters.
“I just want to get back on the winning streak. I know Mike Perez is a good fighter. He wants to be at the top also. This is a big fight for both of us. I think with me beating Perez, I’ll be in contention again and hopefully fight for a world title next year.
“Expect a great fight Mike Perez is a good fighter and I will go into his backyard to take it to him. I don’t want this to go to the scorecards,” Molina concluded.
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