Carlos Molina getting Khan at the perfect time
By William Mackay: They have a saying in boxing – “Timing is everything.” This may never be more true then with the Carlos Molina (17-0, 7 KO’s) vs. Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO’s) fight next month on December 15th at the Sports Arena, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Khan, at one time a two belt holder at 140, has now lost his last two fights and is coming off a terrible 4th round knockout loss to WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia in a fight that took place last July.
To be sure, Molina has been carefully picked by Khan’s promoter and deemed a non-threat to Khan due to Molina’s small 5’6″ size and his long two year knockout drought. However, in this case Molina’s tiny size and long period in between knockouts may not matter because he’s facing a guy with a weak chin in Khan, and who may be even more susceptible to getting knocked out due to his knockout loss to Garcia.
Khan really got drilled in that fight, and was getting knocked down left and right until the fight was eventually halted in the 4th. Molina is going to be looking to plant a big shot on Khan’s chin, and I think boxing fans and Golden Boy may be surprised at how much power the little 5’6″ Molina has in his body.
If Molina can go for Khan’s chin early he may be able to get Khan out of there while he’s still getting warmed up.
Molina has looked good in his last three fights, beating Manuel Leyva, Angino Perez and Marcos Leonardo Jimenez by one-sided decisions. Molina’s speed has looked good and he seems to be punching with decent power. It obviously wasn’t enough to stop these opponents, but then again these guys seem to have solid chins, unlike Khan. Molina didn’t have vulnerable opponents like he does with Khan.