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Kirkland’s trainer told Molina that he was winning the fight at the time he was DQ’d

James KirklandBy Sean McDaniel: Carlos Molina’s tough luck continued last Saturday night in losing by a 10th round disqualification against James Kirkland after one of Molina’s corner personal stepped into the ring while he was being given a 10 count by referee Jon Schorle following a knockdown in the last seconds of the round. Molina was winning the fight at the time on two of the cards.

After the fight, Ann Wolfe, the trainer for Kirkland, came up to Molina and told him “You were winning.”

There was still two rounds to go and there’s no telling what would have happened had Molina been allowed to continue fighting. One thing is for sure the referee put a damper on the fight by choosing that moment to play it by the book and disqualify Molina. It basically ruined the whole fight and it as if it never took place, because even though it gave Kirkland a victory, it sort of taints it because he was losing the fight at the time.

Kirkland beat Molina by a technicality, not by beating him in the ring the way it’s normally done. With boxing badly in need of winning new fans and retaining the fans that they have with people losing interest in the smart, referees need to use a little more discretion when pulling the plug on important fights in my view. I can understand it if it’s a fouling situation where someone is getting hurt, but when you got a corner person stepping into the ring after the clock has expired in the round thinking that it was over, that’s something you got to kind of overlook by telling them to get out of the ring. But disqualifying the fighter messes things all up because it doesn’t bring any closure. Kirkland gets a tainted victory and Molina likely will be past up for rematch due to how tough he fought Kirklnad. Both guys lose and so does boxing.


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