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Molina will be lucky if he gets a Kirkland rematch

James KirklandBy Allen Fox: Carlos Molina may have missed out on his chance of beating James Kirkland when he was disqualified last weekend in the 10th round after one of his cornerman mistakenly stepped into the ring for a brief moment after Molina had been knocked down. This fight was stopped and Kirkland, who was trailing at the time, was given the victory.

Molina’s promoter has appealed the loss to the Texas State Athletic Commission to try and get the result changed to a no contest, but it’s not likely to happen. Molina may have to take his loss and be satisfied that he was winning the fight at the time it was stopped.

The Texas Athletic Commission probably won’t overturn the result, leaving Molina with another loss on his record. As for as getting a rematch with Kirkland, that’s probably not realistic either. Kirkland is leaving it up to his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions and it’s doubtful they’ll want to risk putting Kirkland back in with Molina because he did too good of a job shutting Kirkland down.

Kirkland is a valuable fighter due to his power and his sometimes crowd pleasing style. His promoters aren’t going to want to risk seeing him get beaten by a fighter that smothers his offense the way that Molina was doing last Saturday. Already, Kirkland has bigger options available with a possible fight against WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 16th or a title shot against IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage. This leaves Molina out in the cold with no rematch and just another loss his record.

Kirkland’s promoters are going to make sure they protect him by putting him in winnable situations where he stands a good chance of succeeding and where he’ll make the most money. Kirkland won’t make a lot of money with Molina because he’s got too many losses on his record now. It doesn’t matter that almost all of the losses should have been wins; the only thing that matters is he has losses and he’s not going to bring in big money for a Kirkland fight. But the most important reason Molina likely won’t get the rematch is how well he fought against Kirkland. He’s only fighter, besides Nobuhiro Ishida, that had Kirkland’s number right off the bat.


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