Carlos Molina vs. Jermall Charlo added to Canelo-Angulo PPV undercard
By Dan Ambrose: There’s been a change to the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo undercard on Showtime pay-per-view on March 8th. The Jorge Linares vs. Nihito Arakawa fight won’t be on the PPV portion of the broadcast, according to Dan Rafael.
The fight will now be on regular Showtime before the PPV portion of the broadcast starts. In place of the Linares-Arakawa fight, Golden Boy has added the Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KO’s) vs. Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KO’s) to the PPV section of the card.
The 23-year-old Charlo, #5 IBF, #5 WBO, #13 WBC, has been knocking out most of the opposition that Golden Boy has been putting in with him, but he’s not fought anyone good yet. He’s still at the point in his career where he’s being matched against weak opposition that fall over after he connects with a hard shot. In his last four fights, Charlo has stopped Joseph De los Santos, Rogelio De la Torre, Antwone Smith and Luis Hernandez.
The only recognizable name on that list is Smith, and that’s only because he’s been on ESPN a number of times. Smith has a lot of miles on him so it’s not surprising that Charlo was able to stop him at this point in his career.
There’s no telling how Charlo will react in fighting a skilled guy like Molina because he’s being pushed up quickly in this fight. He’s got the power to give Molina problems, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be able to land his shots. Molina has a way of negating the power of his opponents by crowding them and forcing them to fight on the inside. Charlo isn’t an inside fighter, so this could be a tough fight for him.
Molina, 30, had been in the running as one of the candidates for the Canelo fight. They probably chose not to fight him because he could have made it really tough on the red-haired Canelo if he were to force him to brawl on the inside for 12 rounds. Canelo would have had to take a lot of body shots from Molia, and that would have put Canelo into unknown territory. We know that Austin Trout hurt Canelo with a body shot in their fight last year in April, and Trout isn’t half the body puncher that Molina is.