Eric Molina wants to make history against Deontay Wilder
By Scott Gilfoid: The hard hitting #12 WBC heavyweight contender Eric Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) believes he’s got the fight against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) next on June 13th at the Bartow Arena, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
The Wilder-Molina fight could be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing, according to Fight News.
Molina, 33, wants to make history for his Rio Grande Valley. If he were to beat the 6’7” Deontay, he would become the first Mexican heavyweight world champion. For a fighter that was demolished in one round by Chris Arreola just three years ago, it would be an incredible turn around for Molina.
After he was rolled over by Arreola many boxing fans gave up on Molina. They thought he was just another guy that the World Boxing Council had given an inflated ranking to but who really didn’t rate a top 15 ranking. But Molina has done a good job of coming back from that defeat to win his last three fights against Raphael Zumbano Love, Theo Kruger, DaVarryl Williamson, Tony Grano and Andrew Greeley.
“For about two weeks prior to then we kind of had an idea that I was one of three guys Wilder was looking at,” Molina said via the themonitor.com. “We got together with him and his people, and it became apparent that it would be me…I want to make history for the Rio Grande Valley.”
Molina has the punching power to make this an interesting fight. He’s not a pushover. The loss to Arreola was a case of Molina being put in with a guy that he clearly wasn’t ready for at the time that he was put in with him. If they had made the same fight in 2015, I think we’d seen a very different result. At it is, Molina had Arreola staggering around the ring after he clipped him with a big right hand to the head.
Deontay was extended the full 12 round distance for the first time in his career in his last fight against Bermane Stiverne last January. It was a situation where Wilder broke his right hand early in the fight after connecting with a right to the top of Stiverne’s head in the 4th. From that point on, Wilder wasn’t able to generate the kind of punching power that he normally has, and that’s likely the only reason why he failed to record his 33rd consecutive knockout. Wilder still badly hurt Stiverne three times in the fight, and was robbed of a knockdown when he dropped him early. The referee ruled as a slip but the replay showed that Stiverne went down from the punches that he’d been nailed by.