CARLOS MOLINA, CORY SPINKS TO CLASH ON ESPN2 NEXT WEEK
Press Release: At the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on February 1st,
29-year-old Carlos Molina (20-5-2, 6 KOs) will face former two-division champion Cory Spinks in a twelve-round IBF junior middleweight eliminator to be shown on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. The co-feature is a ten-round welterweight battle between another former two-time champion, Jose Luis Castillo (64-11-1, 55 KOs) and Florida's Antwone "The Truth" Smith (22-4-1, 12 KOs).
Also on the card will be an eight-round clash in which Polish heavyweight Artur "The Pin" Szpilka will battle Chicago-based "Merciless" Mike Mollo.
Molina, who divides his time training at Chicago's 8Count and LA Boxing gyms with trainer Victor Mateo (original trainer Lou Askenette also works the corner on fight night), says he'll be going into this important fight with a new mindset and outlook.
"They say I don't have much power, but I'm really working on sitting down on my punches for this fight, especially when he's on the ropes," admitted Molina. "I want the knockout. That's what we're going for. I'll make him miss and put constant pressure on him. And as soon as he misses, I'll make him pay. I'm going to break him down and get him out of there."
Molina, an underdog in nearly every fight, is switching roles for this one. Fighting at home and sure to be favored by the oddsmakers, he's in the exact opposite role this time.
"You just have to look at things a different way. Being the underdog motivates you. When everybody thinks you'll lose, you train hard and fight hard to prove them wrong. Now I'm the favorite fighting in my hometown. I'll use that as a motivation. I haven't fought here in over four years. It motivates me to look good and fight better than I ever have."
Molina says he's waited a long time for this opportunity and it means the world to him to fight for a world title.
"That's my goal since I started boxing. I picture in my head winning a world title. Not just one. Maybe a couple straps. And this is the first step to reaching my goal. I set my goals high and that's definitely what I want. Not even just for me. For everybody that has helped me. I can't go out and say I did it all myself. I have had a tough road; my trainers have always been with me. It's tough being a trainer you have to be just as dedicated as a fighter. I want to see the smile on my trainer's face and my mom and dad's, my family and everybody that has supported me. I won't forget who helped me when I win."
Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, or by calling the 8 Count Productions Offices, 312-226-5800, or the UIC Pavilion Box Office, 312-413-5740.