CARLOS MOLINA ARRESTED-- FIGHT IN JEOPARDY
UPDATE: As of Thursday night, Molina was still in jail, putting Saturday's title defense in serious jeopardy. Molina's promoter, attorney Leon Margules, says the charhes stem from 2001, when the 18-year old Molina was charged for having sex with a 15 or 16 year old. He pled guilty for not time served, but apparently failed to register as a sex offender in 2007. Margules told The Los Angeles Times on Thursday night that he posted a $10,000 bond to have Molina released. “I don’t want to say the fight is on until I see the kid walk out of jail, but I believe he’ll fight,” Margules said. Why the authorities failed to act from 2007 and 2014 and then chose to intervene in this manner, rather than immediately after the fight, is, to Boxingtalk, a disturbing use of police power.
According to Yahoo! Sports, IBF 154-pound champion Carlos Molina was arrested in Las Vegas yesterday, just five days before he was scheduled to defend his title against Jermall Charlo. Molina-Charlo, scheduled for this Saturday's pay-per-view broadcast from the MGM Grand Arena still could happen according to promoter Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy. The cause of the arrest was not clearly identified but appears to stem from arrest warrants relating to sexual assault charges or a subsequent failure to regisater as a sex offender. What seems particularly unfair to Molina is that he is a reigning champion and public figure, so if there were outstanding warrants, authorities could have easily located Molina at any time, instead of waiting until the eve of a fight. --Scott Shaffer