John Molina Looks to Kick His Career into High Gear
By German (May 27, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
John Molina
Once upon a time... when John “The Gladiator” Molina, 21-1 (17), turned pro, he and Sergio Diaz Jr., longtime manager of one Antonio Margarito, worked together. After a few fights, Molina, along with his father, decided to navigate the boxing waters on their own. Following the amicable split, Diaz and the Molina camp stayed close and on good terms, although not directly working with each other.


Sometimes the best of intentions are there; a father and son combination will work to a degree- sometimes it won't. With the Molina camp, it's been an interesting ride.


Goossen Tutor Promotions signed the big puncher and gave him a busy schedule. Everything looked good, with some changes along the way. With his original trainer out of the camp, Molina moved on, going on to taste his first pro loss against the capable Martin Honorio in November of 2009. In that fight, Molina looked listless, unable to get off with his shots, ultimately getting outworked via ten-round unanimous decision with the vacant NABF/WBO NABO lightweight titles at stake.


After a couple of early blowout wins in stay-busy fights and the Henry Lundy stoppage win in July of last year, it became clear to Molina that he and his father had gone as far as they could together. With several managers interested in him, Molina chose to join Sergio Diaz once again.


“Sergio came back into the picture because I'm at the stage in my career that I need legitimate representation, which Sergio will provide. I mean, my father will still be there, working close with him, even though Sergio has full rein to call the shots, taking it forward.” commented Molina.


“I had a few offers from some other managers but I always said that if I wanted another manager again, it would be Sergio.”


“This is a business and my career so I have to go with whom I think is the best for me, no disrespect to those others, but I don't know the others as well as I do Sergio.” stated Molina.


“Although my dad was in charge these last few years, I know Sergio will get me to the top. After all, he got fighters like Margarito to the top in the last ten years.''


Diaz agreed that Molina needed help to get moving forward again.


“I reached out to his dad and see what happened to John. He had been sick, hadn't fought, so Senior and Junior and I met up and decided to get back on together to get his career to the top,” said Diaz. “His father did what he thought was best but they have seen that at times, one, as a father, starts to make decisions as such and although the best of intentions are there, a lot of the times, that just doesn't work as they hope. So at times, one [as a father] needs to sit back and work more as a straight-up manager. We will all work good together.”


Joe Goossen, who was brought aboard by the Molina camp last year, was also replaced, marking another change in trainers, building an aura of inconsistency, to which Molina would also comment on.


“The fact is that [Joe] is a defensive trainer, his style is no secret; he brought in Diego Corrales, had Gabriel Ruelas, who countered…I wanted to have more options, adding some defensive work was the reason for Joe. I'm a big, strong lightweight and want to use my God-given gifts. I will be using my jab more, something I didn't use before. I will use what Joe taught me, incorporate it and put it all together.''


To put that to the test, Sergio Diaz's Showdown Promotions will feature a seven-fight card at the BlueWater Resort and Casino in Parker, Arizona this Saturday night.


Facing Molina will be Mexico's Alejandro Rodriguez, 12-2 (6).


The battle-tested Rodriguez should give Molina some solid work, as the latter hasn't fought since winning the WBO NABO lightweight title in a come-back-from-behind thriller against Henry Lundy in July of last year, stopping Lundy in the 11th round in the nationally televised bout.


Rodriguez is no pushover, as he just went the distance with the undefeated Eloy Perez in his last outing back in April.


“[Rodriguez] comes to fight. Although smaller than me and not as strong, he is a Mexican fighter, so I know he comes to fight. He is rangy and I know he will not go down easy,” said Molina.


“I won't take him lightly. I'm well prepared and I'm bigger and ready to showcase myself. I want people to see a smarter fighter in the ring now.”


The card is a Showdown Promotions event; Molina is still a Goossen Tutor fighter, with Goossen Tutor allowing a one-time exception for Molina to fight on this card.


“Goossen Tutor made an exception to my contract for this one, that is so I can fight and work on getting some rust off. No disrespect to Rodriguez because he is a tough fighter himself and again, not to be taken lightly,” concluded Molina.


Although Molina is not taking Rodriguez lightly, as he is three pounds over the 135-pound weight limit as of Tuesday, speaking highly of his current training, his management has another fight lined up already. Diaz and Goossen Tutor have their charge scheduled to face the tricky Robert Frankel on June 24th in an ESPN2-televised fight at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA.


All that is needed is for Frankel to sign off on the contract and Molina to clear Saturday night's fight.


Sponsoring Saturday night's event, which will take place in an outdoor amphitheater, next to the Colorado River, will be Budweiser and the BlueWater Resort and Casino.


Rounding out the fight card will be Diaz's newest signee, a 19-year-old Phoenix, AZ.-based, Tijuana-born welterweight national champion, Juan Gonzalez, who will be making his pro debut. Diaz is very excited to see him start his career at the pro level.


Gonzales will take on Anthony Garcia.


Another Diaz signee, super lightweight Jonathan Garcia will see action against the dangerous Rufino Flores.


Also in action will be featherweight Daniel Franco vs. Jose Sandoval, super lightweight Andrew Cancio vs. Arron Robinson, welterweight Oscar Godoy vs. Ulyses Artiaga and Heavyweight Blu DeLong vs. Enrique Lobatos.


Fight card is subject to change.


Margarito in the house…


Three-time welterweight world champion, “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito is scheduled to attend the fight card.


Ringside and VIP seats are all sold-out but plenty of $45 and $25 dollar tickets are still available at the BlueWater gift shop.


Doors open at 7 PM, with the first bell at 8 PM.


For further information visit the venue's website,


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