"The man who said I rather be lucky than good saw deeply into life. People are afraid to face how great a part of life is dependent on luck. " (Match Point 2005)
Carlos Molina is one of the best junior middleweight fighters in the world. However, he has always been an underdog. And he had his share of bad luck in his boxing career. Likewise, there are the top four reasons why Carlos Molina is underrated?
Molina has been a Victim of Bad Decisions
Molina outworked Erislandy Lara in their fight on March 25th, 2011 and he clearly won the boxing match. Yet, the bout was declared a draw. Molina landed 142 punches compared to 103 for Lara. And Molina also landed 115 power punches compared to only 65 for Lara.
Molina outclassed and baffled Kirkland with his crafty and awkward fighting style in their bout on March 24th. And Molina was going to win the fight because he was ahead on two of the judges' scorecards.
But, Kirkland was awarded a 10th Round disqualification victory when Molina's corner entered the ring after the bell rang to end the round. It was a bizarre ending and a ridiculous decision.
Molina's Been Avoided by Elite Fighters
Molina defeated Kermit Cintron on July 9th, 2011. However, Cintron got the opportunity on November 26th , 2011 to fight Saul Alvarez for the WBC light middleweight title instead of Molina. And Alvarez also decided to fight the undersized Josesito Lopez in his last fight instead of him. So Alvarez has been avoiding Molina.
Molina would love to fight Miguel Cotto. "I would like to have that fight with Cotto on Dec. 1 in New York when he's coming back. If I had to choose one, that would be my favorite, dream fight right there," said Molina.
However, Cotto has never shown any interest in fighting Molina. Cotto is fighting undefeated contender Austin Trout on December 1st. Yet, Molina vs. Cotto would be an interesting bout.
Molina Doesn't Look Good on Paper
Molina's amateur record was 6-1. And he was never a highly touted fighter. Likewise, Molina did not make a name for himself in his brief amateur career because he turned professional at 18 years old.
Molina's professional boxing record consists of 20 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws. So it is easy for people that have never seem him fight to underrate him. And he is vastly underestimated because he was an underdog against Cintron and Kirkland.
Molina Won 12 of His Last 14 Fights
Molina has 12 wins, one loss and one draw in his last 14 fights. But, he should be on a 14-fight winning streak because he deserved the decisions in the Kirkland and Lara bouts.
Molina has 5 losses and 2 draws on his fight-by-fight career record. However, most of his losses came in the beginning of his career. Molina is similar to Sergio Martinez because he was still learning and figuring out his fighting style in the beginning of his career because of his lack of amateur experience.
Loren Robinson has watched and studied boxing for the past 12 years. He has written for boxing websites such as boxingnews24.com, eastsideboxing.com and pinoygreats.com. You can find more of his writing at the site www.lorenrobinson.com or you can follow him on Twitter, @PowerofWords22
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