Mike Jones would like to take a shot at hot Carlos Molina later this year. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Welterweight contender Mike Jones is slated to fight again on either the Pacquiao vs Marquez (November 12) or Cotto vs Margarito (December 3) undercard, and after watching Carlos Molina have his way with Kermit Cintron on July 2, he's hoping to fight Molina. From Chris Robinson at the Examiner:
"I hadn’t seen too much of that guy Molina, but I didn’t think [Cintron] looked good at all. He looked kind of washed up. It surprised me a lot the way Molina just walked through him like that. I definitely would love to fight Molina next."
The Cintron vs Molina bout was fought a bit between welterweight and junior middleweight, and Molina has been fighting at 154, but Molina says he can make 147, and just looking at him, I'd guess he can without too much trouble. They could fight it at 147 or a catchweight like 149 or 150. Molina has been on a serious roll, coming back this year after two years off with promotional problems with Don King to draw Erislandy Lara (many felt he won), then beat Allen Conyers and Cintron. The Cintron fight was not close at all, and even those who felt it could be a trap fight for Kermit were surprised by how easily Molina outworked and outfought the Puerto Rican.
But don't count out Cintron landing the fight with Jones, either. Top Rank was considering Jones vs Cintron before that, and Cintron is fighting Antwone Smith on August 12 on ESPN Friday Night Fights. If Cintron looks good in that fight and gets back on track, Top Rank could see him as still a more marketable name than Molina, as unfair as that is, and there's also, quite frankly, a chance that Top Rank's matchmakers would see Cintron as less of a threat to upset Jones at this point, even if he beats Smith.