Carlos Molina gets a world title shot this Saturday night on the Mayweather-Canelo pay-per-view, as the veteran junior middleweight contender faces IBF titleholder Ishe Smith on the second televised bout of the broadcast.
Molina's trainer Victor Mateo says that Molina (21-5-2, 6 KO) is hitting harder and looking stronger than he's ever seen him, and even feels that his fighter may get the stoppage win. Here are some quotes from Mateo, via press release:
"He's really strong. I never felt this power in him before or seen the look that he has in his eyes. Not too many fighters have this look: the 'I'm going to kill you' look. He's got it. I haven't seen that look in a fighter in a long time, since Roberto Duran. He's in the best shape of his life. You're going to see the best Carlos Molina the world has ever seen on Saturday."
"It's been a long training camp. The fight was postponed once before, so we were careful not to burn him out. It went very well. We're working more on his balance and more a lot of technical stuff. But as far as training we're just doing more of what we always do."
"I always say God gave me this direction. I was an amateur boxer, but I gave it up due to a shoulder injury. Years later, my brother Louie suggested I start working with kids at the local gym. I started with this one kid and within six months, he won the junior Olympics and all kids of other tournaments. That's when I realized I had a talent. From there, I started getting more people and getting good things out of them, even kids they never thought would go anywhere. I was working with another kid, a featherweight who was undefeated. He was getting ready for one of the fights and all of a sudden, I see this guy I'd never seen before standing there. It was Carlos. He asked me if we needed a sparring partner? I said yeah, put your gear on. After the sparring session, the heavyweight Fres Oquendo was ready to go in the ring and Carlos wanted to go spar with Fres! I couldn't believe it. He would get in with anybody. The following day, Carlos came back to the gym and asked me if I'd work with him. We've been together ever since. And a few times since then, I have put him in with heavyweights and he was tearing them up."
"People used to tell me all the time that Carlos isn't going to go anywhere and ask me why was I wasting my time? But I saw something special in him. He was a hard worker. He needed a little more polishing, but he was able to learn and absorb everything. I always felt like he would be champion one day."
"Smith is a strong guy. He likes to throw the double and triple jabs and right hand and likes to counter with the hook a lot. He's a well-conditioned fighter. It's not going to be easy, but I guarantee we're going to win. I see Carlos beating him up and hurting him with pressure, possibly knocking him out."