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Carlos Molina Wants Canelo Alvarez, Ready to Step Up For September 15

Feeling that he's the odd man out (or the ignored man) in the 154-pound division, Carlos Molina has called out WBC titleholder Canelo Alvarez, who right now appears to need yet another new opponent for his September 15 pay-per-view fight.

"Hell yeah I want that fight!" said Molina via press release. "Every time I fight somebody, it seems like they get to fight Canelo after that. Kirkland was the second time it was going to happen.

"First time was with Kermit Cintron, whom I beat. Now they're talking about giving the fight to Erislandy Lara that I had a controversial draw with. What can I do?"

Molina (19-5-2, 6 KO) is coming off of a highly controversial DQ loss in March to James Kirkland, who pulled out of the Canelo fight today. It was first thought to be due to his still-healing shoulder, but later reports suggest it's just as much about money, if not more.

Prior to that, Molina defeated Kermit Cintron on Showtime last July, and went to a draw with Erislandy Lara, which most observers felt was lucky for Lara.

The 29-year-old Mexican fighter, now living in Chicago, unfortunately drew a lot of criticism for his fight with Kirkland, too. Though many did have him ahead at the time of the disqualification, he didn't exactly make the fight fun to watch. Still, he was winning, and he's proven he can compete with top guys in the division.

Molina says he's ready to go if a miracle occurs, and he gets the call to face Canelo.

"I'm in the gym training. I'm ready for anyone, Canelo, anybody. I want to fight anybody in the top ten. I want hard fights, the toughest guys out there. This is the best division in boxing and that's where I want to be."

He also doesn't see any need to go about this with trash talk, as he's not slamming Alvarez or looking to talk his way into it by calling the 21-year-old phenom cowardly, or a punk, or anything like that.

Instead, he says, he just plain believes he's the right man to tell the boxing world how good Canelo Alvarez really is.

"I think he's a good strong, young kid, but I see lots of openings to exploit on him. He's good for a young guy, but how good? Let's find out."

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