Welterweight prospects Jamal James (18-0, 9 KO) and Javier Molina (17-1, 8 KO) will meet in a PBC on FS1 main event on Tuesday, January 19, headlining at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, Premier Boxing Champions announced recently.
James, 27, got a bump to a PBC on Bounce TV main event on September 18, beating the Dominican Republic's Juan Carlos Abreu by decision over 10 rounds, coming off the canvas in the fourth round, and knocking down Abreu in the sixth, winning on pretty comfortable scores. The Minneapolis fighter is a giant welterweight, standing around 6'2".
He'll have a decent test of his skills against Molina, 25, a fighter who has really yet to live up to what once seemed his potential. The younger brother of Carlos (the one who fought Amir Khan and Adrien Broner) and the twin brother of another prospect, Oscar, Javier Molina had a record of 111-12 in the amateurs, and was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, where he lost in the first round.
He turned pro in March 2009, but has never truly got untracked. He suffered a loss to Artemio Reyes in October 2011, but has won eight straight since then, albeit against mediocre opposition. He'll look to use this chance to get himself out there again, and perhaps restore some luster to his prospect status. (Or at least get himself in line to lose a money fight, if you're a pessimist.)