Margules says Molina v Charlo is off, IBF chairman reacts
Warrior’s Boxing promoter Leon Margules has confirmed to WBN that this Saturday night’s world title fight between his fighter Carlos Molina and Jermall Charlo has been called off.
Following the arrest and subsequent incarceration of Molina, 30, the Mexican’s IBF light-middleweight defence against the undefeated American will not be going ahead as planned tomorrow night in Las Vegas.
With such drama happening so close to the fight, Margules confirmed the news on Friday as the event at the MGM Grand, topped by Saul Alvarez v Alfredo Angulo, approached the weigh-in stage.
Due to the fight being shelved, WBN spoke to IBF chairman Lindsey Tucker to clarify the current situation regarding Molina pulling out of the fight as such short notice, although no action is currently planned against the title holder.
“I have not been officially notified that the fight is off. However like most, I have seen Internet articles that say Carlos Molino is still in jail,” Tucker told World Boxing News.
“As far as we are concerned, nothing happens with the IBF title now as Molina is still the champion and this fight with Jermall Charlo was an optional defense of his belt.”
The non-televised fight between Ricardo Alvarez, brother of headliner ‘Canelo,’ and Sergio Thompson has been bumped up in place of Molina v Charlo – with the champion’s jail stint costing him a hefty purse.
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