Molina v Canelo would require exception to avoid Bundrage
Carlos Molina’s recent failed attempt to defend his title against Jermall Charlo has left the Mexican in a race against time to secure a big name opponent for the summer.
Currently, the IBF light-middleweight title holder is in limbo after being arrested in the run-up to his PPV view clash on March 8 and is now staring a low-profile mandatory against ex-champion Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage in the face.
The 30 year-old has already been linked to a defence against Saul Alvarez after ‘Canelo’ pummelled Alfredo Angulo in the headliner of the bill Molina was due to appear, although the IBF have stated an exemption must be sought first in order to avoid Bundrage.
“Carlos Molina can fight anyone in the top 15 in an optional defense until April 13, 2014,” IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker told World Boxing News on Wednesday.
“From April 14, 2014 the IBF will order Molina to start negotiations with mandatory challenger Cornelius Bundrage.
“Of course, Moline could ask to fight the WBA, WBC or WBO Jr. middleweight champion in a unification and that would take priority over the mandatory. Or, he could ask for an exception to regulations. If the board grants the exception, he could fight someone other than Bundrage with the condition that the winner must face Bundrage within 90 days.”
Bundrage had been vocal in the build-up to last week’s PPV bill about facing the winner of Molina v Charlo as he bids to win back the red belt and it would be unlikely that the former Contender start would stand aside willingly for Molina to choose his next foe.
Molina v Canelo would be another big Mexican battle for Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer push for pay-per-view as with the Angulo fight, and Bundrage may well have to be content with a place on the undercard if that bout becomes the priority.
The whole situation regarding Molina’s brief incarceration has left scheduled opponent Charlo as the one who ultimately misses out on his dream of fighting for a world title and hopefully GBP will be able to work something out for the talented youngster in the near future.
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