John Molina: No ill effects from Lucas Matthysse fight…just a bad taste

Californian John Molina steps back into the ring on September 13 just five months on from his brutal war with Lucas Matthysse and says he is raring to go against scheduled opponent Humberto Soto.

The 31 year-old shared eleven tough rounds with the rugged Argentinian until being stopped by referee Pat Russell, but gave hard-hitting Matthysse one of his sternest tests to prove he was what it takes to operate at world level.

“My last fight with Matthysse was definitely a great fight. Matthysse was looked at as this monster in the division and I was this newcomer coming into the division,” said Molina.

“Although I’ve been in the boxing game for a while, my name has barely reached the accolades of such fighters as Matthysse.

“I haven’t felt any ill effects from the [Matthysse] fight except for the bad taste in my mouth. The competitor in me wants to come out victorious in each fight. Physically, I feel very strong and prepared going into this next fight.

“The stage is set for this fight and we will be a great appetizer for everyone to enjoy leading up to the main event.”

Standing opposite the American on fight night will be the experienced Soto, a Mexican with 75 fights and numerous world titles under his belt, statistics that Molina is respectful of – but not fearful as the fight looms.

“I have seen many of Soto’s previous fights. He is a seasoned veteran and a hell of a fighter. Believe it or not, when I first turned pro he was already at the top tier of the game and was the main event at a fight of mine.

“When I walked into the room I was like ‘wow that’s Humberto Soto’, but it shows that I have paid my dues and to me he is like any other fighter once I step into the ring,” stated Molina.

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