Molina on Wilder test: The first round is very important
Eric Molina is confident that he can shock the world this weekend when the Mexican-American challenges the formidable Deontay Wilder for his WBC heavyweight title in Birmingham, Alabama.
At 33, and with one solitary foray into world class ending with a first round knockout defeat to Chris Arreola, there isn’t much hope for Molina in the media as the snow-white underdog attempts to put a first dent in Wilder’s 33-0 record.
‘Drummer Boy’ Molina believes in himself though and has a game-plan to be on his toes from the word go as Wilder boasts 32 stoppages within four rounds and has a reputation for going for the jugular early.
“I think the first round is very important. I expect that from the get-go that he will feel like he could hurt me, but I also feel very strongly that I could hurt him. So it is very important to be ready for that first bell,” said Molina.
“Of course, I’m confident I can win the title. I think people look at my record and think this or that, but I don’t feel they understand my entire career, the things I have gone through and overcome, the different angles of boxing that more than meets the eye.
“Nothing against Deontay, who has worked hard to get to where he is, but he doesn’t represent the kind of fighter, in general, that I am. I’ve always had to fight and struggle from fight to fight. I never had a true training camp situation. I’m not saying he had things easy, but I had to work and juggle things to keep going. Only the fighters in my situation can understand it.
“This is going to be a great fight, much, much better than many may be expecting, and I am ready.”
“I’ve accepted my role as the underdog. The whole world has written me off. I’ve embraced the role. I’m used to motivating myself. I’ve never been stronger, more focused. I’ve never been more physically, mentally, spiritually strong. I’m ready to go. I’m ready to fight.
“I’ve had Oliver McCall in my camp for four years, and he’s prepped me for my moment to shock the world, just like he did against Lennox Lewis,” he added.
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