Former world champ Carlos Molina explains move back to 154, plans double weight run
US-based Mexican Carlos ‘King’ Molina is ready to compete at super-welterweight again following a decision to move down to welterweight in 2015.
Despite winning a world title at 154, Molina knew he could get down to the lower limit and soon racked up five victories at the new stipulation
Three losses in a row in three separate countries has led Molina to head back north to his old weight class, albeit temporarily, where he is preparing to battle Souleymane Cissokho this Saturday night in Paris.
Speaking exclusively to WBN regarding his switch back, Molina believes he can begin a run to another world title shot in the future but will still take offers at 147.
“I feel comfortable at 154 pounds. I won a championship there and I know I am competitive at that weight,” Molina told World Boxing News.
“I am not a huge junior middleweight as far as height and reach but I never felt that stopped me from handling bigger guys.
“James Kirkland, Danny Perez, Ishe Smith, and Kermit Cintron were all taller than me. I don’t struggle to make 147 pounds either and I want to fight in both weight classes.”
Asked about his forthcoming opponent, Molina added: “I think he is a really good boxer and I am looking forward to the challenge and facing a fighter who can box .
“He does a lot of standing around and waiting though and that leaves room for me to outwork him.”
The 154 landscape has changed considerably in the time Molina has been away, with the 35 year-old giving his views on the current status at the top of the weight class.
“The division has changed a lot in the last five years and I think the current 154-pound champions are relying on size to overwhelm and bully their opponents,” he pointed out.
“I see a lack in what I consider true boxing skills, ‘the sweet science’. They dry out and use I.V’s to blow up and in my eyes that is modern day corner cutting .
“They are taking short cuts around what I am working to accomplish naturally. I really honor and respect the classic boxing style and what boxing is supposed to be,” said Molina.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay