Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) established himself as an elite fighter with a near shutout unanimous decision over former world champion Kermit Cintron last Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and live on the SHOWTIME network.
"It’s no longer a secret that Carlos Molina is the world’s best 154-lb fighter," said Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing. "This is an open call to all the champions, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Austin Trout, K9 Bundradge and Sergei Dzinziruk: Carlos Molina is ready and able to take any of you on."
In the comeback story of the year, Molina has gone from sitting on the shelf for two years to the breakout fighter of 2011 in the span of four months.
He returned for the first time since 2009 in March at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and fought to a controversial majority draw against Cuban sensation Erislandy Lara (most observers had Molina winning). He returned there on short notice a month later to take out hard-punching Allen Conyers via TKO 7. Then came Saturday’s dominance over Cintron.
"If you think about it," stated Luis DeCubas, his advisor, "Lara beat Paul Williams and Cintron beat Alfredo Angulo and Carlos beat both of them, so he could be considered the top challenger in the world. We hope the sanctioning bodies will recognize his amazing accomplishments and move him into a position where he can fight for a world championship."
Margules says that when Molina finally does challenge for a title, it will be the end of an era.
"Once he’s a champion, he’ll finally stop being considered the underdog in every fight. That might take him some getting used to."