Monday, October 22, 2012
Oscar Molina joins brothers as pro
By Dan Rafael
Oscar Molina, the 2012 Mexican Olympic team welterweight, has signed a five-year promotional contract with Dan Goossen and is expected to make his professional debut on Nov. 24 in Mexico.
Molina, 22, of Norwalk, Calif., who is managed by Arnulfo Bravo, came up through the American amateur system but qualified for the Olympics for Mexico, where his parents are from.
Molina comes from a boxing family. He is the identical twin brother of 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina (11-1, 5 KOs), whose professional career has been sidetracked by multiple right hand injuries, which required surgery last year.
Molina's older brother, 26-year-old lightweight Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7 KOs), is a rising contender who is moving up in weight to face former junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan on Dec. 15 in Los Angeles.
"We've known Oscar through the years because we promote Javier," Goossen said. "I've had the unfortunate circumstances where I've called Javier 'Oscar' and Oscar 'Javier.' One of the things I liked about Javier when we signed him was that he had all of the tools, including a punch. But when you break your hand three times, that can be problem with your power and your confidence in letting your hands go.
"With Oscar, he has power in his right hand and, like Javier, he was also brought up to be a tremendous boxer. He has a lot of talent and he is obviously a big signing for us. We expect big things from him. Maybe someday he and his brother will become world champions. Twin brothers as world champions? That's what we are aiming for."
Javier elected to turn pro after the 2008 Olympics, but Goossen said Oscar "wanted to give the Olympics another try after not making it last time."
Oscar Molina, who went 142-26 as an amateur, got to London but was eliminated in his opening round bout, dropping a 12-8 decision to Custio Clayton of Canada.