Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Olympian ready for delayed debut
By Dan Rafael
Let's try this again: Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina is ready for his pro debut.
He was scheduled to turn pro in November, but he withdrew because of a cyst on his left shoulder that limited the use of his arm. But his debut is on again -- Saturday in a scheduled four-round welterweight fight against Hector Mendoza in Chihuahua, Mexico, where Molina's extended family lives.
Former junior bantamweight titlist Hugo Cazares will headline the card against Rey Perez in a bantamweight fight.
Molina, who turned 23 last month, was a 2008 and 2012 Olympian. His twin brother, Javier Molina, was a 2008 U.S. Olympian. Older brother Carlos Molina is a professional lightweight who was stopped in the 10th round by Amir Khan in a December junior welterweight fight.
According to promoter Dan Goossen, the cyst on Molina's shoulder was drained and should no longer hinder him.
"I have no nerves thinking about my first fight," said Molina, who lives in Norwalk, Calif. "I am just very excited and can't wait to be in the ring. I've been waiting for this moment for many years and I'm ready to make my debut."