Dan Rafael: Carlo Molina

Frampton close to world title shot

September, 20, 2013
9/20/13
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A few notes from the boxing world:

• European junior featherweight champion Carl Frampton is defending his title against Jeremy Parodi on Oct. 19 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Frampton’s hometown. The fight took on even bigger meaning this week, when it was announced that it would also serve as a world title eliminator. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for newly crowned 122-pound titlist Kiko Martinez of Spain.

Martinez won a world title Aug. 17 in Atlantic City, N.J., by knocking out Jhonatan Romero. If Frampton earns the title shot by beating Parodi, which he is heavily favored to do, he would meet Martinez in a rematch. In a European title fight in February, Frampton knocked out Martinez in the ninth round only to watch as he went on to win a world title two fights later.

• Lightweight titlist Miguel Vazquez’s mandatory defense against Ammeth Diaz, scheduled for Sept. 28 in Tijuana, Mexico, has been moved to Oct. 26, still in Tijuana, according to Zanfer Promotions. The reason has to do with the television schedule on Mexico’s TV Azteca. After Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s fight with Brian Vera, originally scheduled for Sept. 7, was postponed until Sept. 28 after Chavez suffered a small cut over his eye, it took up that date on TV Azteca, forcing the lower-profile Vazquez-Diaz rematch to be moved to the new date.

• Chicago’s Carlos Molina, who outpointed Ishe Smith to win a junior middleweight world title last Saturday on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez undercard, will be honored in his hometown when he throws out the first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field before the Chicago White Sox-Toronto Blue Jays game.

"I am honored by this," Molina said. “This has been a dream come true for me, and even better than I pictured the day I started boxing. I want to thank the Chicago White Sox for thinking of me and I will continue to do my city of Chicago proud."

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