New date for Molina-Bundrage

There’s been a change of date for junior middleweight titleholder Carlos Molina’s mandatory defense against former titlist Cornelius “K9” Bundrage.

They were due to meet Sept. 6 in Cancun, Mexico, but the date has been switched to Oct. 11, still at the Grand Oasis Cancun resort, Warriors Boxing promoter Leon Margules told ESPN.com on Monday.

“Sept. 6 was the date we wanted to do it, but it just didn’t work out, so we had to move the date because of the arena availability and the hotel room availability,” Margules said.

Margules said he is working to finalize a deal with Mexican broadcaster Televisa and that Oct. 11 was better for the network. There is no American television lined up for the fight, but Margules said he was confident there would be.

The fight is taking place in Molina’s native Mexico because the longtime Chicago resident was deported after it was discovered in March that he was in the United States illegally.

Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs), 31, will be making his first title defense. Bundrage (33-5, 19 KOs), 41, of Detroit, won the belt from Cory Spinks by fifth-round knockout in 2010 and made two successful defenses before losing it to Ishe Smith by majority decision in February 2013. Smith then lost the title to Molina in his first defense. Bundrage easily outpointed Joey Hernandez on Jan. 24 in a title eliminator to become Molina’s mandatory challenger.