On Sept. 29, 2014, the boxing world suffered a profound loss with the untimely death of promoter Dan Goossen, who died after a brief battle with cancer that virtually nobody but his family knew about.
One year later to the day, junior middleweight prospect Oscar Molina, whom Goossen signed and had high hopes for, is dedicating his fight on Tuesday night to his memory.
Molina (13-0, 10 KOs), a 2012 Mexican Olympian (and brother of 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina and junior welterweight Carlos Molina), will face the most notable opponent of his career when he meets Domonique Dolton (17-0, 9 KOs) on a Premier Boxing Champions card (Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET) at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
"Dan was like family to us,” Molina said. “He signed my brother Javier in 2009, and when I came back from the London Olympics he was the first promoter I talked to about turning professional. Right away I felt very comfortable working with him.
"Dan always lit up a room. He was always in a great mood, and I always liked being around him. He genuinely cared about me and our family, and it was much more than a promoter-fighter relationship. That's how he was to all the fighters; we were family to him. It was an honor to fight for Dan, and I'm dedicating this fight to him. It's still hard to believe he's gone, but I can win for him on Tuesday night, the one year anniversary of his passing."
Molina, 25, of Norwalk, California, turned pro in January 2013 and has been brought along slowly, but he is picking up the pace. Tuesday’s bout will be his fourth of the year.
Dolton, 25, of Detroit, is a prospect in his own right, but Molina is familiar with him. He beat him in a 2007 amateur fight.
"But that was a long time ago,” Molina said. “He's the toughest opponent of my career, and we both have a lot to gain with a victory. He's also got a lot of amateur experience, but we've put in the work for the victory."
In the main event junior lightweight Javier Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KOs), 26, of the Dominican Republic, will make the first defense of his secondary title against Carlos Velasquez (19-1, 12 KOs), 31, of Puerto Rico.