Dan Rafael: Oscar Molina

Olympian ready for delayed debut

January, 23, 2013
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."

Oscar Molina's pro debut on hold

November, 21, 2012
The pro debut of two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina is on hold.

Molina, a welterweight who competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was scheduled to turn pro on Saturday in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, but has been sidelined with an injury, according to promoter Dan Goossen.

"He had pain in his left shoulder a few weeks back that didn't get any better and was restricting him from using his left arm," Goossen told ESPN.com. "After a doctor's visit, he was told to get an MRI and it showed a cyst on his left shoulder pressing against the nerve, which was causing the problem. The doctor drained the cyst [Wednesday] and told Oscar the cyst should not be a problem in the future. He'll be off for 2-3 weeks."

The 22-year-old Molina, who lives in Norwalk, Calif., is the twin brother of 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina (11-1, 5 KOs), who is also promoted by Goossen and scheduled to fight on Saturday's card. Their older brother is lightweight Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7 KOs), who is moving up in weight to face former junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan on Dec. 15 in Los Angeles.

Oscar Molina joins brothers as pro

October, 22, 2012
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.