Junior middleweight prospect Oscar Molina, the 2012 Mexican Olympian who turned 24 on Thursday, is expected to be sidelined for four months while recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, promoter Dan Goossen announced on Friday.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers and a consultant to several other professional sports teams, performed the surgery on Dec. 20 at Kerlan Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles.
"It's been a nagging injury and one that he wanted to take care of," Goossen told ESPN.com. "The prognosis is good. There is a possibility that with rehab going smoothly that he could be back sooner than four months. But we won't know that for a couple of weeks, until after he goes back to see the doctor."
Molina (8-0, 7 KOs) had been scheduled to see action on Goossen's ESPN2 card Jan. 24 at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash.
Molina, of Norwalk, Calif., turned pro last January and fought four of his bouts in Mexico and four in the United States. His older brother is pro lightweight Carlos Molina and his twin brother is 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina (14-1, 6 KOs), who headlines the Jan. 24 card in a welterweight fight against former junior welterweight titlist Kendall Holt (28-6, 16 KOs).