The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has denied Carlos Molina’s request to grant him an exemption to face someone other than mandatory challenger Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage. Molina possibly wanted a more lucrative fight against one of the Charlo brothers or maybe the winner of Canelo Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara.
Carlos Molina, 31, won the IBF junior middleweight title in his last fight back on the Mayweather-Canelo undercard against Ishe Smith. After rumors of a fight between Molina and Canelo Alvarez, Alvarez went with Alfredo Angulo while Molina would defend his title on the Canelo-Angulo undercard against Houston prospect Jermall Charlo. The fight never took place as Molina was arrested by authorities in Las Vegas after a warrant for his arrest was issued for failing to register as a sex offender in Wisconsin.
Molina is 22(6)-5-2 in his career and has consistently made it difficult for any fighter to beat him clean. He’s fought some of the top contenders in the world including Mike Alvarado, Erislandy Lara, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, and James Kirkland. None of the above mentioned were able to score clear wins over him.
Cornelius Bundrage, 41 years old, is 33(19)-5 and is the former IBF junior middleweight champion. He lost the title by majority decision in March of 2013 to Ishe Smith.
On paper, this fight will be only for the feint of heart. Neither fighter’s style can be described as crowd pleasing.