An Opportunity at Gold and Green for Lyford’s Eric Molina

Updated: May 12, 2015

According to various boxing sites and local newspaper The Monitor, Lyford’s hard-hitting Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KO’s) will be in the fight of his life on June 13th as he will travel to Birmingham, Alabama to take on the World Boxing Council’s heavyweight champion of the world, “The Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KO’s). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds or less and is already making history considering it will be the first world championship bout to ever be held in the state of Alabama. The bout is said to possibly be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing.

Molina, who last fought in January in Las Vegas, won that bout by 8th round TKO over veteran Raphael Zumbrano Love (36-11-1) on the undercard of Stiverne vs. Wilder. On that card Wilder claimed the WBC title belt and for the first time in his career went the distance as a professional. With that win Molina made it five wins in a row since his last defeat at the hands of “The Nightmare” Chris Arreola in early 2012.

Molina has been able to pick himself off the ground after the knockout loss to Arreola and reinvigorate his career with three TKO victories in a row which has helped him climb up the WBC rankings and aided in securing a shot at Wilder. Victories over DaVarryl Williamson (27-8) and Tony Grano (20-3-1), where he won the NABF heavyweight title, have also helped Molina mature as a fighter.

On Wilder’s part he is coming off the toughest fight of his career against Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1) who held the same WBC championship belt. Stiverne defeated the same Chris Arreola by TKO in late 2013. Wilder made sure that Stiverne’s reign as WBC heavyweight champion was short lived as he outboxed, outmaneuvered, and outhustled the first ever Haitian-born heavyweight champion. In very convincing fashion Wilder took home the unanimous decision and the green belt with scores of 118-109, 119-108, and 120-107. Prior to going the distance against Stiverne, none of Wilder’s previous opponents had made it past the 4th round.

The fight is expected to take place at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama and tickets will go on sale this Thursday through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices range from $25 to $300.

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