Spinks vs. Molina Preview

By Robert Ecksel on February 1, 2013
Spinks vs. Molina Preview
Spinks-Molina is truly a crossroads fight, and it’s a fight that is Carlos Molina’s to lose.

What to make of Cory Spinks? People have been asking that question for years. An answer might be forthcoming tonight on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights…

“I didn’t push Cory. I wanted him to decide if he wanted to go into boxing and he did. Can’t blame it on me.”—Leon Spinks

What to make of Cory Spinks? People have been asking that question for years. An answer might be forthcoming tonight when ESPN’s Friday Night Fights comes to us live from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.

Former two-division and five-time world champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (39-7, 11 KOs), ranked #12 by the IBF, looks to reignite his sputtering career when he meets Carlos Molina (20-5-2, 6 KOs), ranked #4 by the IBF and #7 by the WBC, in an IBF light middleweight eliminator for the #2 spot.

It hasn’t been easy for Spinks. His boxing pedigree includes his father, former heavyweight champion Leon, and uncle, former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Michael. Both are bigger men that Cory. Both are very different fighters.

He won his pro debut in Nov. 1997 with a unanimous decision after four rounds, which pretty much established the tone for his career. Cory was never a knockout artist and would never be a knockout artist, but he was fast and he was slick. Unfortunately, at the age of 34, those qualities have dissipated with the years.

Spinks won the IBF welterweight title with a win over 37-1 Michelle Piccirillo in 2003 and added the WBC and WBA belts to his collection when he won a majority decision over Ricardo Mayorga nine months later. That was the pinnacle. He defeated 31-1 Zab Judah and 49-3-1 Miguel Angel Gonzalez in 2004, only to lose his belts to Zab in a rematch in Feb. 2005.

Spinks had a nice win over Roman Karmazin the next year, winning the IBF light middleweight strap in the process, but it has been touch and go since then. He has lost four of his last eight, dropping decisions to Jermain Taylor in 2007 and Verno Phillips in 2008, and was stopped by Cornelius Bundrage in 2010 and 2012, his last fight before tonight’s contest.

“I need to prove that I’m here to stay,” Spinks said, “until I’m ready to put my gloves to rest. I have a lot of fight left in me.”

The 29-year-old Molina has also had his share of ups and downs, but they’ve been at a different altitude, longitude and latitude. He always seems on the precipice of a breakthrough, but has been on the wrong end of more bad decisions than anyone can count.

He fought Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to a controversial draw in 2005, only to lose the rematch in 2006 by the thinnest of razor-thin majority decisions. In 2007 Molina lost another majority decision to Mike Alvarado. Not to be outdone, in 2011 Molina fought to a draw with Erislandy Lara that many not only believe, but are certain he won. And last but not least there was Molina’s 2012 curiosity of a fight against James Kirkland. The Mandingo Warrior may have had a bum shoulder (and a bum trainer, bum manager, and bum promoter as his court filings insist), but be that as it may, Molina took him to school, only to lose the fight by DQ when one of his cornermen entered the ring before round 10 ended.

“We’re looking for a knockout and good performance in my hometown on ESPN2,” said Molina. “Hopefully this will lead to bigger fights.”

This is truly a crossroads fight, and it’s a fight that is Carlos Molina’s to lose.

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  1. the thresher 07:22am, 02/02/2013

    Like I said. Spinks is shot.

  2. Bodyshots 04:00pm, 02/01/2013

    Spinks is “shot” but his residual slickness may combine with Molina’s unorthodox style for one stinker of a bout. in fact, this Molina’s opportunity to make a statement. IMO, this can’t go to the cards if Molina wants to establish himself as an elite contender. NO elite contender should struggle to take out this version of Spinks. a lopsided UD is the least that Molina must produce in this matchup, which is a virtual gimme for just that purpose. he’s being set-up to impress. Molina will need to stand and deliver the impressive “W”.

  3. the thresher 09:56am, 02/01/2013

    Molina in easy win. Spinks is shot.

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