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CARLOS MOLINA: "THIS IS MY COMING OUT PARTY...AMIR KHAN BETTER EXPECT A WAR"

By Ben Thompson | October 25, 2012
CARLOS MOLINA:

"I think this is my coming out party, man. Everybody's gonna know who I am after this fight and it's just going to open the doors for that world title, which is what I'm looking for...If he doesn't train the way that he's supposed to and he wants to take me lightly, then, you know, I'ma expose him in the ring. Like I said, I'ma train for the best Amir Khan that there is and that's who I'm going to be ready to fight...I'ma leave everything I can in the ring. No matter what, I'm going to win that fight. Amir Khan better expect a war because that's what I'm training for," stated undefeated lightweight Carlos Molina, who talked about his December 15 clash with Amir Khan. Check it out!

BT: Carlos, what's good?

CM: We've been hitting the gym man and we're excited.

BT: I bet. What was it like when you got that call and found out you were fighting Amir Khan?

CM: It was a suprise for me. I remember Frank [Espinoza] told me, you know, he goes, "How would you feel about a fight with Amir Khan?" I was like, "Man, hell yeah. Let's do it!" I think the next day, he tells me, "Hey, you better be at the track tomorrow because you got the fight." At first, I was like in shock. I don't think I slept for like the first two days; I was just so happy.

BT: Some people are looking at your record and thinking that this a big step up in competition for you, but I'm sure you're pretty confident that you're ready to compete with the biggest names in the sport.

CM: Oh yeah, definitely. I think this is my coming out party, man. Everybody's gonna know who I am after this fight and it's just going to open the doors for that world title, which is what I'm looking for.

BT: With Khan coming off of a KO loss, do you think he chose to fight you thinking that you might be a soft touch?

CM: To me, it doesn't matter, man. I'm expecting the best Amir Khan there can possibly be and that's who I'm getting ready for. If he doesn't train the way that he's supposed to and he wants to take me lightly, then, you know, I'ma expose him in the ring. Like I said, I'ma train for the best Amir Khan that there is and that's who I'm going to be ready to fight.

BT: When you're preparing for a guy like Khan, someone who has a couple of KO losses already, do you focus more on the mistakes he made in those fights that he lost, or more on the fights that he won?

CM: You know what? I look at a few videos. My trainer is the one that really focuses on all that and gets the strategy out there. I do watch tapes, but, you know, just a little bit of every fight. Every fighter makes mistakes in different fights and, you know, that's what we're going to focus on. Whenever he makes a mistake or thinks twice, we're gonna jump on him.

BT: Obviously the critics say that Khan doesn't have a good chin. Do you pay attention to any of that talk and is that something you focus on, or do you ignore that and assume that's not the case when coming up with a game plan?

CM: I mean, I'm going to be hitting him on the chin, so that's going to be tested as it is. It'll be pretty dumb of me if I'm in there trying to look for that one punch, you know, to lay him out. I'm not going to do that. I'm just going to go in there, let my hands go, and hit him in the chin as many times as I possibly can (laughing).

BT: So tell me about the move up to 140. Are you going to be giving up a size advantage or do you have to suck down when you fight at 135?

CM: You know what? It's never easy for me to make 135. I mean, it's always a little bit of a struggle. I think at 140, I'm going to be more comfortable, man. I'm not going to have to struggle to make 140. I think I'ma feel good. I think he's the one that's actually going to struggle to make the weight, because I know he's been planning on moving up to 47 for the past 3 or 4 fights. You know, I think he's the one that's going to be struggling. I think I'm going to be very comfortable at 140.

BT: Can you tell the difference in how you feel right now training for a fight at 140 compared to how you would feel at this point if the fight was at 135?

CM: Oh yeah, there's a difference, you know. That last little pound or half a pound, you know, if you don't lose it right or if you can't lose it, it does drain you and that shows in the fight. So like I said, I think it's to my benefit. We're going to take advantage of every possible thing we can.

BT: Speaking of taking advantage of everything possible thing, this will be the first time that Khan is working with his new trainer, Virgil Hunter. Do you think that will be an advantage for you since they haven't had that much time to build any chemistry?

CM: Yeah. I think, you know, he might try some new stuff in the first few rounds, but once you're in that moment where we're both banging, throwing punches, and getting hit, he's going to go back to the same old Amir Khan and he's going to go back to the same old thing that he's done his whole career. It's going to be all instincts, so we'll see from there.

BT: I know you plan on coming out victorious, but secondary to that, what are you hoping fans take away from your performance on December 15?

CM: I want to show these fans a great fight, man. I love watching boxing and I love when fighters fight their hearts out, and that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm going to go out there and leave it all in the ring, man. I'm going to fight my heart out and I'm going to perform. That's why all these fans are here, especially in my city of LA; I gotta put on a great show for them.

BT: I know you just finished up a workout, so I won't hold you up. Is there anything you want to say in closing?

CM: Just expect a great fight, man. Like I said, I'ma perform that night and I'ma leave everything I can in the ring. No matter what, I'm going to win that fight. Amir Khan better expect a war because that's what I'm training for. It's going to be the Upset of the Year.



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