by Robert Jackson: This coming Saturday’s advertized match-ups involve one Mexican legend and an up-and-comer whose in-the-ring exploits are reminiscent of a young Mike Tyson.
The Kirkland/Molina matchup should get the fans ready and revved up for an evening at the fights, don’t know if the main event will match this one. Molina a boxer with only 6 KO’s coming off a highly successful run in 2011 is in deep against a beast of a fighter – James Kirkland now reunited with trainer Ann Wolfe after a not-so-successful pairing with veteran trainer Kenny Adams.
Morales/Garcia pits a Mexican legend against a stalwart up-and-comer. After a 2.5 year respite from the ring a rejuvenated Morales returned to the ring at light welterweight and has been on a tear since, becoming the 1st Mexican fighter to win a title in 4 weight divisions with his win over Pablo Cano last September. Morales also put in a gutsy performance against Marcos Maidana in a fight many had him winning except on the judge’s scorecards..
Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia’s run includes wins over veteran Nate Campbell and recently 140lb former champion Kendall Holt.
After losing to the unheralded Nobuhiro Ishida under Adam’s watch in April 2011, Kirkland left Las Vegas and returned to Austin, Texas to reunite with Ann Wolfe who cornered him prior to a 2-year incarceration for a federal handgun violation. Coming off of a 1st round knockdown in his fight against Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo last November, Kirkland went on to dominate and finally stop Angulo in the 6th round of a fight that was in the running for 2011 ‘fight of the year’. Wolfe’s barbaric/Spartan like training has retuned Kirkland to the pressure fighting style he was known for prior to his 2-year absence from the ring.
Molina’s 2011 exploits including a controversial draw with Erislandy Lara and win over Kermit Cintron. Many also have him winning a 2006 matchup against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr which went against him on the judge’s cards as a majority decision loss. Molina style is that of a boxer with very good counterpunching ability.
Expect action and probably drama in both fights, Garcia must pounce early and keep Morales off of his game out of his rhythm. Molina must box with defense in mind and stay under control of himself; if he gets into a streetfight with Kirkland the night will be short for him.
With all this being said, Morales will have his moments but be outfought and outboxed by Garcia. Kirkland will overrun Molina with his toughness and activity and will show some boxing savvy also.