HBO’s Jim Lampley on Monday issued a formal apology for the mistake he made in this past Saturday’s version of “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley.”
Lampley was previewing the May 3 card in Las Vegas featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana in the main event (on Showtime pay-per-view), when he came with this: “On his undercard Amir Khan is facing Luis Collazo and Adrien Broner fights Carlos Molina. Collazo is regarded as dangerous for Khan, but Molina has spent the bulk of the past few months in jail.”
Unfortunately, the Carlos Molina who has been in jail is a junior middleweight from Chicago. The Carlos Molina who is slated to fight Broner in the junior welterweight division is from Norwalk, and he has not been in jail.
“Saturday night on the latest edition of ‘The Fight Game’ on HBO, I made an embarrassing mistake,” Lampley said in a statement. “I confused light welterweight contender Carlos Molina of Norwalk, CA with 154-pound fighter Carlos Molina of Chicago. Los Angeles native Carlos Molina has an important fight on May 3 versus Adrien Broner in Las Vegas. None of the legal issues confronting Carlos Molina of Chicago have anything to do with the younger Molina. I apologize to Mr. Molina for confusing the matter as he prepares for his important prizefight next month.”
It’s official, Carlos Molina of Chicago via Mexico won’t be able to defend his junior middleweight title against Jermall Charlo on tonight’s undercard in Las Vegas because he remains on jail after having been arrested Tuesday on out-of-state warrants issued from the state of Wisconsin. Molina also has immigration issues, according to several reports out of Las Vegas.
That fight was scratched and now the 10-round lightweight fight between Ricardo Alvarez and Sergio Thompson will be elevated to the Showtime pay–per-view portion of the show at MGM Grand.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo – both of Mexico – will tangle in the junior middleweight main event. The limit for junior middleweight is 154. But before the weigh-in Friday, Alvarez apparently let it be known he wouldn’t be able to make the weight. But it is not a title fight and the Angulo camp agreed to a limit of 155, according to a story on BoxingScene.com.
In that story, it was noted that Alvarez may have had to give Angulo $100,000 of his purse for the fight to go on at the higher weight. Alvarez then weighed in at 155, Angulo 154 1/2. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, could not confirm that Alvarez had to fork over the extra dough.
It will be interesting to see what unfolds Friday regarding junior middleweight champion Carlos Molina of Chicago via Mexico. He is supposed to defend his title against Jermall Charlo on Saturday on the undercard of the junior middleweight main event between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico and countryman Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
But as of early Friday morning, Molina was still in jail after having been arrested Tuesday by Clark County officials for two out-of-state warrants. He also apparently is having immigration issues, according to several reports out of Las Vegas.
One story on ESPN.com indicated that Molina was born in Mexico, but has lived in the United States – currently in Chicago – since he was 4 years old.
If Molina is unable to get out of jail in time for Friday’s weigh-in, he could conceivably be stripped of his title. A story on BoxingScene.com reported that if that fight does fall through, a lightweight fight between Ricardo Alvarez – older brother of “Canelo,” and Sergio Thompson would be elevated to the Showtime pay-per-view portion of the card.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that one of the warrants for Molina was for a parole violation for failing to register as a sex offender. Molina in 2002 was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child in Wisconsin.
Carlos Molina of Chicago took a junior middleweight world title from Ishe Smith via split-decision underneath the Floyd Mayweather-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez junior middleweight title fight (on Showtime pay-per-view).
It was about as boring a 12-round fight as one can imagine. Molina won by scores of 117-111 and 116-112 with the third score going to Smith by a 116-112 count.