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.