Cornelius “K9” Bundrage regained the 154 belt with a unanimous decision over former champ Carlos Molina at the Grand Oaisis Hotel in Cancun, Mexico on Saturday night. Bundrage made it easy on the judges by knocking Molina down twice during the fight. Although Bundrage is 3 inches shorter than Molina, he does have a longer reach and was able to utilize it during the victory.
This was Carlos Molina’s first’s defense of his junior middleweight world title against former title holder and mandatory challenger Cornelius “K9” Bundrage. Molina’s promoter Leon Margules netted a deal with ESPN Deportes where American fans can view the fight. The fight will be broadcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes but it can also be seen in English on ESPN3.com.
“I’m glad that ESPN is giving us the opportunity to see Carlos’ fight in the United States,” Margules said. “We sold the fight all over the world, but the one place we hadn’t sold it was in the United States until we made a deal with ESPN [a few days ago]. I’m glad they picked it up.”
Molina has had legal problems over the years that consisted of failure to report as a sex offender and being in the United States illegally. He was a longtime resident of Chicago but was deported back in March right before he was first due to defend his title against Jermall Charlo but the fight was canceled when Molina was jailed in Las Vegas for an outstanding warrant of failing to register as a sex offender for his past conviction.
The fight took place in Molina’s native Mexico because the longtime Chicago resident was deported after it was discovered in March that he was in the United States illegally. He was first due to defend his title against Jermall Charlo but the fight was canceled when Molina was jailed in Las Vegas for an outstanding warrant of failing to register as a sex offender for his past conviction.
While in custody, police also came to find that he was in the United States illegally and he was eventually deported to Mexico. As a result, Margules made a deal with Bundrage to fight Molina in Mexico.
Bundrage first gained the belt from Cory Spinks with a fifth-round knockout in 2010 then made two successful defenses before losing to Ishe Smith by majority decision in February 2013. Smith then lost the title to Molina on his first defense.
Meanwhile, Bundrage won easily against Joey Hernandez on Jan. 24 in a title eliminator to become Molina’s mandatory challenger.
Now Molina simply wants to put the past behind him and get back in the ring and focus on fighting, he tells Ray Solver of Sporting News, “I understand that a lot of people are going to judge me, and that’s their opinion, and that’s the way that it is. But the thing is, this is something that happened when I was 18 years old. I was immature. But I’m 31 right now, so that was 13 years ago.
I ended up doing nine months for that, and I’ve learned from that. Now, I’m mature. I want to move forward and move on with my life from that point. Now, I have my own family, and I know what I’m doing. I never want to be in position to go to jail for any reason.”