Sam Eggington will be looking to get his career back on the right path when he takes on tough warrior Carlos Molina for the vacant WBC silver middleweight championship at the Skydome Arena in Coventry on May 22.
Sam Eggington v Carlos Molina Predictions & Tips
I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that Sam Eggington’s career is on the line on Saturday, May 22 when he battles Mexican veteran Carlos Molina for the vacant WBC silver middleweight championship belt.
Defeat for the Birmingham fight could see his chances of future world title bouts disappear into thin air, while a victory over someone as experienced as Molina will push him back into the spotlight.
Eggington has always had potential, but for some reason, he can be hit and miss, and that true potential has never been reached. When he defeated Paulie Malignaggi at the O2 Arena in 2017, he was tipped to be a future world champion and he had the world at his feet.
Unfortunately, that never happened. He has since lost four fights and was beaten by British rivals Liam Smith and Ted Cheeseman – the latter saw him lose his IBF International light-middleweight title.
Some see this fight for Eggington as a huge risk, but he is at a crossroads in his career, and he needs to be fighting big names if we are to take him seriously again.
They do not come much tougher than Carlos Molina. The Mexican ‘King’ has had 50 fights in his long career, with 37 wins, 11 defeats and two draws.
The 37-year-old is as tough as a two-dollar steak, and he has been in the rings with some of the biggest names in the sport. He has beaten the likes of Ishe Smith, Cory Spinks and Kermit Clinton, while he has held both Erislandy Lara and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr to draws.
Molina will believe he still has plenty to offer, and he will be looking to end this one before the judges get involved, as he doesn’t have the best of relationships with people scoring his fights. Both of his draws against Lara and Chavez Jr were controversial in the fact many believed Molina won both fights, so he would love to take any controversy out of the final outcome.
Unfortunately for Molina, I believe this one will go the distance, and he will be disappointed yet again as I am backing Eggington to get his hand raised. His career is on the line, so I expect him to be cautious in the opening rounds and he will grow into the fight and will have too much heart for the Mexican.
Sam Eggington v Carlos Molina: Fighter Predictions
Sam Eggington: “They say you haven’t been in a fight until you’ve been in with a Mexican fighter. They are renowned for their extreme toughness and they have some of the greatest champions in the sport’s history, I’m mindful of that and it is a warning to me to not underestimate Molina. I’ve seen what Lara did to Warrington, Valenzuela’s win over Davis Jr, and just on what Straffon did to Tennyson, I’d be a fool not to realise and prepare for what is in front of me against Molina, but I’m preparing for a trench war if need be, against him. There’s no way he will be leaving the UK with my scalp and the WBC Silver title. This will be a war and he’d better be ready for what I’m prepared to go through to win. Whilst the Mexicans have been running rampant over here this year, that will come to a stop against Molina on May 22nd. I know that Chavez, Alvarado, Lara, Kirkland and Bundrage couldn’t stop him, but it will be a real statement of where I’m at if I can be the first. I know that everything is on the line with this fight, if I lose then I won’t get the world title shot that I’m so close to which is why I must win and it will be in devastating style.”
Carlos Molina: “I feel like I’m entering my prime. I feel good physically, I can work out, I can run. I feel like I’m smarter now as far as my training and that has benefited me a lot with my experience and I feel like that’s what I’m using more. I feel like they haven’t seen the best Carlos Molina yet, this fight is going to be the perfect fight for me to show the best King Carlos Molina that has ever fought. I want to do this for my promotional company, also it’s a great opportunity to showcase my company in England in a big fight. The reason why I started this promotional company was for my career to get a world title and that’s my goal. I feel like I want to be the best, I want to be the best at boxing and want to be the best at promoting, I want to be the best at everything that I do. And that’s how I’m coming into this fight, I’m coming in excellent shape. I’ve been busy, I’ve been training all the time, I love to train, I love to box, I love to run, I’m always in top shape. I’m looking forward to this fight because he (Sam) always comes in in shape and I feel it’s a great match up. I’m not thinking of this just as a fighter, but as a promoter also. It’s a great match up and it’s so good that I wanted to get the best view in the ring. I’m focused and I need to win this fight, there’s no other way around it. He’s going to see the best King Carlos Molina that has ever fought so I’m ready. I like it that he’s confident, I want my opponent confident so when they can’t hit you, they can’t do what they want to do then that’s when they lose all that confidence. I feel like I’m going to win this fight no matter what. I have to win this fight either by 12 round decision or late rounds stoppage.”