Rematch? On my terms
Honorio will give Molina a second chance, but at 130 – not lightweight
Report by Francisco Salazar
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Following their ten-round bout at the Pechanga Resort & Casino Saturday night, John Molina and Martin Honorio agreed that Honorio was the better man and deserved to have his hand raised.
They even agreed that a rematch would be great, following the close give-and-take bout that took place between the two fighters.
However, both did not agree in what weight class a rematch should be fought at, which would make a second fight unlikely.
After the bout and during the press conference, promoter Dan Goossen pointed out that Molina was not the same young fighter as in previous fights because he was battling a flu. He offered praise and congratulations to Honorio, but felt that Molina had an off night.
“I received a call from Joe (Goossen, Molina’s trainer) saying that he was bad,” said Goossen. “Later, I received a second call that he was worse. A lot of fighters would pull out in this scenario. John and Joe decided to take the fight.
“Fighters, like John, would try to overcome anything. I could see as John’s promoter that he would never stop. It was not his night.”
The 26-year old Molina was humble and diplomatic in defeat, accepting the decision. But he felt that if he was at full strength, the bout would have ended differently.
“I’m not going to take anything away from Honorio,” said Molina, who will turn 27 next month. “I fought through this flu. I was not going to give up and I felt a responsibility to fight because I had so many fans here. I went ten rounds for the first time in my career. I did not have my punch, which makes me special.
“No hard feelings. I will be back.”
This was a big step up in class for Molina. Honorio had fought the likes of Robert Guerrero, Cristobal Cruz, Steven Luevano, Rogers Mtagwa, and Miguel Angel Huerta.
However, Molina had the size and strength advantage for this bout. Honorio was fighting for just the second time at lightweight, taking the fight with Molina for exposure and money purposes.
Still, Molina knew what he was getting in Honorio and hopes for a rematch. Molina was adamant that the bout should be at 135 pounds.
“He has fought the best out there,” said Molina. “He came out and fought a great fight. I knew what he possesses. Let him enjoy his victory tonight. If he wants to do it again, it would be at 135 pounds.”
Honorio scoffed at the idea, stating that he is a 130-pound fighter.
“We fought under his terms for this fight,” said Honorio. “There should be no excuses. People know that I’m a 130 pound fighter. If there is going to be a rematch, it will be on my terms. The rematch should be at 130 pounds.”
As sick as Molina may have been in, he learned quite a bit in his bout against Honorio.
“I took his punches. His punches did sting, but I handled his punches well. I just feel that I would have executed better if I was at 100%.”
Aside from Molina acknowledging that he will come back, Goossen feels the same way. He did not take anything away from Honorio’s victory, which he stated he won fair and square.
For as long as Goossen has been in the fight game, he feels strongly that Molina learned a great deal in defeat and will bounce back strongly.
“We know that he will come back from this loss. He will take positive things from this fight and look at film of this fight. He demonstrated he has a hard chin and could fight at this weight. I know he will be back.”