‘Canadian Kid’ Molitor Eyes Commonwealth Crown!
By GM Ross / CanadianBoxiana.com (21-Sep-2012)
GM Ross takes a look at Two-time world champion Steve Molitor who is set to take on Carl Framptom on the Betfair Judgement Day bill TOMORROW at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, live on Sky Sports.The last two years have been a rollercoaster for Steve Molitor. ‘The Canadian Kid’ regained his IBF Super Bantamweight championship in March 2010, taking a decision over Takalani Ndlovu (30-5-0) of South Africa. Molitor then travelled to England, defending his laurels against Jason Booth (35-5-0), retaining his IBF title via majority decision. Then, the improbable happened. Takalani Ndlovu, who Molitor defeated twice before, dethroned the Canadian via unanimous decision in front of a boisterous South Africa crowd. On Saturday, September 22, Molitor could potentially make huge strides towards another world title shot, should the Canadian successfully defeat Commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental Champion Carl Frampton (14-0-0) of Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the titlist’s home soil.
After defeating Quebec prospect Sebastien Gauthier (21-2-0) via split decision in an all-out brawl last November, Molitor appears poised to rebuild his career from the ground up, beginning with his old honors in the Commonwealth. Molitor’s previous Commonwealth reign dates back to 2002, he defeated Nicky Booth of England for the vacant bantamweight title.
Molitor, however, never defended the title, moving on to NABA and WBF titles, before winning his first of two IBF straps. While Molitor’s career is decorated in multiple regional, minor-world, and major-world titles, Carl Frampton’s resume is relatively meager in comparison. That’s not to say Frampton lack talent. The Northern Irishman has shown remarkable tenacity in his fifteen professional bouts, proving to be a real crowd pleasure in the British Isles.
Frampton has exploded on to the international boxing scene with impressive victories over above average prospects, claiming the Commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental titles in the process. In his Commonwealth championship debut, Frampton made short work of Melbourne, Australia’s Mark Quon (11-3-1) to lay claim to the vacant super bantamweight title via fourth round TKO. Frampton defend his Commonwealth title twice, stopping Kris Hughes (15-1-0) of Scotland and Prosper Ankrah (18-2-0) of Ghana, in the seventh and second rounds, respectively. Frampton added a new piece to his trophy case last May, taking a wide unanimous decision and the IBF Inter-Continental title against Raul Hilares (16-0-1) of Mexico.
In a recent Bleacher Report article, UK fight analyst Zachary Alapi calls Frampton “obvious choice to win.” Although I respect and admire both Carl Frampton and Mr. Alapi, I must disagree. Frampton can punch, and punch hard, there is no doubt about that. For Frampton’s power to play a significant factor in the fight, however, he will first have to catch up with the much quicker and experienced Molitor. The Canadian is also a more technical boxer, with a plethora of tools at his disposal – tools that no Frampton opponent has possessed to date. Molitor’s counterpunching, for example, will give Frampton some serious trouble, exploiting his aggressive style of boxing. I predict a majority decision win for Molitor, after twelve hard rounds of boxing.
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