IBF Junior Middleweight Champion "King" Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KO's) took a break from training yesterday to hang out with all-time-great "Iron" Mike Tyson in Chicago.
Molina, 30, is deep in preparations for his upcoming fight, his first title defense against unbeaten, but unproven, Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KO's) on the Showtime PPV undercard of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo on March 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"We always have a good game plan going in and we'll have one this time," said Molina. "We have to train to beat him a number of different ways because you never know what will happen on fight night."
Molina says he's not taking 23-year-old Charlo, rated #5 IBF, #5 WBO, #13 WBC, lightly, despite his being unproven against top-flight opposition.
"It's hard to tell what he'll bring," said Molina. "But he's undefeated, so you have to take him seriously. I'll be ready for anything."
Molina is sparring, once again, with undefeated cruiserweight contender Dimar Ortuz, among others.
"Dimar gives me a lot of movement and fights me on the inside and the outside. And he's very strong, so no matter who I fight on fight night, they're never as strong as he is."