Eric Molina: "I'm ready to shock the world!"Written by Joseph Herron
This past Thursday, it was officially announced by Goossen Tutor Promotions that Chris Arreola (34-2, 29 KOs) would be facing the unheralded Rio Grande Valley warrior, Eric "Drummer Boy" Molina (18-1, 14 KOs) on February 18th in a WBC title eliminator special event.
When Eric was offered the opportunity to face one of the more popular Heavyweights in the division, the 29 year old Texan jumped at the opening.
"This is a fight that I wanted. I've been waiting for the opportunity to show the world what I can do and this is it. So, taking the fight with Chris was a no brainer. What am I going to do, say no? I'm not going to say no to this. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I plan on taking full advantage of it."
With less than a month to prepare for the biggest fight of his life, Molina feels that all of the pressure is on his opponent.
"I have a lot of respect for Chris Arreola and I've watched several of his fights, but I'm going into this fight with no pressure. I'm not too concerned with the shortened training period because I had already prepared for a fight in December which fell through. So I showed up to camp in shape and all I have to do now is adjust to his style of fighting."
"When people bring up the fight with Chris, they make it seem like I'm fighting Mike Tyson or something. When have you ever seen Arreola knock someone out like Tyson? He's a guy that puts his punches together well and has a great chin, but I'm a very big puncher and we're going to test his chin often on February 18th."
The 6'5" Mexican-American Heavyweight has been preparing under the watchful eye of underrated strategist and trainer James Gogue as well as former WBC Heavyweight Champion Oliver McCall.
Molina feels confident that he has assembled the appropriate team in preparation for this very important bout.
"This is actually our third camp preparing with Oliver McCall and he always brings a lot of experience to the ring. He is a very hard puncher and emulates Arreola's pressure style very well. In my opinion, Oliver is one of the toughest gym fighters in the world. He's always been a feared heavyweight and his resume speaks for itself. If anyone can prepare me for a fighter like Chris Arreola in a short amount of time, I know that Oliver is the guy to do it."
Leading into this WBC title eliminator bout on February 18th, most spectators will view the relatively unknown Hispanic fighter as a massive underdog, due in large part to a lack of global and national media exposure.
But, Eric warns his detractors and critics not to sleep on the powerful young heavyweight.
"Everyone is going to have their doubts about my chances in this contest because most fight fans have never seen me fight; and the ones who have seen me, have never seen me fight an opponent as highly ranked as Arreola. But I know in my heart and my mind that I didn't take this fight for the money, and I definitely wouldn't be stepping in the ring if I didn't know for sure that I could realistically win this fight."
"I took this fight because I know I can win this. Most of Chris' more recent opponents had conceded their defeat before they ever stepped in the ring. I'm not going into to the ring as an opponent who is just happy to be there. I am a very strong heavyweight with power in both hands and I am going into this fight looking to shock the world by beating Chris Arreola."
On Saturday, February 18th, less than two hours away from his home in Lyford, TX, "The Drummer Boy" plans on having a large number of supporters at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX, who will be ready to crash Arreola's party.
Eric claims that his die-hard fans will provide some extra motivation en route to a resounding and decisive victory.
"I have the greatest fans in the world who reside in the great Rio Grande Valley of Texas. They are my people and they know how hungry I am to win this fight against Chris Arreola in Corpus Christi. If anyone thinks that I'm going into this fight just to bend over for Arreola, they couldn't be more wrong. I'm going to be fighting in front of my friends, family, and supporters on February 18th. There's no way that I will let anyone beat me in my backyard."
"I'm going out there to shock the world...period!"
As the days grow closer to the most important fight of his life, Eric Molina carries the support of an entire region of Texas and a strong belief in himself to the ring on February 18th.
"I want to thank all my fans, friends, family, and sponsors who have stuck by me since the very beginning. It feels like it's taken an eternity to get here and I wouldn't have made it this far without them. This is our time and this is why everyone helped me get here. So I am doing this for everyone who has supported me throughout my career."
"This is our moment and this is our time to shock the world!"
The live triple-header will feature Two-Time World Champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams versus Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan, IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud against former title holder Gabriel Campillo, and WBC Heavyweight title contender Chris Arreola taking on Texas favourite Eric Molina in a WBC title eliminator contest.
The February 18th, event is scheduled to take place at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX, and will be televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Tickets for "Triple Threat" are priced at $25, $35, $50, $75 and $100, and are available at the American Bank Center box office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. They are also available online at ticketmaster.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Photos by Adrian Hernandez, MyUniversalSports.com