I'm not sure if any active boxer has been ripped off more often than Carlos Molina. Early in his career, he fought a pair of six-round bouts with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In my opinion, Molina deserved to win both fights, but his record shows a loss and a draw.
I thought he deserved to win his draw with Erislandy Lara in March 2011 as well. But the worst injustice he has suffered came in March 2012, when he lost by disqualification to James Kirkland in a fight he was winning.
At the conclusion of Round 10, Kirkland muscled/threw Molina to the canvas. The bell rang as Molina tumbled to the deck.
Referee Jon Schorle ruled it a knockdown, which was questionable but not totally out of line. Still, Molina easily beat the count and did not appear even remotely shaken.
With time expired in the round, Molina's corner assumed it was over and began the normal process of entering the ring. In a moment that shocked everybody watching, including the HBO broadcast team, Schorle inexplicably DQ'd Molina.
This fight was in Texas and had screw job written all over it. Judge Gale E. Van Hoy even had Kirkland up on the cards, which was incomprehensible to me.
As can be seen in the attached video, even Kirkland's trainer, Ann Wolfe, told Molina: "You were winning."
Kirkland has been among the more exciting punchers during this century but also one of the most troubled fighters outside of the ring. He's faced legal problems throughout his career and earlier this summer was arrested for assault.
He hasn't fought since the "win" over Molina, but Fight Hype reported earlier this month that Kirkland is about to sign with rapper 50 Cent's promotion.
If he is returning to action, he owes Molina a rematch. And since Molina has since captured the IBF junior middleweight title, he'll probably be willing to give it to him.