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Jermall Charlo is an undefeated young fighter with tremendous natural talent and first-rate training. He's well-connected promotionally and has the path to stardom at his feet.
But he has to actually walk that path, which will mean continuing to execute against increasingly difficult competition. Carlos Molina might not dazzle, but he is a legitimate top-five junior middleweight.
Nobody gave him that status. He earned it the hard way and won't just hand it over to Charlo because a bunch of promoters and boxing writers think the twins look like the second coming of Terry Norris and Winky Wright.
Charlo has the physical advantages over Molina, and he looks to have the technical skills to exploit those physical tools.
But he'll need to stay cool under the pressure of a much tougher and smarter opponent than he's ever faced. So far he has only had one scheduled 10-round fight in his career. This world-title shot is a major step up.
Charlo will have to resist getting drawn into Molina's fight. When Molina manages to crash into range where they can both land, Charlo should stay smart and box back out of Molina's range behind his jab instead of listening to his adrenaline and trading flurries.
He can't let Molina set the tempo. When the champ is trying to speed things up by crashing inside, Charlo needs to negate his offense and slow things down.
When Molina is trying to regroup on the outside, Charlo needs to press the action and cut off the ring.
Charlo has most of the advantages in this fight. If he can make control of terrain and tempo at least a push, he should be able to win with relative ease.