Since losing his first professional fight by controversial split decision to Zab Judah in 2010, Matthysse has developed into one of the most popular fighters in the world. He lost another, even more controversial, split decision to Devon Alexander in 2011 but then won six straight fights by stoppage, highlighted by a brutal Round 3 TKO of IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson in May 2013.
Heading into his showdown with WBC and WBA 140-pound champion Danny Garcia last September, a lot of fans considered Matthysse to be a still undefeated fighter. Garcia clearly outboxed Matthysse, closing his right eye and earning a unanimous-decision victory, but even in defeat, Matthysse made a tough stand.
Matthysse remains one of the biggest stars in the welterweight neighborhood and a typical performance by him on Saturday against Molina will have his name right back on everybody's lips. With a couple of good wins, a rematch against Garcia would make sense.
Molina was a credible contender at lightweight, even handing Hank Lundy and Mickey Bey their first professional losses. But his world-title shot against Antonio DeMarco in September 2012 was disastrous. The champion caught Molina with a big left hand early in the first round, and he was unable to recover, succumbing to TKO just 44 seconds into the fight.
If you are a fighter who is vulnerable to getting caught and swarmed in the early going, "The Machine" Matthysse is a very dangerous opponent. Molina is definitely not a bum, but there's a chance this fight could provide Matthysse the opportunity to look very dominant in his return to action.