Prospect Spotlight: Former Olympians Oscar & Javier Molina
January 7, 2016
Anna Aguilar (131 articles)
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Prospect Spotlight: Former Olympians Oscar & Javier Molina

It takes hard work and strong dedication to keep yourself focused as an amateur boxer on the road to represent your country in the Olympics. Not everyone makes it, and not everyone wants to be sent home. In the 2011 documentary film, directed by Justin Frimmer, we are able to encounter the life and journey of former Mexican and USA Olympian twins, Oscar and Javier Molina as they prepare for the 2008 Olympic trails. Throughout the 94-minute film, Oscar and Javier allow the world to witness the sweat, blood and tears they went through to make their dreams into reality.

Javier & Oscar with fighter Aaron Alameda and their trainers, father, Miguel and Bravo. Photo by: Ismael Gallardo

Born into a family already involved in the sport of boxing, it was inevitable for the twins to lace up the gloves. Their father, Miguel, had four professional fights in Mexico before coming to the the United States and their older brother, Carlos Molina, is a professional fighter holding a record of 17-2-2 (7 KOs). Carlos gained the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title in June 2012 when he beat Marcos Leonardo Jimenez. His only two losses were to Amir Khan and Adrien Broner. The twins have four other brothers that are not involved in the sport.

Oscar and Javier were born on January 2, 1990 in Commerce, California and started boxing at the age of seven. They both represent their hometown, Norwalk, California and train out of Maywood Boxing Club with their manager/trainer, Arnulfo Bravo. Oscar is also trained by his father. Despite some set backs with Oscar’s shoulder injury and Javier’s hand injuries, the brothers feel healthy and strong after their reconstructive surgeries and are ready to make 2016 a break out year. Their promoter, Tom Brown, who took over Goossen Promotions after his brother in law, Dan Goossen past away in September 2014, changed the promotion company name to TGB Promotions and is associated with Al Haymon’s Premiere Boxing Champions network. With TGB as PBC’s lead promoter, the Molina twins and fighters signed with TGB are able to have the advantage to fight on these cards that extend a “Free Boxing For All” to boxing fans on basic television.

Oscar Molina

Oscar Molina working out with a fellow gym mate at Maywood Boxing Club. Photo By: Anna Aguilar

 

The oldest of the twins, Oscar fell short to represent the United States for the 2008 Olympics. He chose to make his Olympic dream come true and went on to represent Mexico in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. “In 2007, I was in the U.S. Championships, to make it for the U.S. team and I ended up losing by a point,” said Oscar. “So, you know, I was devastated already. I had barely turned seventeen, so I was bummed out.”

The obstacles that brought heartache only strengthened Oscar’s drive to discipline himself more so he can reach his life long dream of becoming an Olympian. Being apart of these two Olympic trails helped Oscar to mature into a solid boxer by the time he made the choice to join his brothers in the professional boxing life. “I fought a lot of the best fighters from the countries and I learned a lot. I think it benefited me staying in the amateurs, traveling, fighting and fighting different fighters,” said Oscar.

In January 2012, Oscar made his pro debut in Mexico as a Super Lightweight, but now fights in the Super Welterweight division. Eight fights into his professional career, Oscar suffered a shoulder injury and had to retain from boxing for nine months after his surgery to reconstruct a torn ligament. He came back to the ring in September 2014 and gained a unanimous decision win in Mexico against Luis Prieto. Oscar went on to improve his undefeated record to 13-0-1 (10 KOs). His one draw came from his recent throw down with undefeated rising prospect, Dominque Dolton (17-0-1, 9 KOs) in September. Oscar staggered Dolton in the third round, and though both guys fought a tremendous fight, the outcome was just too close to declare a winner. “I was catching him with the better shots, but he was busier,” said Oscar. “I think that’s how it ended up a draw. He was throwing a lot, but I was catching him with the cleaner shots. You just got to learn from it. I can learn from a draw instead of a loss.”

Oscar was to fight January 23rd, on the undercard of Danny Garcia versus Robert Guerrero, PBC’s first big fight of the year. However, a match up with a potential opponent fell through.

Javier Molina

Javier Molina with manager/trainer, Arnulfo Bravo. Photo By: Anna Aguilar

Javier started his professional career a lot sooner than his older brother, because he did qualify for the 2008 Olympic trails and went on to represent the United States in Beijing. He was the youngest member, at just seventeen, when he qualified. He also has bragging rights to the fact that he beat former WBA/WBC Super Lightweight Champion, Danny “Swift” Garcia, in the Olympic trail finals. “To be an Olympian was always my dream since I was a little kid,” said Javier. “It was always something I always shot for.”

Javier holds a record of 17-1, (8 KOs), fights in the welterweight division and just recently became a father. His daughter is seven months old. Though his journey to the Olympics didn’t involve as much heartache like his brother’s, it did involve plenty of obstacles early in his professional career. Just like his brother, Javier suffered injuries that had him on a layoff for more than a year after his 2013 knockout victory in Mexico, against his opponent, Francisco Javier Parra. “I broke my hand four times. Since my second fight, I’ve had hand injuries my whole career. I got surgery and they put medal plates in there. Ever since they put the medal plates in there, it hasn’t hurt anymore,” said Javier.

He returned to the ring in September 2014 and knocked out Jorge Pimentel in the third round. He suffered his first loss in 2011 from Colton, CA’s Artemio Reyes, but since then, has won every single fight. On January, 19th, Javier will face undefeated Jamal James (18-0, 9 KOs) on FS1 as part of PBC’s “Toe to Toe Tuesdays”.  Jamal has an advantage of height against Javier, standing at 6’2 against Javier’s height of 5’9”, but it is not such of a challenge for Javier. “It’ll be a little different, but I’m always up for anything,” said Javier. “His biggest strength, I think, is his reach. He does throw a lot of punches, so I have been sparring a lot of guys who are 6’2”, also. I’ve been working a lot on getting inside, working the body. I’ve been working on a lot of things to pick my punch count up, because I know he likes to stay busy in there, so it should be an exciting fight.”

Despite the setbacks, Javier is hopeful for his boxing career. “My job right now is to stay in the gym, and just keep training and keep winning. As long as I keep winning, I know I will make it up there eventually. That’s my job is to stay in the gym, keep being the best and keep learning everyday,” said Javier. “I’m always learning everyday. I’m in the gym getting better and better. Right now I feel better than I did my last fight. I’ve been in camp for about six weeks already and we got three weeks to go, so I feel in tip top shape right now.”

Be sure to remain on the look out for these two rising star twins. For more information on their next bouts, go to www.tgbpromotions.com or www.premierboxingchampions.com. Follow the twins on Instagram and [email protected] and @javiermolina562.

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