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Éric Lee Molina (born April 26, 1982) is an American professional boxer. He has challenged twice for a world heavyweight title, in 2015 and 2016.[1]

Éric Molina
Statistics
Real nameÉric Lee Molina
Nickname(s)Drummer Boy
Weight(s)
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Reach79 in (201 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1982-04-26) April 26, 1982 (age 37)
Raymondville, Texas, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights32
Wins27
Wins by KO19
Losses5

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Professional careerEdit

Molina turned professional on March 17, 2007; losing his first professional bout by knockout. Despite losing his first pro bout, Molina went on an 18-fight unbeaten streak. On January 18, 2012 he stepped up and fought former two-time world heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola. Despite losing the fight by first-round knockout, Molina did manage to hurt Arreola. Two and a half years later in May 2014, Molina scored his biggest professional career win by stopping former world heavyweight title challenger DaVarryl Williamson in five rounds.

On June 13, 2015 he fought for the WBC world heavyweight title against defending champion Deontay Wilder. Molina hurt the champion during the early rounds, but was knocked out in the ninth round. Molina scored the biggest win of his entire professional career in April 2016 by stopping former two-weight division world champion Tomasz Adamek in the tenth round. Later that year, on December 10, he challenged for the IBF heavyweight title against champion Anthony Joshua in Manchester, England. Molina lost by third-round knockout.

On May 22, 2018, Molina was suspended for two years after he tested positive for the prohibited substance dexamethasone.[2]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
32 fights 27 wins 5 losses
By knockout 19 5
By decision 8 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
32 Win 27–5   Nick Guivas UD 6 Feb 15, 2019   Amigoland Event Center, Brownsville, Texas, U.S.
31 Loss 26–5   Dominic Breazeale RTD 8 (12), 3:00 Nov 4, 2017   Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
30 Win 26–4   Jamal Woods MD 6 Sep 2, 2017   South Texas Fighting Academy, Palmhurst, Texas, U.S.
29 Loss 25–4   Anthony Joshua TKO 3 (12), 2:02 Dec 10, 2016   Manchester Arena, Manchester, England For IBF heavyweight title
28 Win 25–3   Tomasz Adamek KO 10 (12), 3:00 Apr 2, 2016   Tauron Arena, Kraków, Poland Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
27 Win 24–3   Rodricka Ray TKO 6 (6), 1:17 Sep 10, 2015   Boggus Ford Events Center, Pharr, Texas, U.S.
26 Loss 23–3   Deontay Wilder KO 9 (12), 1:03 Jun 13, 2015   Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. For WBC heavyweight title
25 Win 23–2   Raphael Zumbano Love TKO 8 (8), 1:28 Jan 17, 2015   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
24 Win 22–2   Theo Kruger TKO 3 (6), 1:55 Aug 2, 2014   Boggus Ford Events Center, Pharr, Texas, U.S.
23 Win 21–2   DaVarryl Williamson TKO 5 (10), 2:39 May 10, 2014   Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
22 Win 20–2   Tony Grano UD 12 Apr 27, 2013   Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, U.S. Won NABF heavyweight title
21 Win 19–2   Andrew Greeley UD 6 Jun 16, 2012   Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, U.S.
20 Loss 18–2   Chris Arreola KO 1 (12), 2:30 Jan 18, 2012   American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S. Lost WBC–USNBC heavyweight title
19 Win 18–1   Warren Browning TKO 3 (12), 0:24 Aug 13, 2011   Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBCUSNBC heavyweight title
18 Win 17–1   Joseph Rabotte TKO 6 (6), 1:38 Mar 12, 2011   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 16–1   Rayford Johnson UD 6 Dec 10, 2010   Casa de Amistad, Harlingen, Texas, U.S.
16 Win 15–1   Leo Bercier RTD 3 (6), 0:10 Sep 30, 2010   Joens Entertainment, Harlingen, Texas, U.S.
15 Win 14–1   Chris Thomas TKO 4 (10), 0:48 Jun 18, 2010   Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, U.S. Retained WBC Latino cruiserweight title
14 Win 13–1   Andrew Greeley UD 6 Feb 6, 2010   Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, U.S.
13 Win 12–1   Gabriel Holguin UD 10 Sep 10, 2009   Mooncussers, South Padre Island, Texas, U.S. Won vacant WBC Latino cruiserweight title
12 Win 11–1   Clinton Bonds KO 1 (4), 2:38 Jun 19, 2009   Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.
11 Win 10–1   Osvaldo Martinez TKO 3 (8), 0:45 May 15, 2009   Casa de Amistad, Harlingen, Texas, U.S. Retained Texas cruiserweight title
10 Win 9–1   Rayford Johnson TKO 3 (8), 2:14 Feb 27, 2009   Casa de Amistad, Harlingen, Texas, U.S. Retained Texas cruiserweight title
9 Win 8–1   David Robinson TKO 1 (8), 2:51 Sep 18, 2008   Casa de Amistad, Harlingen, Texas, U.S. Won vacant Texas cruiserweight title
8 Win 7–1   Douglas Robertson UD 4 Jul 4, 2008   Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.
7 Win 6–1   Anthony Greeley TKO 1 (6), 2:38 Jun 21, 2008   Rio Grande Valley Harley-Davidson, McAllen, Texas, U.S.
6 Win 5–1   Isaac Ruiz TKO 2 (6), 1:10 Mar 28, 2008   Municipal Auditorium, Harlingen, Texas, U.S.
5 Win 4–1   Robbie McClimans TKO 2 (8), 1:09 Dec 20, 2007   Convention Center, Pasadena, Texas, U.S.
4 Win 3–1   Brad Bowers TKO 1 (4), 0:44 Sep 26, 2007   Casa de Amistad, Harlingen, Texas, U.S.
3 Win 2–1   Ras Thompson KO 2 (4), 1:28 Aug 10, 2007   Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, U.S.
2 Win 1–1   Tim Harris TKO 1 (4), 2:02 Jun 22, 2007   Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, U.S.
1 Loss 0–1   Ashanti Jordan KO 1 (4), 1:45 Mar 17, 2007   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Staff. "Eric "Drummer Boy" Molina: And the Beat Goes On – A Valley Boxer's Rise to Victory in Las Vegas". rgvisionmagazine.com.
  2. ^ "Eric Molina: Anthony Joshua opponent banned after failing doping test". BBC. Retrieved 15 March 2019.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Robbie McClimans
Texas cruiserweight champion
October 18, 2008 – 2010
Vacated
Vacant
Vacant
Title last held by
Wayne Braithwaite
WBC Latino
cruiserweight champion

October 10, 2009 – August 2011
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Yunier Dorticos
Vacant
Title last held by
Bermane Stiverne
WBC–USNBC
heavyweight champion

August 13, 2011 – February 18, 2012
Succeeded by
Chris Arreola
Vacant
Title last held by
Tony Grano
NABF heavyweight champion
April 27, 2013 – November 2013
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Andy Ruiz
Vacant
Title last held by
Erkan Teper
IBF Inter-Continental
heavyweight champion

April 2, 2016 – December 10, 2016
Lost bid for world title
Vacant
Title next held by
Carlos Takam