Battery assets nil?

STEVE SIMMONS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:49 PM ET

Steve Molitor has a succinct message for Israel Vasquez and Daniel Ponce de Leon, the bigger boxing names among the smaller athletes of the sport.

"Be a real champion and fight me," Molitor said yesterday, just days away from making his second defence of his IBF super bantamweight champion, both of them at Casino Rama.

"I'm ready for them. Whenever they're ready to step up, I'm here waiting."

The Canadian kid is restless and barely paid respectful notice of Fahsan 3K Battery, his opponent Saturday night outside Orillia.

Molitor boldly predicted a sixth-round knockout over the Thai contender and having watched his opponent on film, sees no reason why he won't extend his won-loss record to 25-0 on Saturday night.

When asked what he could exploit against Battery, Molitor quickly answered: "His poor defence. Slow hands. Slow feet ... compared to mine, they're slow.

"It doesn't matter what's said, though. It's what we do in the ring."

Normally in boxing when a fighter says he wants to impress King, he is talking Don, but this time Battery actually had dedicated this fight to the aging monarch of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who turns 80 in December.

The entire Battery camp will be decorated in the King's favourite colour upon entering the ring.

"We hate to disappoint the King of Thailand, but so be it," said James Jardine, Molitor's manager who strangely doubles as ring announcer. "The Rumble at Rama 11 will be another train wreck."

Promoter Allen Tremblay said the house at Rama is sold out for Molitor's second title defence. The first came in July. Three months later, he's back in the ring again.

"I have to stay sharp," Molitor said. "I'm not even close (to being the fighter I want to be). I haven't faced the opponents like Vasquez or Ponce de Leon. I'm ready for that, I'm waiting.

"But first, 3K Battery. I never look past an opponent. I have to do my work. He's been in the ring with the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Manny Pacquiao. That has to mean something."

It means Battery, 58-8-1, lasted four rounds with Pacquiao. Molitor predicts this will last six. "Right now, I think he's the best 122 pounder on the planet," Jardine said. "I think he beats any of them, WBC, WBA, WBO, any of them."


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