Molitor out for revenge

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:45 AM ET

Former world super bantamweight Steve Molitor is back training and, according to his promoter Allan Tremblay, only two or three fights away from another world title shot.

However, the Canadian Kid's return bout will not occur on March 20 at Casino Rama, the date and site for Rumble at Rama VII. That card will feature a IBF Intercontinental jr. featherweight title match between Mauricio (Nanara) Martinez (35-8-1 23 KOs) of Panama and Heriberto (Cuarte) Ruiz (40-7-2, 23 KOs) of Mexico.

Tremblay said yesterday that Molitor, who lost his title to the freakishly tall WBA champion Celestino Caballero on Nov. 21 at Rama, his first loss in 29 pro bouts, wanted to return to the ring on the March 20 card at Rama, but his handlers advised him to wait a little longer.

"Physically, he's fine," said Tremblay. "I know he's hungry again, but I want him starving. I want to see the poor son of a b---- who is going to fight him be in for the nightmare of his life."

Tremblay said the shocking, fourth-round TKO loss to Caballero was much tougher on Molitor psychologically than it was physically. He ordered the Sarnia fighter to go home after the loss and take a long break.

"Steve's never really had a break from boxing," said Tremblay. "And you have to appreciate the damage that losing a big, championship, unification bout on home soil does to a fighter."

In any event, Tremblay admitted that part of the reason for matching two unknowns for the main event in a Canadian show is to retain some influence in that weight class for when Molitor returns to the ring. Molitor is still ranked No.4 in the world by the IBF.

Tremblay said Molitor will be in attendance at Rumble at Rama VII for "a major announcement", which will likely to announce his comeback fight, possibly against the winner of Martinez and Ruiz.

In a strange twist, despite the one-sided loss to Caballero, Tremblay said that if Molitor does get another world title shot, the fighter said he wants another crack at the Panamanian.

"He wants Caballero real bad," said Tremblay.

The Rama card will also feature unbeaten Canadian heavyweight champion, Greg (Steel Pole) Kielsa (8-0, 3 KOs), against Arthur (The Bear) Cook (14-4-2 5KOs) of Winnipeg.

Tremblay has big plans for the 6-4, 240-pound Kielsa, who hails from Poland, by way of Brampton, though the big brawler is a man of few words.

When interviewed yesterday about the fight, Kielsa gave the same answer when asked about his conditioning, the prospect of facing Cook, and his future plans if all goes well on March 20.

"Ask my trainer," he said.

STEVE.BUFFERY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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