Molitor looking for a (big) fight

Steve Molitor, seen here before he lost his IBF title to Takalani Ndlovu in South Africa in March,...

Steve Molitor, seen here before he lost his IBF title to Takalani Ndlovu in South Africa in March, wants another shot at a world title. (Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

Steve Buffery, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 4:13 AM ET

After Mississauga boxer Steve Molitor lost his world title belt on March 26 in South Africa, there was a lot of crying in the Molitor household.

But it’s not what you think.

Yes, The Canadian Kid was deeply disappointed about losing his IBF super bantamweight crown to Takalani (The Panther) Ndlovu in Johannesburg by unanimous decision at Nasrec Indoor Arena — a place the always colourful Molitor called “a shit hole.”

But it wasn’t Steve Molitor tearing up.

Two days after arriving back home from South Africa, Molitor’s wife Tiffany gave birth to the couple’s third child, little Mira Marie Molitor. The growing family now includes a girl and two young sons, Jetley and Steel.

Given that he is 31, has a wife and three little kids at home, and hasn’t looked all that impressive in his last couple of fights, there was growing speculation that Molitor was preparing to hang up his gloves and move on with his life. But those rumours, Molitor told the Toronto Sun this week, are false.

“That never crossed my mind,” he said, of any retirement plans. “I love this game and it’s not like I’ve been knocked out or hurt. And I’m still hungry.

“Yes, I was pissed that I had to go to South Africa to fight, but it was good money, a quarter of a million dollars, so I can’t complain that much.”

What Molitor does plan to do is maintain a reasonably high level of fitness this summer, but also to spend time with the family and play a lot of golf.

“I shoot in the high 70’s, low 80’s,” he said. “But I’m going to spend a lot of time with my family. The last 5-6 years I’ve missed a lot of time with my kids, even when I’m here I’m not really here, I’m always training, and I feel a little bit guilty.”

Molitor is hoping his manager Cameron Dunkin finds a good fight for him sometime around October. With a still impressive record, 33-2, Molitor expects Dunkin to negotiate a quick title fight or, at the very least, a title elimination bout.

“We’re not going to try to have any easy tune-up fight or try to climb the ladder again. I’m 31 years old, it’s all or nothing,” Molitor said. “It could be an elimination fight, but I’ve paid my dues, especially in the 122 pound division. I deserve a freebee.”

One fighter Molitor would like to challenge is newly crowned WBO super-bantamweight champ Jorge Arce, who upset Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight on May 7.

Molitor believes he has the right style to kick Arce’s, uh, well, you know. Arce, 57-6-2, and Molitor became friends back in 2002 when the Canadian was hired to work as a sparring partner for Eric Morales at a training camp in Mexico.

“He’s a nice guy,” said Molitor. “But I think I could beat him.”

GSP A REAL TWEETER

UFC welterweight king Georges St. Pierre has been given the green light to resume training after suffering an eye injury during his successful title defence against Jake Shields at UFC 129 on April 30. The Montreal mixed martial artist was in New York City this week training at Renzo Gracie’s gym.

“I spent my day at Renzo’s academy training with the guys 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Now I am eating a huge steak with sweat potato :) what a day!” GSP twittered on Monday. Later, he twittered that he meant sweet potato, though his fans probably don’t care what type of starch St. Pierre consumes, as long as he gets back into the octagon soon.

As for whom his next opponent might be, the so-called superfight with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva appears to becoming less and less a possibility, partly because of GSP’s performance at UFC 129. Though he dominated Shields, it was yet another less than sensational performance by St. Pierre, whose reputation as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world has taken a hit recently. There seems to growing talk of a title match against Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz. UFC president Dana White has said he is open to the idea.

BRASHEAR NEEDS NEW OPPONENT

Former NHL tough guy Donald Brashear is still scheduled to make his MMA debut on June 4, at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, but organizers are looking for an opponent after his original foe, Martin Trempe (0-2), dropped out because of injury. Brashear put together a 2-1 record as a boxer after leaving the NHL.

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