Team Molina's Official Position
on Travesty in Texas
"Texas Commission Has No Choice But to Reverse DQ and Rule a No Contest."
representatives of junior middleweight Carlos Molina have the following
official response to his improper disqualification Saturday night against
James Kirkland in a WBC Light Middleweight Semi-Final Elimination fight at
the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas.
"Referee Jon Schorle was in error of Texas rules last night when he
disqualified Carlos Molina and therefore the fight must be changed to a No
Contest ruling," asserts Leon Margules, promoter of Chicago-based junior
middleweight "King" Carlos
Schorle, with assistance from Texas Commission officials and others at
ringside, disqualified Molina, saying that his cornerman entered the ring
while the round was ongoing because he was still delivering his standing
eight count for the questionable flash knockdown Molina suffered at the
end of round 10.
If a cornerman enters the ring during a round, a disqualification is
possible, however, Margules correctly points to Texas Commission Rule
61.41(K)(6), which states:
When a round ends before a contestant who was knocked down rises, the bell
shall not ring, and the count shall continue. If the contestant rises
before the count of ten, the bell shall ring ending the round.
"By issuing a standing eight count after the knockdown, Referee Schorle
was in violation of his own commission's rule," explains Margules. "The
moment Carlos Molina got to his feet, the round was over. In Texas, and as
far as I know everywhere else in the United States, there is no standing
eight count in the case of a knockdown at the end of a round. Once the
fighter stands up, the round is over. Therefore, Carlos' cornerman was
correct to enter the ring after his fighter stood up because the bell had
already rung, and it was Referee Schorle who was incorrect to issue an
eight count. The Texas Commission should have no choice but to change this
to a No Contest. It was their referee who didn't know their own rules.
There was no foul. Under Texas rules, the cornerman did not enter the ring
until after the round ended."
Margules says it was an unfortunate conclusion to what could have been a
cliff hanger over the final two rounds. "Even if there hadn't been a rule
violation necessitating a No Contest... even if the disqualification had
been technically justifiable, it was a tragic ending to a fight between
two young fighters who trained extremely hard and fought extremely hard to
get where they are. The fans will never know what would have happened in
those last two rounds. We think Carlos would have gotten back up and
continued dominating the fight, but I'm sure their side thinks James was
starting to turn it on and would have completed the miracle comeback. Now
none of us will ever know and that's a shame."
Schorle's mishandling of Texas rules wasn't the only impropriety Margules
makes note of from Saturday night.
"Gale Van Hoy's scorecard is a pretty clear indication that he's not
physically capable of judging fights anymore. Gale has served boxing
honorably for many years, but his declining health has obviously robbed
him of his ability to accurately judge a fight."
Unbelievably, Judge Van Hoy had Kirkland winning the fight 86-85 at the
time of the DQ, while the vast majority of observers feel that Molina had
established a dominant lead. Judges Dave Moretti (88-83) and David
Sutherland (87-84) agreed, having Molina winning by five and three points
Margules says in addition to the inevitable No Contest ruling he will
oversee, he will petition the WBC for an immediate rematch.
Luis DeCubas, Molina's advisor further stated, "I'm sure Golden Boy
Promotions (Kirkland's promoter) will agree with me that an immediate
rematch is warranted. I remember their great concern for the improper
actions of ringsiders after Amir Khan lost to Lamont Peterson, so watching
the tape and seeing the obvious influence on the situation exerted by
their matchmaker Eric Gomez, who was standing behind the ringside
officials shouting at them to disqualify Molina... they must be mortified
by his actions and in search of an immediate rectification."
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