IBF SAYS MOLITOR CHICKENING OUT WAS THEIR CALL
From Ronnie Nathanielsz’ article on Philboxing.com
“IBF SAYS MOLITOR CAN’T AGREE TO CONCEPCION FIGHT”
International Boxing Federation Championship Committee chairman Lindsey Tucker has ruled out any possibility of North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Bernabe Concepcion fighting IBF champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor for Molitor’s world title.
Tucker made the statement after Concepcion’s manager Aljoe Jaro claimed tthe undefeated Molitor ( 27-0, 10 KO’s) had refused to fight the 20 year old Filipino who has a record of 25-1-1 with 14 knockouts on the undercard of the “Lethal Combination” showdown between Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao and WBC lightweight champion David Diaz in Las Vegas on June 28.
The impression being projected that Molitor was scared to give Concepcion a title shot was effectively corrected by Tucker who informed Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today that Molitor “cannot agree to defend his title against someone who is unranked by the IBF but ranked by another organization.” Concepcion is ranked No. 7 by the World Boxing Council.