Cosmopolitan Friday boxing card features Molina and Conyers

Apr 26, 2011 6:06 AM

You need a judge’s scorecard to keep up with the number of main event matchups the flamboyant Luis DeCubas has tried to schedule for this Friday night’s eagerly-awaited boxing card at the Cosmopolitan.

"I think we have come up with a great fight, but it has been an awful lot of work for me," said DeCubas, who is now promoting a main event bout between undefeated Carlos Molina and Allen Conyers at 154 pounds.

"Molina is one of the top up and coming fighters in the world and we are very fortunate to have been able to get him," DeCubas said when reached at his Florida office. "Conyers is a very tough opponent who has been in there with some of the best. ESPN was very happy when we were able to book a Puerto Rican and Mexican fighter. They always bring a great show."

Before we get into the particulars of Molina-Conyers, let’s start with the venue – the Cosmopolitan’s lavish fourth level outdoor deck of The Boulevard Pool that a national TV audience will see on ESPN2 for the first time as a fight site.

"In my boxing career, I’ve never seen a staff so enthusiastic and helpful as those representing the Cosmopolitan," DeCubas said. "John Unwin (Cosmopolitan CEO) has gone out of his way to make us feel comfortable and we hope to have a long relationship with him in the future."

As for Unwin, a huge boxing fan, he noted a month ago at the weigh-in of Fight Night I how important the sport is to the image of the latest Las Vegas mega resort.

"We want to bring back the great days of outdoor boxing that Caesars Palace enjoyed in Las Vegas," Unwin said last month when the luxury resort hosted a full card of undefeated Cuban fighters in much colder conditions. "The outdoor fight, though, is really going to be special."

Now as to how we arrived at Molina-Conyers. Originally it was supposed to be Victor Cayo and Tim Coleman in an IBF super lightweight elimination bout with the victor supposedly in line for a shot at Zab Judah, although Judah’s sights are reportedly set on Juan Manuel Marquez or even Manny Pacquiao.

Coleman then dropped out of the fight when Lamont Peterson exercised his right to gain the shot at Cayo on the basis of a higher ranking.

However that matchup was short-lived when Cayo was forced out of the fight with an injured shoulder, causing Peterson to in turn bow out of his agreement.

So with Re and Mi out, it brings us back to Do, aka Molina-Conyers. Molina’s stats are indeed impressive – 14 fights, 14 wins, including seven by knockout.

Conyers is 12-4 with 9 KOs. His most notable fight was a first round KO loss to then unbeaten James Kirkland back in 2008 in which Conyers had knocked Kirkland to the canvas moments into the bout before going down three times.

Kirkland, you may remember, was a recent first round KO loser to Ishida Nobuhito in a monumental upset on the undercard of the Erik Morales-Marcos Maidana main event at MGM.

Also on the Cosmo undercard (we think) are undefeated Cuban super featherweight Rances Barthelemy (11-0, 9 KOs), and Texas lightweight Hylon Williams Jr., (13-0, 3 KOs) in separate bouts.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $50, $150 and $250 for the VIP experience, which includes a private section with comfortable seating and complimentary cocktails. Special Cabana packages also are available. The weigh-in is scheduled for Thursday, according to DeCubas.

The big story that night will be how outdoor boxing at Cosmo is received locally and ratings-wise nationally. But the musical chairs main event has become an interesting subplot.