The representatives of light-middleweight contender Carlos Molina have spoken out about their fighters improper disqualification against James Kirkland last Saturday.
“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,” said Molina's promoter Leon Margules.
Schorle still claims that his decision was right as Molina's cornermen entered the ring whilst the round was still ongoing. The bell had definitely gone but Schorle was still giving a count to Molina. This resulted in Molina being disqualifed.
The decision caused uproar with the crowd and massive controversy amongst boxing fans worldwide.
Margules has repeatedly pointed towards Texas Commision rule 61.41 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.
Team Molina will also petition the WBC for an immediate rematch. Luis DeCubas, Molina’s advisor 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.”
Kirkland and his team have not yet spoke out about the situation.