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Molina injures hand, withdraws from FNF main event

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Javies hand

This is photo of Javier Molina's damaged hand, taken during his visit to an L.A.-based hand specialist. The welterweight prospect will undergo surgery next Tuesday.


Welterweight prospect Javier Molina suffered a fractured right hand in sparring on Wednesday afternoon and has withdrawn from his Jan. 24 Friday Night Fights main event against former 140-pound titleholder Kendall Holt, it was announced on Thursday by Dan Goossen, president of Goossen Tutor Promotions, Molina's promoter and promoter of the ESPN2-televised event at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington.

The new main event will be a 10-round bout between undefeated light heavyweight prospect Thomas Williams Jr. and Cornelius White.

"It's truly an unfortunate situation for Javier who has been saddled with hand injuries since the beginning of his professional career," Goossen stated in the press release announcement. "This is the fourth fracture of his hands he's had to endure.  I feel terrible with what this good young man has had to overcome so early in his career."

"Javier went straight to the renowned Kerlan-Jobe Center in Los Angeles where he was examined by hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin who has scheduled his surgery for next Tuesday," said Arnulfo Bravo, manager of Molina. "We are taking every step to ensure the best treatment for his eventual return to the ring.  Dr. Shin believes he'll be ready to return to training between three and four months."