Boxing Champ Can't Get Out of Jail for Fight at MGM

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- U.S. immigration officials say IBF light middleweight champion Carlos Molina of Mexico was deported once before, and faces removal again following his arrest in Las Vegas.

Molina had been scheduled to defend his title Saturday night against Jermall Charlo at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip. The bout was an undercard matchup before a super welterweight fight between Canelo Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo.

Molina's fight was canceled Friday because the boxer's legal issues couldn't be resolved in time before the weigh-in.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement official Lori Haley in California said Friday the 30-year-old Molina was previously deported in 2006.

Molina was arrested Tuesday by Las Vegas police on a felony warrant issued in Wisconsin in January 2007 accusing him of failing to register as a sex offender related to a crime in 2001.

Molina remains jailed pending transfer to ICE custody and deportation proceedings.

Molina made an appearance Thursday before a Las Vegas justice of the peace and tried to post $10,000 bail, but his release was denied.

Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) was scheduled to defend his title against Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs) on the undercard of a five-fight card.

Molina won the International Boxing Federation belt in September with a split-decision victory over Ishe Smith.

Molina's promoter, Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing Promotions, didn't immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.


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