MAYWOOD, Calif. -- The Molinas are a fighting family.
Miguel Molina was a professional fighter in Mexico. His three sons have all followed in his footsteps.
Carlos Molina, 27, is 17-1 with seven knockouts as a lightweight.
Next up on the fighting family tree are Oscar (1-0) and Javier (12-1, five KOs). The twin welterweights from Norwalk, Calif., will be in action Saturday night fighting at The Hangar on the undercard of the Juan Carlos Salgado-Argenis Mendez IBF junior-lightweight title fight.
Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased at the door. The first fight set for 4:30 p.m.
"Ever since we were small, we've been fighting on the same cards," Javier said Thursday from the Maywood Boxing Club. "Now to have a chance to do it again as pros, we're excited.
"We've been training hard and we're both ready."
The brothers were supposed to be on the same card in November, but Oscar had his professional debut delayed after injuring his shoulder.
"This brings back a lot of memories," Oscar Molina said. "Back in the amateur days we used to fight together all the time. We used to go to the weigh-ins together, go refuel and eat breakfast together.
"This brings back those memories of competing at the same time and on the same night ... it is a big deal to me."
Both fighters are signed to Goossen Tutor Promotions.
Javier, who was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, made his professional debut in 2009. He won his first nine fights before dropping an eight-round unanimous decision to Artemio Reyes on Oct. 28, 2011. Since then, he's 3-0.
Oscar, a member of the 2012 Mexico Olympic team, made his debut in January, defeating Hector Mendoza.
Javier and Oscar really didn't have a chance to get serious about any other sport.
"Ever since we were small, we always followed (older brother) Carlos to the gym," Javier Molina said. "We were 5 or 6 years old when we started going to the gym. We started taking the sport seriously when we were 7 and we had our first fight when we were 8. We fell in love with the sport. It runs in our family."
Javier Molina faces his toughest opponent to date in Joseph Elegele in an eight-round bout. Oscar Molina is scheduled to face Jalani Wilson in a four-round bout.
The fighters started out at the Commerce Boxing Club, but now work out of Maywood.
"I started coming here because Carlos started coming here," Javier Molina said. "There are a lot of professional fighters here, Perro (Alfredo Angulo) used to train here, Abner Mares, Jesus Soto-Karass, Charles Huerta ... there are a lot of good fighters who come here and you can always get a lot of good work here. Everybody here is grinding and putting in work."
Older brother Carlos Molina, who suffered his first professional loss last December, admits to being a bit nervous for his brothers' fights.
"Like I told them, I know they've put in the work and I have no doubt they're going to come out with impressive wins," Carlos Molina said.
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