If John Molina Jr. ever wanted to angle for a Saturday morning cartoon or his own breakfast cereal, he knows where to turn.
Molina worked out last week with the A-Team star, WWF veteran, inspiration for animation and mastication alike, and living symbol of everything that was good and right about the ‘80s, Mr. T, at the Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, California. Somewhere, Nancy Reagan smiles.
“Mr. T is a good friend of mine,” Molina said. “He comes in a lot. He’s a really big fan of boxing and follows it really well. We’re always in there training. He’s frequently in there to get his workouts. For his age , he’s in really good shape.”
Naturally, Mr. T gets his work in at boxing gyms. He was a bodyguard for Muhammad Ali, and his first big break was on the NBC special “America’s Toughest Bouncer,” where he outboxed his opponent in the finale.
Oh, and then there’s the little matter of his turn as Clubber Lang in Rocky III.
“As a boxer he’s pretty good with his hands,” Molina said. “He moves around pretty well. He’s got a lot of training, side-by-side actually with Muhammad Ali.”
Now the question is whether the veteran of barroom brawls, on-screen fisticuffs and 12-round fool pitying has any in-ring advice for Molina as he seeks to rebound from his March 7 loss to Adrien Broner on the Premier Boxing Champions debut. Because Molina is definitely looking to his return, and he’s shooting for a former 135-pound champ who just won his first fight at 140.
“I’m hoping to get [Omar] Figueroa next, but we’ll see what happens,” Molina said.
As for Figueroa himself? It’s not the first he’s hearing of the potential matchup. Early in June, he tweeted that he’d be down for the fight.
I’m game. https://t.co/Rs35j2mJ1X— Omar Figueroa Jr. (@OmarFigueroaJr) June 7, 2015