Franklin Lawrence-Mike Mollo drama

It’s not a major heavyweight bout, but Franklin Lawrence vs. Mike Mollo this Friday at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware is one of those second- (or third-) tier fights that sets up bigger things and, because of that, could be an interesting affair.

Lawrence (17-2-2, 12 KOs) is on a five-fight win streak since losing a 10-round decision to Oliver McCall in 2009. Included in that run of victories are decent names such as Lance Whitaker and Jason Estrada, so there is some reason for the Indianapolis native to boast a modest club-level buzz. As a matter of fact, some already have the 36-year-old on the fringes of the American heavyweight top 10.

Chicago’s Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs) has never really scored a major victory, unless one considers a TKO 2 win over Kevin McBride in 2006 as major. The heavyweight battler is best known for an entertaining back-and-forth 2008 battle with Andrew Golota that wound up as a unanimous decision loss. This will be Mollo’s first fight since August 2010, when he fought to a draw with Gary Gomez.