Adrien "The Problem" Broner (28-1) came back from the first loss of his career with a dominant unanimous-decision win over Carlos Molina on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
After some early bumps, "The Problem" outclassed his opponent—in the ring at least.
After the fight was over, Broner gave a profane post-fight interview with Showtime's Jim Gray.
ESPN's Dan Rafael has the official scorecard:
I scored the bout 98-93 for The Problem.
The first three rounds of the fight were very close. Broner's hand-speed advantage was obvious, but Molina was doing a pretty good job picking his spots to throw combinations to the body, and the occasional overhand right.
He especially had his moments in the second and third rounds. In fact, a frustrated Broner showed some dirty tactics in the third. During a clinch, he body-slammed Molina. He was very fortunate referee Kenny Bayless didn't take a point.
In the fourth round, Broner took over the fight. He took the fight inside where his physical strength and hand speed befuddled. Lightning-fast combinations lit into Molina's face continually.
Rafael noted Broner turning the tide and tearing into Molina just beyond the midway point.
Broner also began to assault the body. By the end of the seventh round, Broner was completely in control.
Broner coasted in the final three rounds. He may have a given a round away with inactivity, but the fight was already won.
The Problem is now back on the winning track, but, quite honestly, Molina was no real threat. He was undersized, and he couldn't punch. He was perhaps the perfect mark for Broner to rebound from his loss against Marcos Rene Maidana.
From here, Broner may want to look at a few more fights at 140 pounds. It seemed like a more natural weight class for him.
Clearly, Broner doesn't seem to be looking to stay at 140 pounds. Per Boxing News, The Problem called out Manny Pacquiao:
Pacquiao surely isn't coming down to 140 pounds, so the fight would have to take place at welterweight.
It would be an exciting fight if the Golden Boy-Top Rank issues can be resolved so the fight can be made.
Molina can still give a few fighters a good run, but it's hard to imagine him beating anyone of note.
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