Adrien Broner cruised to a unanimous decision over John Molina Jr. on Saturday night (March 7) in Las Vegas, notching his third straight win since notching the first loss of his career to Marcos Maidana in 2013.
Airing on NBC as part of Al Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions” series, the match-up initially looked as though it would be exciting, but the 25-year-old champ simply outclassed his 32-year-old opponent.
“Listen to them [the fans]. Like always, a lot of them not on my side. But at the end of the day, the last time I fought for the crowd, I took my first loss,” Broner said. “So no disrespect to anybody, but I had to do what I had to do to win today.
“Even a vicious guy like Molina, I didn’t go nowhere. I jabbed and took every shot he threw and gave back mine. And I won unanimously.”
According to CompuBox statistics, Broner landed 219 of 502 punches (44 percent), and Molina was limited to landing just 54 of 299 blows (22 percent).
In the lead-up to the fight, Molina promised to make it a slugfest, like many of his fights have been, but wasn’t able to make it happen against Broner.
“First of all, Adrien fought a good fight and did what he had to do,” Molina said. “But he should have kept his word when he said he was going to sit there and fight me. He did what he had to do to win, but I thought he was a tough fighter. He boxes well, but he doesn’t exchange well.
“He moves a lot and doesn’t like to exchange too much. When I get on the inside, he is holding me or saying I lead with my head. I’m a professional in there and am trying to do what I want to do.”
Broner improved to 30-1, while Molina’s record falls to 27-6.