Adrien Broner got the wide scorecards tonight in Las Vegas, beating Carlos Molina on scores of 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92, but his comeback fight and debut at 140 pounds wasn't exactly impressive, and many observers had the fight much closer. BLH had it 96-94 for Broner.
That's not to say that Broner (28-1, 22 KO) really struggled in the fight, because he did not. What he did do, however, was give a handful of rounds away to a totally overmatched fighter. Molina (17-2-1, 7 KO) was "game" or whatever you want to call it, but he had no advantages whatsoever. With Broner off to his usual slow start, Molina was able to tag him pretty nicely in the first four rounds, but he couldn't do any damage.
It makes one wonder what might have happened if Broner had faced John Molina, the original rumored opponent for this fight. Molina can punch, and that was the real difference in Broner's fight with Marcos Maidana, his first pro loss last December. With Broner open and lazy defensively early in that fight, Maidana hurt him, and continued to do so as the fight wore on.
Stylistically, Broner looked the same as always tonight. He was doing his Mayweather impersonation, but without the defense or head movement that makes Floyd so incredibly good. Molina didn't really trouble him, but that's just because Molina isn't good enough. Would a better fighter have done something tonight? It's very possible, and this performance didn't exactly speak well to Broner's immediate future. Changes need to be made, but it doesn't seem like they will be.
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