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PBC on NBC results: Adrien Broner cruises to decision win over John Molina

"The Problem" gave John Molina fits tonight on NBC, but didn't give the sort of performance he'd hyped during fight week.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

PBC on NBC didn't have the start that anyone might have wanted, with Adrien Broner easily outboxing John Molina over 12 largely one-sided rounds, winning a wide decision on scores of 120-108, 120-108, and 118-110. BLH had it 119-109 for Broner, who improves to 30-1 (22 KO) with the decisive victory.

Molina (27-6, 22 KO) looked lost most of the fight, reminding of his performance last September against Humberto Soto. Like that night, Molina waited on openings that never came, tried to box his way to victory, and found himself up against a superior technician who got the easiest possible John Molina for his style -- first Soto's, now Broner's.

It's the third straight loss for Molina and his fourth in his last six fights, and this was easily his worst performance in that stretch. While trainer Joe Goossen implored him to open up more offensively, Molina couldn't find any room to do anything with Broner, who was able to pick and peck with his jab, throw a few combinations, and pretty much sleepwalk to victory.

The crowd in Las Vegas booed pretty heavily at various points, including the end of a tentative opening round. Molina had his best round in the third, landing a couple of hard right hands that Broner took well. Broner seemed to have Molina hurt late in the fight and was going in for the stoppage, but the gritty Molina's durability is still there, and he was able to hold that off and make it to the finish. Broner mostly jogged away in the 12th and final round, but he also won that round simply because he landed, whereas Molina really did not.

Overall, Broner landed 219 of 502 (44%) punches, compared to a paltry 54 of 249 (22%) for Molina.

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