Adrien Broner vs John Molina Preview March 7th
Adrien Broner of Cincinnati, Ohio will be taking on John Molina Jr. of Covina, California in a 12-round super lightweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, March 7th. The fight can be seen live in the USA and Canada on the NBC network. This is a good matchup between two talented boxers who possess enough power to create some fireworks. They also have questionable chins, so a knockdown or two isn’t out of the question either.
The 25-year-old Broner climbs into the ring with an impressive record of 29-1 along with 22 Kos. He stands just over 5-feet-6-inches tall and has a 69.5-inch reach. His lone loss came at the hands of Marcos Maidana of Argentina in 2013 via unanimous decision. His biggest wins have come against Daniel Ponce De Leon by unanimous decision in 2011, an eighth-round stoppage over Antonio DeMarco a year later and a controversial split decision against Paulie Malignaggi in 2013. He’s fought 144 rounds since turning pro on 2008.
The 32-year-old Molina Jr. has a 27-5 record with 22 Kos. He’s just over 5-feet-10-inches tall and has a wingspan of 71 inches, giving him an advantage in both height and reach. He has trouble when stepping up in class and is 3-4 in his last seven bouts. He’s beaten the likes of Henry Lundy, Dannie Williams and Mickey Bey, but has been beaten by Humberto Soto, Lucas Matthysse, Andrey Klimov, Antonio DeMarco and Martin Honorio. Matthysse stopped him in the 11th round and DeMarco halted him in the first. Molina has gone 138 pro rounds since 2006.
Molina needs a win here or he’s in danger of become a journeyman opponent. Going the distance won’t do it for him unless this becomes a classic brawl and he can give as good as he takes. Broner doesn’t have the greatest chin so there’s always the chance Molina catches him cold or on the button. But we’ve also seen Molina hit the deck too, so he can’t just wade in with fists flying and no concern for defence.
Broner has some good boxing skills, but he’s not as good as he thinks he is and Maidana pointed that out to him. It’s unlikely Molina will be able to outbox him for a decision, so Broner would be wise to utilize his superior skills and keep clear of a brawl. Broner is quicker and has good foot movement while Molina will have to go after him. Molina needs to let his fists go whenever he has Broner in striking distance to make sure he dictates the pace and picks up some points. If he can do this his confidence should grow and Broner may find himself in a bit of trouble.
This is a good matchup, especially for free TV. Broner will be aware of Molina’s power and will attempt to box him. However, he’ll jump on him if he senses that he’s hurt. Molina needs to land his power shots, but make sure he doesn’t leave himself open. He has the power to hurt Broner, but not the skills to outbox him. If Broner takes the conservative approach here he should win this by decision, but a late stoppage is also possible.
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