Broner Beats Molina On First PBC on NBC Show

So many love to hate him and wish that John Molina had shut his mouth and put him on his can, man, but it was not to be in the first primetime boxing broadcast on NBC in 30 years.

Nope, Adrien Broner, the braggadocious Cinci-based boxer was too slick, too skilled, too fast for the Cali based underdog, who held the hope of the home run toss till the final bell.

Broner, looking to clamber his way back to the bigger stages even than this after Marcos Maidna humbled him a tad at the end of 2013, boxed smartly and enjoyed the tallies of the judges after ten rounds. By a UD10 Broner was the victor, to the chagrin of fans of old school values and Molina’s humble charm.

Broner thanked God after, when he chatted with Kenny Rice. He said he just looked to win, and the last time he fought for the crowd, and that resulted in a loss. They booed AB for that statement. Molina only landed 54 shots, an anemic number, and testament to AB’s defense and skill.

Sugar Ray Leonard helped Marv Albert on the call, at the MGM Grand, in this promotion hatched by Al Haymon, the former music magnate who is looking to be the disruptor in chief, time-buying his way on multi platforms as he bids to get boxing back to a place of prominence.

Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions series showed off Broner (now 30-1) in their first bout, and the righty 140 pounder, except for a third round where he ate some, showed off his hand speed edge. He slipped, dipped, jerked, popped a jab, went low then high, as Molina was a step behind. Molina (27-6), coming in off back to back losses, one of which was in the 2014 Fight of the Year, looked to land hard right bombs. But Broner saw them coming and mostly easily slipped them. Broner hooked a bunch, held some when he wanted a break, and generally had Molina looking a bit perplexed. The jab was the thing for Broner; he’d snap it, and Molina couldn’t get set to throw. We saw the occasional uppercut, and Broner, who was a pound over on Friday, didn’t gas, as some thought he might, if indeed making 140 was too draining.

The fans didn’t dig it when he ran around as the clock ticked down in the tenth, as waved his hands. The two men hugged after, and Broner heard boos. ABOUT BOOS…

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COMMENTS

-MCM :

Wrong fight for Molina. Broner doesn't like to brawl and has the reflexes and speed to ensure he doesn't have to. A one-sided exhibition for a guy I don't particularly love to extol, but let's be honest --I think I could have ducked Molina's looping right-hand tonight. I felt like I was watching a club fighter vs a pro, and I wonder whether this was Molina's last big payday. Now, as for NBC. I was as excited as anybody. But I HATED the overproduced yet cheap aesthetic of the night. By having the fighters walk by themselves down that stupid little ramp of theirs they deflated the intros and misrepresented boxing. Boxing is a team sport, fighters come to the ring with their team for a reason, and an entourage only emphasizes the fighter's import and esteem. NBC made the boxers look like actors during that theatrically critical walk to the ring. Oh well, hopefully they'll learn. And maybe I'm spoiled by HBO and Showtime, but the Marv Albert/Sugar Ray team wasn't doing it for me. Marv was too quiet during a boring fight, and Sugar Ray was off in his own world, talking about how impressed he was with Molina for the first 10 rounds before bowing to reality. But hey, like I said, hopefully they'll learn. First night jitters, first night mistakes. But Al Michaels? Marv Albert? Let's get some fresh blood in there. I don't want to be negative, it was still a good night, and I'm looking forward to April 11 (though Garcia will kill Peterson but anywho . . .)


-DaveB :

It was too sterile a set. I didn't like the fighters walking alone either. It looked too slick, as though I was getting ready to watch a reality show. I like things a little more gritty. The music should have been bigger. Where were the Corona girls? Molina didn't bring it the way he said he would. He looked goofy in there. He complained that Broner didn't fight the way he promised he would. That was the dumbest sh1t in the world he could have said. Molina didn't fight the way he said he would either. Then Broner said he got his first lost fighting for the fans. That was a straight up lie. He didn't fight for the fans the night Maidana kicked his behind. Maidana hit him a couple medium hard shots to the body then sold one to the body but went to the head instead. Down goes Broner, down goes Broner, down goes Broner. I guess people have to lie to themselves because the facts are a hard pill to swallow. However I probably would pick Broner in a rematch if it does not take place at 147. The Thurman/Guerrero fight delivered. I didn't think Thurman was going to finish Guerrero after he dropped him unless he could connect with about three or four solid punches after the knock down. I didn't think that would happen. Guerrero has a world class chin and he is very tough. The second fight saved the night.


-brownsugar :

Wrong fight for Molina. Broner doesn't like to brawl and has the reflexes and speed to ensure he doesn't have to. A one-sided exhibition for a guy I don't particularly love to extol, but let's be honest --I think I could have ducked Molina's looping right-hand tonight. I felt like I was watching a club fighter vs a pro, and I wonder whether this was Molina's last big payday. Now, as for NBC. I was as excited as anybody. But I HATED the overproduced yet cheap aesthetic of the night. By having the fighters walk by themselves down that stupid little ramp of theirs they deflated the intros and misrepresented boxing. Boxing is a team sport, fighters come to the ring with their team for a reason, and an entourage only emphasizes the fighter's import and esteem. NBC made the boxers look like actors during that theatrically critical walk to the ring. Oh well, hopefully they'll learn. And maybe I'm spoiled by HBO and Showtime, but the Marv Albert/Sugar Ray team wasn't doing it for me. Marv was too quiet during a boring fight, and Sugar Ray was off in his own world, talking about how impressed he was with Molina for the first 10 rounds before bowing to reality. But hey, like I said, hopefully they'll learn. First night jitters, first night mistakes. But Al Michaels? Marv Albert? Let's get some fresh blood in there. I don't want to be negative, it was still a good night, and I'm looking forward to April 11 (though Garcia will kill Peterson but anywho . . .)
Personally i liked the artificial granduer of the production set pieces and presentation. But your right about the lonely walk to the ring... This isnt a Beyonce or Katie Perry Concert... Vitali K made it work once when he walked down a staircase that resembled a tower in Count Dracula's Castle. But this was back when he carried an ominous aura about himself. I'd rather see fighters bouncing into the ring surrounded by their whole team... Coming from the ground floor or underground like gladiators entering the colosseum. Nothing wrong with trying something new however...like they say, you cant please everyone. I loved hearing Leonards voice. The man has honed a very arudite personna but he cant be expected to carry the show by himself. Rays strength is color commentating. Somebody should have been there to wake up Marv whenever he dosed off. Or just hire two more likable guys like Showtime. It was still a good show. Its not within the networks power to create the style of fights fans want to see, all they can do is match them up and pray that they dont just show up to survive and get lucky like Molina. I have no real complaints ...looking forward to the next. Please dont take away my regular network boxing. Lol....


-the Roast :

Molina seemed surprised by the speed of Broner. He was jumping back and falling for every feint in the first two rounds. It was clear he was in over his head. The fight was boring after the sixth. Molina didn't throw enough to land the bomb he needed to change things around and Broner was content to pick and pop his way to a points win. The last round running was embarrassing. Broner will get beat again when he fights someone of substance.


-brownsugar :

I thought The Walking Dead aired on Sunday nights....Molina just showed up to survive and get lucky with a one-hitter-quitter-haymaker. Dude wasnt even trying to engage or win the fight. The Zombie Apocalype must have arrived. Broner was sharp and did his best against what he had to work with...next time get him a live opponent.


-the Roast :

I thought The Walking Dead aired on Sunday nights....Molina just showed up to survive and get lucky with a one-hitter-quitter-haymaker. Dude wasnt even trying to engage or win the fight. The Zombie Apocalype must have arrived. Broner was sharp and did his best against what he had to work with...next time get him a live opponent.
If Molina's head was shaved he could look like one of my favorite TWD characters, the twice killed Shane.


-rdv_27 :

The entrances did feel like wwe, and I'll definitely take the darker feel, ambiance of the typical entrances, but it's free boxing so I don't care. 😀 Stupid question, but what was the point in having 2 walkways, i was always expecting the next guy to walk on the one to his left. Probably just the look of it or the setup of the arena.


-michigan400 :

Broner just isnt likeable at all. Obviously skilled, entertaining at times, yet somehow consistently underwhelming at the same time. Molina was a walking talking punching bag in there and Broner didnt step up. He had nothing coming back at him and still danced away at the end. Thurman exceeded my expectations but Broner was just Broner. Meh.


-amayseng :

Wonder how much Molina took to get paid off? Seriously that was way to obvious


-Pazuzu :

Wonder how much Molina took to get paid off? Seriously that was way to obvious
I was thinking the same thing. You could see it in his eyes during the interview and ring walk. John Molina's body was at the MGM Grand last night, but his soul was not. Robert Guerrero, however, impressed the hell outta me. Big-hearted man. He has pleased the Gods of War with his courage and sacrifice. Round 10 was one of the best rounds of the year so far.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Broner has MAJOR holes in his game, but Molina is so flawed that there are a lot of club fighters that beat him or give him good work. I have never seen so many telegraphed right hands in my life. He continually lunged in with his head down and didn't close the distance with his jab. I teenagers and pre-teens with better skill sets than Molina. Broner better start tucking his chin into his shoulder if he is going to utilize the philly shell. He also needs to learn when to switch up his looks (stances). It usually isn't very affective for a shorter fighter to use the shoulder roll against a taller fighter, but vice versa. Broner pulls straight back from a lot of punches and should have had both hands on his cheek bones simiply rolling under punches and coming back with counters or catching and shooting. Broner is talented but still has a long ways to go.


-King Beef :

Wonder how much Molina took to get paid off? Seriously that was way to obvious
As annoying as Broner is, He is a competent fighter( although I cant see him being the next big thing)I don't think Molina is that beast fighter that has to be paid off to be beat. Whether he had a bad night, styles make fights, or what Broner was doing nullified Molina, he looked like $h!t last night. He looked good against Mattysse in that loss because Matty was there to be hit, Broner wasn't. These guys better start learning, or implementing the full gamut of the "sweet science" instead of hoping the opponent stands right in front of him so he can get his offfene off.


-The Commish :

Molina seemed surprised by the speed of Broner. He was jumping back and falling for every feint in the first two rounds. It was clear he was in over his head. The fight was boring after the sixth. Molina didn't throw enough to land the bomb he needed to change things around and Broner was content to pick and pop his way to a points win. The last round running was embarrassing. Broner will get beat again when he fights someone of substance.
Yes, Molina did seem surprised by Broner's speed. WTF? Did he even know who Broner was? Did he ever watch him before? Molina's performance was pitiful. He either had no clue what to do or no heart to do what he had to do. Did he really think he was going to stand outside and outbox Broner? On paper, this was an intriguing matchup. It turned into anything but intriguing. Broner has some big fights ahead. The only thing Molina will get is an award for 2015's "Non-Performance of the Year." -Randy G.


-Froggy :

As annoying as Broner is, He is a competent fighter( although I cant see him being the next big thing)I don't think Molina is that beast fighter that has to be paid off to be beat. Whether he had a bad night, styles make fights, or what Broner was doing nullified Molina, he looked like $h!t last night. He looked good against Mattysse in that loss because Matty was there to be hit, Broner wasn't. These guys better start learning, or implementing the full gamut of the "sweet science" instead of hoping the opponent stands right in front of him so he can get his offfene off.
Molina looked good against Mattysse and terrible against Broner, so let's see how Broner looks against Mattysee ! I say Broner would be lucky to hear the final bell !


-deepwater2 :

This card was a c. Only because Thurman tried to close the show and rg took a beating. Broner was nothing special and Molina was a zombie that was paid off or gave up. My guests left talking about golf instead of boxing. The wwf ring walk sucked. Forget the entourage but let the boxer walk in with his corner. This card did nothing to save boxing. Boxing is fine when the best fight the best and nothing more.. If this fight was the kickoff and Garcia vs steroid cheat is next they better fold up tent.


-King Beef :

Molina looked good against Mattysse and terrible against Broner, so let's see how Broner looks against Mattysee ! I say Broner would be lucky to hear the final bell !
Styles makes fights; you could very well see another replay of last night (but I doubt it).Love him or hate him, with his flaws and all, Broner can fight. Some better competition might make him take this thing serious. As long as he keeps getting these B and C level fighters he will never do enough to reach whatever potential he has.


-Froggy :

Styles makes fights; you could very well see another replay of last night (but I doubt it).Love him or hate him, with his flaws and all, Broner can fight. Some better competition might make him take this thing serious. As long as he keeps getting these B and C level fighters he will never do enough to reach whatever potential he has.
No doubt styles make fights, the Molina that fought Mattysee is not the same guy who fought Broner ! I won't hold my breath waiting for Broner to fight Mattysee or anybody else that might give him a real fight !


-King Beef :

No doubt styles make fights, the Molina that fought Mattysee is not the same guy who fought Broner ! I won't hold my breath waiting for Broner to fight Mattysee or anybody else that might give him a real fight !
Won't be holding my breath either, especially with his next fight being in his hometown, I highly doubt it will be against a threat.