It was a case of rebuilding confidence for Adrien Broner on Saturday night as ‘The Problem’ made a successful comeback in Las Vegas from his damaging defeat to Marcos Maidana late last year.
The 24 year-old, who was floored and beaten convincingly by Maidana in Texas, dropped down to light-welterweight as he begins a campaign to become a four-weight world champion despite his tender age.
Broner made a fast opening to the contest, but lost concentration and went off the boil for a couple of rounds until he woke up in the fourth and began to turn on the style that made him the star name he is today. Scoring with some crunching uppercuts and head-hunting for the most part, the skilful Broner broke down a dogged Molina gradually from round four and took a commanding lead on the scorecards.
Molina just couldn’t get a foothold in the bout once Broner got in his stride and the writing was on the wall as the final bell sounded. The three ringside judges carded 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92, all for Broner as the rejuvenated fighter moves on to a potential world title challenge at 140.
Current unified champion at light-welterweight, Danny Garcia watched the clash at close quarters, although looks unlikely to be in the frame to fight Broner as he has plans in place to move up to welterweight.
If undefeated Garcia does decide to vacate his belts, Broner will surely be one of the first in line when a decision is made by either the WBA or WBC on who will square-off for the titles.
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