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Interesting entrances from both guys … Broner has shaved his pre-fight beard and has Rick Ross in his corner.
Round 1: Molina is looking to set up that left hook early as Broner is coming out defensively, looking to counter. He’s feeling Molina out early as Molina is looking to test that chin early. Broner’s fighting at a faster pace than normal; not super fast, of course, but faster than normal. Molina is landing a lot to the arms when he goes to the body. Broner turns it on in the final 30 seconds and lands some nice combinations. 10-9 Broner.
Round 2: Molina is trying to penetrate the defense but Broner is firing a ton of hands off. He’s not landing anything all that clean but he’s landing more and better. He’s countering Molina effectively, flashing that jab as he looks to set up a right that Molina is preventing him from throwing. Broner’s controlling the action as Molina is looking to set up that left. Broner’s getting comfortable and Molina’s letting him. Beautiful combination as Molina lands en masse with a minute left. Broner is staggered against the ropes and gets saved with the clinch. Molina gets aggressive as the round ends as Broner is staying away. He may have been rocked but some cobwebs were knocked loose with that flurry. Molina 10-9, 19-19
Round 3: Broner with a dirty takedown to start the round and he gets a hard warning. It was a nice power double, though, so I’ll give him credit for that. Molina is PISSED and comes out charging, landing a ton to the body as he presses Broner against the ropes. Broner manages to circle out and we get a reset. Molina is starting to throw Broner off his groove right now. Molina doesn’t have the power to put him down, it seems. but he’s preventing Broner from resetting his footwork and throwing different looks. Broner looks off so far; his ability is there but it might be a confidence issue. Molina is landing some nice overhand rights as we hit the final minute. Broner is starting to use his speed and movement to set things up but Molina has got his timing down. He’s doing a great job at preventing him from landing nicely off the counter. 10-9 Molina, 29-28
Round 4: Molina’s pressure is what’s winning the fight so far from him. Broner is eating some big overhand rights; Molina would’ve put him down if he had any sort of power. Molina is landing that overhand right as he’s setting it up beautifully. Broner is trying to ugly it up, land in the clinch, but Molina is doing a good job maintaining distance. He’s cruising it seems as Molina is landing more than Broner is throwing. Broner’s not staying busy enough as both are starting to work the body more. Molina is not intimidated and Broner is trying to stand and trade with him. It’s interesting to see Broner this way; that Maidana loss may have done more to his game than we think. It shows so far. Molina 10-9, 39-37
Round 5: Broner comes out pushing the pace for the first time all fight. He’s starting to pump the jab as he’s getting a whole lot of dirty as well. Molina is looking for the left hook and it’s connecting; there’s not enough power to do anything but it’s landing. Broner isn’t doing anything to put this fight away; you can see he’s a better boxer but he’s not showing it. Molina’s in this fight because Broner isn’t pushing the pace. This is far closer as Broner takes the final minute by being significantly more active. 10-9 Broner, 48-47 Molina
Round 6: Broner got warned for being dirty between rounds. Molina is working the body as both guys have slowed down a bit. Broner’s a lot more active as he’s pushing that jab and working hooks to the body. Molina isn’t throwing that left hook or that overhand right; Broner is starting to press the pace as he’s finally starting to look better than Molina at this point. Molina is eating a lot of punishment as Broner is way more active this round. 10-9 Broner, 57-57
Round 7: Broner is more active as Molina is starting to push his pace up to Broner’s current one. Broner is landing more but Molina isn’t letting him connect with anything substantial. Broner’s getting the better with him as this is becoming really ugly right now. Lots of body work and clinches as both guys are looking to work the body. Molina with a nice right as this is a phone booth battle of attrition. Broner turns it on as the round ends, then taunts him because he’s classy like that. 10-9 Broner, 67-66 Broner
Round 8: Molina lands a nice overhand right and a left hook early as Broner is being less active this round. He’s pulling the Floyd Mayweather 12th round disengagement strategy, doing just enough to look like he’s working. Molina is landing more as this wasn’t an action round. 76-76
Round 9: Molina is not backing down as he’s pushing the pace early. Broner’s output is down this round as Molina’s power isn’t something he’s worried about. He’s still open to that overhand right and left hook but Molina can’t put him down. Broner taunts Molina again, because Broner needs to do something to wake up the crowd I think. He’s put them to sleep with his showboating. Molina is outlanding him and this fight is a lot of close rounds. Broner might be in danger of losing this fight, or getting a draw, on the scorecards. Molina 10-9, 86-85 Molina
Round 10: Not a lot of action as Broner is dominating inside but Molina is oddly effective on the outside. Molina is landing but Broner is doing just enough to win. 10-9, 95-95
Official decision: Adrien Broner via unanimous decision (99-91, 98-92, 100-90)
Tags: Adrien Broner, Boxing, The Moment