Four weeks out from his scheduled bout with Adrien Broner(29-1, 22KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, John Molina(27-5, 22KO’s) shared his thoughts with FIGHTHYPE.COM on his upcoming opponent and his feelings in general on the event he will feature on.
“Very excited. It’s inching closer day by day. The world awaits, I believe, to see this amazing card on primetime television, so I’m excited all the way across the board, I’m very excited.”
The card will also include a much-anticipated clash between welterweights Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero as high-level boxing returns to network television on NBC, having predominantly featured on subscription channels HBO and Showtime for a large number of years up to this point.
Molina, having been given such a high profile position in this re-emergence refuses to be drawn into the pre-fight antics that Broner has come to be known for. He downplayed a Twitter exchange between the two and said he sees Broner’s boisterousness as a consequence of confidence; an essential ingredient for any successful fighter.
“You expect a fighter to be confident if they’re not confident they don’t belong in the sport. Bottom line; pictures, antics, anything we do outside the ring is all irrelevant because come March 7th we’re going to be in the ring working.”
Far from becoming unsettled by Broner’s famously big mouth, Molina feels he performs better when having to endure verbal attacks before the physical ones commence between the ropes.
“I’ve had my best fights against guys who were braggadocios, so I’m not worried about it man, I couldn’t care less bout what he does or how he does it as long as he shows up on March 7th ready to fight. That’s all I care about.”
Thems is fighting words if I ever heard them, and Broner will do well to be cautious when up against a man who has produced some tremendous stoppages against the tide in the past. The most notable example of this occurred in 2013 when he stopped Mickey Bey in the tenth and final round having been handily outboxed throughout beforehand. He also pulled out several knockdowns against Lucas Matthysse in Ring Magazine’s Fight of the Year for 2014 before getting stopped in the eleventh round of an absolute barn-burner.
Molina will take heart and confidence from performances like these and will surely be spurred on further by the evidence of what happens to Broner when he is put under constant pressure by a hurtful puncher, provided in Broner’s only pro defeat against Marcos Maidana in late 2013. Whilst the Cincinnati man showed tremendous fortitude and a good chin to see the fight out, he revealed that he is not so slick when bombs are being hurled at him, and that his feet are not nearly as quick as his hands, something Molina will be very aware of.