Adrien Broner improved his record to 30-1 with 22 KO’s by shutting out John Molina Jr(now 27-6, 22KO’s) this month on the network debut of NBC’s ‘Premier Boxing Champions’. Trainer Ken Porter was in attendance in Las Vegas that evening and told Fighthype.com how impressed he was with Broner’s intelligent display.
“I thought Adrien fought a beautiful fight. He outboxed him, and there were points where he even sat down on some really hard shots. You know, Molina wants a guy to stand there and bang with him and Adrien’s not gonna do that, he shouldn’t do that. That’s not what boxing is about; it’s about the skill of being able to hit a guy and not being able to get hit. As Adrien said, ‘Why would I do that when God gave me so many skills?’ So he did an excellent job tonight.”
This win was the latest brick in a rebuilding process that started directly after Broner suffered his first professional loss to Marcos Maidana in December 2013. By winning almost every round here after outpointing Carlos Molina and Emmanuel Taylor last year, Broner now looks set to face some big names in the 140 .lb. division. When he was asked who, Ken jokingly threw his son’s name(former welterweight champion Shawn Porter) out there before saying:
“The winner of the Peterson-Garcia Fight, that would be huge for him.”
IBF World super lightweight champion Lamont Peterson(33-2-1, 17KO’s) and WBA Super and WBC World super lightweight champion Danny Garcia(29-0, 17KO’s) will meet on April 11th at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York. They are two of the top competitors in the division and this fight would be a whole lot more noteworthy if both men hadn’t negated to put any of their belts on the line, making this, unbelievably, a non-title affair.
Still they are up there, and a meeting with Broner would probably be bigger than their upcoming bout, provided a strap is up for grabs, and Garcia hasn’t moved up to welterweight by then. As for now, Broner is scheduled to re-appear in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio on the 20th of June with his opponent yet to be decided. I would bet against a marquee name showing up across the ring from Broner there.