Adrien Broner Dominates John Molina Jr. Over 12 Rounds on Premier Boxing Champions Debut

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Courtesy of: PBC

Adrien Broner completely dominated John Molina Jr. for 12 rounds, winning a unanimous decision and only losing two rounds total on all three judges’ combined scorecards.

Adrien Broner didn’t shine quite as bright as his diamond-encrusted boxing trunks—the average disco ball couldn’t have done that—but still, Broner fought his way to a decisive unanimous decision victory over a frustrated John Molina Jr.

Broner routinely used a thundering jab to keep Molina at bay, controlling the range of the fight consistently and largely avoiding Molina’s punches.

At times, he used his superior lateral movement and footwork to bedevil Molina, causing the latter to chase Broner around the ring, firing wild overhand rights that frequently missed their target.

“He can’t hit me,” Broner told Molina’s corner at one point during round 10.

Still, Molina did have his moments, scoring with a stiff right upper cut in round three, where he landed a number of solid punches, and coming on strong in round five, where Molina egged Broner on as he had perhaps his best sustained attack with a series of strafing right hands followed by a thumping left hook.

Nevertheless, Broner began to really pull away from Molina during the latter third of the fight, doubling and tripling his jab before landing a head-swiveling right in round nine.

Things started to get ugly towards the end of the fight, with both fighters complaining of being hit in the back of the head and referee Robert Byrd warning both for roughhouse tactics.

For Molina, it was his third loss in a row, while Broner notched his third consecutive victory after suffering his lone defeat against Marcos Maidana in December 2013.

Adrien Broner:

“The environment I’m in today, a lot of them were not on my side, but at the end of the day the last time I fought for the crowd I took my first loss. So, no disrespect to everyone that came to see me fight today, I had to do what I had to do to get my victory today.”

“Even a vicious guy like [John] Molina, as you can see I stood right inside of his face and didn’t go anywhere. I jabbed and took every shot that he threw. I took mine and won the fight unanimously.”

“John Molina is a great fighter. He’s tough and he can hit. I had to be careful, but at the end of the day my defense was on point like a thorn and I’m still beautiful at the end of the fight.”

“He wanted me to sit there and bang it out with him, but why would I do that when God gave me so many gifts.”

“After a while I knew he was going to start going for the guts, so I just had to stay sharp.”

“This is my first time on NBC so I have to give it to you all.”

“I lived up to the hype. He was swinging for the fence and I had to stay dangerous.”

“I beat all odds tonight. I knew coming into the arena 85 percent of the people were against me.”

“It’s family time now. I just had a baby and I’m going to have some fun.”

John Molina, Jr.
“He should’ve kept his word and sit there and fight me. Everyone saw him running around in there. He did what he had to do to win, he won the fight. It was a tough fight and he’s a tough fighter and he boxes well, but he didn’t exchange well.”

“He moves a lot and doesn’t like to exchange too much. When I got on the inside he said that I was holding him or leading with my head. I’m a professional and I tried to fight on the inside like I do.”

“It is what it is, he got the victory tonight.”

“There wasn’t much of a game plan to stick to because he kept running.”

Lucas Matthysse Inks Five Year Extension With Golden Boy

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Photo Credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 23) – WBC Silver Super Lightweight Champion Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) has renewed his promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, it was announced today. The Argentinean star first got his start in 2004 entering the professional boxing scene with a powerful technical knockout. Since then Matthysse, has had a promising career winning by knock out 34 times out of his 36 wins.
 
“As Golden Boy works to put together a 2015 full of huge, fan-friendly fights, Lucas Matthysse is, and will now remain, a core part of our team,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Lucas is a strong and powerful fighter, someone the elite of the division have to look out for in the years to come, and we are excited to continue our successful partnership with him.”
 
“I am excited to continue to work with Oscar and Golden Boy Promotions,” said Lucas Matthysse. “They are my family. They have supported me and built my career from the beginning and I’m loyal to them as they have been to me. I’m looking forward to my future and what 2015 has to offer.”
 
“We are very happy to continue our relationship with Golden Boy Promotions,” said Mario Arano, Manager of Matthysse. “Golden Boy Promotions has exceeded expectations, and we look forward to what 2015 will hold for Lucas under the tremendous support and guidance of Oscar.”
 
Most recently, Matthysse faced Roberto “Massa” Ortiz in a 12-round bout for the WBC Silver Super Lightweight title on Sept. 6 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Matthysse stole the night with a knock down over Ortiz with a powerful body shot in round two, which took Ortiz over 10 seconds to recover, ruling the bout in Matthysse’s favor.
 
Earlier in 2014, Matthysse waged war against John Molina Jr. for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title at the Stub Hub Center in Carson City, Calif. He gave the crowd a great show as he went to battle in the 12-round bout. Matthysse was knocked down twice before roaring back to finish Molina in the 11th round of a thrilling war that received considerable ‘Fight of the Year’ interest for 2014.

Photos: Mayweather – Maidana & Undercard Grand Arrivals

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LAS VEGAS (Sept. 9, 2014) – “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2” fight week is officially here as Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and all the fighters in the SHOWTIME PPV ® and SHOWTIME ® televised action Saturday made their grand arrivals at a jam-packed lobby at MGM Grand this afternoon.

Here is what the fighters had to say upon their arrivals in Las Vegas Tuesday:

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, 11-time, Five-division World Champion

“It’s all about excitement. Saturday is about giving the fans what they want to see. It could be round one or round 13, but it’s all about the fans.

“I’m pretty sure Maidana is going for the knockout. I’m going for the knockout so this is going to be an amazing show. I have a brilliant game plan and we’ll see how it plays out Saturday.

On what the fans should expect Saturday: “Blood, sweat and tears.”

MARCOS MAIDANA, Former Welterweight World Champion

“It feels great to be back here. I’m planning on winning on Saturday and I’d like to dedicate my future victory to all my fans out there, especially to all my Latino fans. “I have 12 more rounds to finish the job, that’s what I’m here for. I’m well prepared and ready to show that Mayweather isn’t all that everyone thinks he is.

“When I first analyzed Mayweather I thought he would be too fast to hit. But that wasn’t the case during the fight, I was able to hit him and keep him against the ropes and I plan on doing the same thing again.

“I’m definitely going to look for the knockout like I always do but I will take the victory any way I can.”

LEO SANTA CRUZ, Two-Division World Champion

“I know Roman is a great fighter and he throws good punches. I can’t look past him and we had one of the hardest camps I’ve had and are very ready.

“Fighters like Roman are dangerous. They come with everything and sometimes they surprise you. We don’t underestimate anybody and we always come ready. We train harder and for longer and with more routines than ever.

“I know Roman boxes very well and has good defense. It might be hard to knock him out but we train very hard to stop him before the 12 th round.

“Hopefully we get the victory and we can fight Rigondeaux and make that happen. If not, hopefully Frampton or Scott Quigg.”

MANUEL ROMAN, Super Bantamweight Contender

“We’re here to try to disappoint Leo Santa Cruz on Saturday. I’ve been working out very hard three times a day and also focusing on strength and conditioning.

“Nothing worries me. I know myself, I’m ready. He’s just a great fighter who throws a lot of punches, but I’m a better boxer.

“I’ve known Leo for a while, we used to train together and that builds my confidence up. I’m a great counter-puncher and he’s a slugger and I think that works to my advantage.”

MIGUEL VAZQUEZ, IBF Lightweight World Champion

“I’m very happy and excited to be on such a big important card and I’m ready to get the win.

“I’m the champion and this is my night. I’m here to win and they will have to take it from me. I don’t care who I fight, I’m going to win.

“I’m motivated because I know all the Mexicans are here to support me and it’s going to be a great fight.”

MICKEY BEY, Lightweight Contender

“I take each fight one at a time, that’s how boxing is. Even once this huge fight is over, I’m focusing on my next fight the following day. Boxing is fight to fight and you must be focused for every opponent; each fighter is its own experience.

“The preparation for this fight has been night and day different than from my loss [against John Molina Jr.]. The stuff that Floyd Mayweather Sr. had me doing was crazy. Floyd Sr. has trained plenty of champions and comes from the Ray Robinson and Joe Louis school of training.

“Training for a championship fight is different than training for any fight I’ve had in the past. You have everything at your disposal, including numerous sparring partners. I probably sparred with eight different fighters for this camp.

“I just need to do what I’ve been doing in the gym. If I fight the way I’ve been looking in the gym, then Miguel Vazquez won’t have a chance against me. Honestly, I think I’m better than him at everything. He’s a smart good fighter but he can’t match anything that I can do. He has experience, but none of his wins have been impressive. I have more speed, power and defense.”

ALFREDO ANGULO, Middleweight Contender

“I am ready to be back in the ring and I am happy to see all these people and to be back in Las Vegas.

“It’s a very important and dangerous fight for me. De La Rosa is a good fighter but I will fight anybody they put in front of me.

“I’m going to stay focused on this fight. It’s one fight at a time. I’m focused on Saturday and then we’ll see what comes after.”

JAMES DE LA ROSA, Middleweight Contender

“I feel really good and ready to put on a show Saturday night. It’s really important for me to boost back up my career and get back to where I want to be.

“There’s no pressure on me at all. I’m just going to go up there and give him his third straight loss.

“Training camp is going very well. This fight could not have come at any better time. There are a lot of things that I can do to pull off the upset. His style is slow so I just need to have the higher output. He’s there to get hit.”

HUMBERTO SOTO, Junior Lightweight Contender

“I’m very happy to return to Las Vegas and to represent Mexico here.

“I’m calm and relaxed because of my preparation. I’m always the underdog but I end up winning.

“Like all true Mexicans we always fight with our heart and give our all. I’m going to do my part and make sure all the fans get a great fight.”

JOHN MOLINA JR., Junior Lightweight Contender

“I’m looking forward to going out there and giving the fans a great show.

“It’s a beautiful feeling to be here and I’ll never let my fans down. Come Saturday night you will see another great fight.

“Soto demands my undivided attention. I think the fans already know that me and Lucas Matthysse have to do it again.”

Photo Credit: Esther Lin/ Showtime & Stephanie Trap/Mayweather Promotions

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