Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) and his management didn’t want him to take a dangerous fight against Amir Khan for his next fight on May 3rd on Showtime pay per view, yet Broner is still worried about the weak opponent that they found for him in Carlos Molina won’t come in and fall down for him in front of the huge worldwide audience. Broner wants Molina to try hard, even though he’s clearly going to be over-matched.
Broner has lost a lot of status with boxing fans after his 2-knockdown loss to Marcos Maidana last December. It was a totally one-sided 12 round decision defeat for Broner, and there’s no way that he can make light of it like it was no big thing, because it clearly was. Broner went into the Maidana fight as the WBA welterweight champion, but he came out of it with a badly tarnished reputation.
“I’m happy Carlos Molina took this fight,” Broner said on Tuesday in his media conference. “I hope he doesn’t come to lose, but he’s going to lose. Everybody is looking for Adrien Broner to be this new, humble guy. Well, if you’re looking for Adrien Broner to be this new, humble guy, you won’t get it…After this fight everyone will see that I’m still ‘The Problem’ and anyone can get it.”
Broner’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions is going to try and rebuild Broner’s image in the 140lb division by matching him against weak opposition to make him look good initially. At some point, they’ll need to match Broner up against better opposition to put him back in with the best fighters.
There’s a possibility that Broner could go after the WBC light welterweight title in the near future if the current champion Danny Garcia moves up in weight like he’s been talking about wanting to do. Having Garcia out of the way and possibly Lucas Matthysse as well will clear the way for Broner to go after the title against the likes of Viktor Postol, Selcuk Aydin, Roberto Ortiz, Humberto Soto, Alberto Mosquera and Thomas Dulorme.
If Broner loses to Molina on May 3rd, it’s going to be a tremendous blow to Broner’s career. I don’t know if he can come back from a loss like that, because Molina, 5’5″, isn’t a major player in the light welterweight division. A loss for Broner in this fight could signal the end for Borner by saying he doesn’t have the talent to be one of the major players in the sport.