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Adrien Broner faces Carlos Molina tonight

Adrien Broner(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Allan Fox: Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) will be back in the ring tonight against the shorter 5’5″ Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO’s) on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Broner is looking to get an easy win over Molina before possibly fighting for a world title at 140 later this year.

Broner is dropping down a weight class from 147 in order to try and capture a title in the light welterweight class, but he doesn’t intend on fighting in just one weight class. He’s interested in moving back up to welterweight at a later time and avenging his loss to Marcos Maidana, who beat him by a 12 round decision last year in December. Broner is also open to fighting at lightweight against the right opponent.

At Friday’s weigh-in, Broner weighed in at 140lbs, and looked dehydrated. As drained as he looked, it’s likely that Broner will rehydrate into the 150s by fight time tonight. He’s put on weight since moving up to 147, and it’s obviously not easy for him to melt down to 140 to fight at light welterweight. Molina weighed 138.5lbs. Molina looked good at the weigh-in, but he’s not been fighting at welterweight like Broner has so it’s not as difficult for him to make the 140lb weight limit like it was for Broner.

Before Molina weighed-in, Broner ran him up to him and stood directly in front of him looking at him while bouncing on his toes in an effort to intimidate him. Molina stood and stared at Broner without saying anything.

Broner needs to look good tonight against Molina. Broner is facing a guy that he should be able to beat without any problems, and it’ll look bad if he’s forced to go the full distance with him. Amir Khan, who is also fighting on tonight’s card at the MGM Grand, made easy work of Molina in beating him by a 10th round stoppage in December 2012. Khan bloodied Molina’s face and hit him at will with shots. Molina was able to catch Khan with an occasional punch, but he lacked the power and size to hurt Khan. It’s doubtful that Molina’s power has improved any since his loss to Khan.

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