By Allan Fox: The World Boxing Council has suspended former two division world champion Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KO’s) for his comment he made to Showtime following his 10 round unanimous decision win over Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7 KO’s) last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Broner easily out-pointed Molina on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana fight. The WBC wants an apology from Broner for them to lift the suspension.
In the post-fight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray, Broner said “I just beat the [expletive] out of a Mexican.” Gray immediately told Broner not to talk like that and he was on his best behavior for the remainder of the interview. However, the damage was done because the crowd booed Broner, and boxing fans at home likely were in shock at the comment.
Besides the comment that Broner made to Gray, he also spent much of the fight needlessly taunting Molina, and trying to make him look bad. It wasn’t needed because Molina was a fighter that Golden Boy Promotions selected to make Broner look good. Molina wasn’t a top 15 contender; he was just a fighter of moderate talent giving it all he could with the talent that he had, and it was clear from the start that he had no chance of beating Broner. That’s why it looked bad for Broner to be taunting Molina the entire fight. It’s one thing for a fighter to be taunting someone at their own level or higher, but it’s another thing to taunt a guy that is below you in the talent department. Broner’s taunting made him look bad, because it wasn’t necessary.
Broner’s suspension by the WBC probably won’t effect his rankings by the other sanctioning bodies, although he’s not yet ranked in the top 15 at 140 yet anyway. Still, Broner needs to do whatever he can to smooth things out with the WBC by apologizing and doing whatever they ask.
Broner did not look good in beating Molina. The fight was more competitive than it was expected to be, as Broner lacked the power, speed and work rate to stop Molina. Broner’s taunting of Molina also caused him to take shots that he wouldn’t have taken if he had approached the fight in a serious manner.
I can’t imagine Floyd Mayweather Jr. asking Broner to fight on his next undercard on September 13th after this, as Mayweather will be fighting on the Mexican Independence holiday.