Adrien 'The Problem' Broner, a man who many were hailing as a rising star of boxing returns with a less than impressive opponent following his first professional defeat at the hands of Marcos Maidana.
Broner aged 24 is an enigmatic individual with ridiculous levels of natural ability, but a horrible attitude to go with it. He is extremely arrogant and does a fantastic job of playing the villain.
Many see Broner as a Floyd Mayweather wannabe. There is a similarity in the way that Broner acts in comparison to a younger Mayweather but there also seems to be a fakeness there. Broner appears to be putting on an act and it puts most people off him.
From a boxing perspective Broner is in a very important stage of his career. Already a three-weight world champion and only 24 years old he has achieved more than most ever do, but he is capable of becoming a great boxer.
Having been defeated by the hard-hitting and determined Argentine Marcos Maidana last time out at Welterweight, the decision has been made to make his debut light welterweight against Carlos Molina on the Mayweather v Maidana undercard on May 3rd.
Molina aged 28 heads into this fight with a record of 17 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw with pretty much nothing to lose. Everyone expects Molina to lose and that could provide motivation for the Mexican.
Molina has also been an inactive fighter in recent times and hasn't fought since he faced Amir Khan in December 2012. Molina was out-classed in a routine win for Khan and the likelihood is that the same will happen again this time.
This is not to insult Molina who is a decent boxer but he just isn't in the same league as someone like Adrien Broner.
It is disapointing but understandable that Broner will return against an unchallenging opponent such as Molina. There were talks of a fight with the aforementioned Amir Khan which would have been an excellent contest.
Even with moving down to light welterweight there are an array of stars to fight such as Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Lucas Matthysse, Zab Judah, Ruslan Provodnikov, Mike Alvarado to name a few.
Fight fans wanted to see Broner in with these sort of names as he is a top level fighter and should be mixing with that sort of class.
It is however entirely understandable that Goldenboy, Adrein Broner's promoters have put him in with an easier test. He is coming off his first professional loss and moving down to a new weight.
Broner needs to get comfortable at the weight and get back to winning ways. The situation is somewhat similar to that of Canelo Alvarez following his loss to Mayweather. Canelo was however matched with much sterner opposition in terms of Alfredo Angulo.
Broner has all the ability to become an absolute star of the sport but he needs to get his mentality right. He baloons up in weight between fights and hypes himself up to a ridiculous level.
If he dedicates himself to the sport he can become one of the boxers fighting to takeover Mayweather's mantle as pound for pound king when he retires.
A routine win is expected for Broner with bigger things to come down the line!
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