The Premier Boxing Champions series on NBC kicks off with what is shaping up to be a bruising affair between two 140-pound warriors.
Power-packed contenders Adrien “The Problem” Broner and John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr. will meet in the ring on March 7 as the co-main event for the first Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card on NBC.
The fight, at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, will be televised at 9 p.m. ET as the first of 20 live broadcasts on NBC and NBC Sports Network in 2015.
Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) has earned world titles in three weight classes, and is now pursuing another at 140 pounds. The Cincinnati native has defeated former world champions such as Antonio DeMarco and Paulie Malignaggi, with his only loss coming in a 147-pound title fight against Marcos Maidana in December 2013.
In his last fight, Broner won a 12-round unanimous decision over Emmanuel Taylor in Cincinnati on September 6, 2014, to secure a vacant 140-pound belt.
Molina Jr. (27-5, 22 KOs) has competed for a world title at 135 pounds, losing by technical knockout to DeMarco in September 2012.
The Covina, California, native’s résumé includes notable wins over previously unbeaten prospects Henry Lundy and Mickey Bey. Molina Jr. was defeated in his last fight, dropping a 10-round unanimous decision to Humberto Soto in Las Vegas on September 13, 2014.
The other co-headlining fight on the inaugural PBC on NBC card is a clash between 147-pound title contenders Keith “One Time” Thurman (24-0) and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1).