Adrien Broner dominated John Molina Jr. for 12 rounds Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but the turning point of the fight came in the ninth and 10th rounds.
Already far ahead, Broner fired a hard right, followed by a head-swiveling right against Molina in the ninth.
In the 10th, he eluded a Molina right, clinched and then told his rival’s corner, “He can’t hit me.”
Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) set the tone with his first-round jab, and added his left hook followed by his right uppercuts down the stretch on the way to a near shutout in winning a unanimous decision over Molina (27-6, 22 KOs) in the debut of the Premier Boxing Champions series.
Broner won by scores of 120-108 on two judges’ cards, with the other scoring it 118-110.
Broner continued his quest to add a 140-pound title to the ones he has captured at 130, 135 and 147 pounds.
The 25-year-old Broner defeated Molina for his third win in the division after having jumped from 135 pounds for two fights at 147, and it happened despite having caused a stir by coming in at 141 pounds compared to the contracted 140 for his opponent. Nevada rules permit a one-pound allowance over the division limit for non-title fights.