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Adrien Broner: Fighting for the crowd ‘doesn’t pay my bills’

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Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Although it wasn’t the performance fight fans expected, Adrien Broner was pleased with his unanimous-decision victory over John Molina. And, despite the cascade of boos that came from within the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Broner has no qualms with how the fight turned out.

“The last time I went in the ring and fought with my heart I lost,” Broner said during the post-fight press conference with an obvious reference to his Dec. 13 decision loss to Marcos Maidana. “I said I would never let that happen again. I’m going to use the talent that God gave me and I’m going to make this fight as easy as possible.”

And that’s exactly what Broner did as he stuck with a potent jab and movement to not allow Molina to turn the fight into the shootout that he wanted. As for the fans, Broner couldn’t care less.

“The crowd might boo me but at the end of the day, going out there to fight for them doesn’t pay my bills,” Broner continued. “I have to do what I have to do. I’m sorry I didn’t fight the fan-friendly fight that everyone wanted me to fight so he could hit me with his right hand. I just wasn’t having it tonight.”

But Broner did say that every fight won’t be like this one and it all comes down to crafting a game plan around his opponents moving forward. Mike Stafford affirmed to RingTV that he had to drill it into his pupil’s head that boxing effectively can make a lot of fights a lot easier.

“Tonight was the exact game plan I tried to get him to use against Maidana,” Stafford said. “I made him train like this and use his gifts.”

Broner told RingTV that his next fight is slated for June 20 in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. As for his next opponent, he says he’s open to anyone, even Robert Guerrero or Keith Thurman. But either of those fights would require a move back up to 147 pound and Stafford says that he’d prefer for Broner to become a world champion at 140 pounds first.

“I want him to get the titles in this division before we talk about moving back up to 147,” Stafford said.

But, as we know, Broner does what Broner wants so we’ll have to wait and see who will be standing across from him on June 20.