Adrien Broner (32-2-1) used to be a fan favorite earlier in his career. His fighting style is very similar to boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, utilizing the Philly Shell defense, except he is a bit more offensive-minded than his erstwhile friend.
He was most effective at the lighter divisions, specifically as a super featherweight, where he beat Mexico’s Daniel Ponce De Leon and American Jason Litzau.
His success continued in the lightweight division with notable wins against Antonio DeMarco and Paulie Malignaggi. But he suffered an embarrassing loss in a welterweight battle against Marco Maidana who knocked him down twice in a dirty match filled with taunting, pushing, with one fighter publicly disrespecting the other.
Adrien Broner has seen his fan base decline due to his antics mostly outside the ring. He’s known for not taking fights seriously, and intentionally missing weight stipulations; displaying an utter disregard for decorum.
Adrien Broner next fight from April could have been against Ricky Burns, but the boxer nicknamed “The Problem” had to spend jail time for contempt of court.
According to a report by BBC Ricky Burns promoter, Eddie Hearn said, “We were pretty much there in terms of the deal to fight Broner. But because of issues out of the ring we all decided to fight Relikh and try and clear the mandatory before securing the fight against Broner in December.”
For Adrien Broner next fight Eddie Hearn expects “The Problem” ringside in Glasgow when Ricky Burns (40-5-1) faces Kiryl Relikh.
If he wins against Ricky Burns he could possibly get back in line for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner negotiations, assuming Pacman beats Jessie Vargas in November.
The Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner match up was derailed after AB allegedly priced himself out of the fight.
To show how valuable Adrien Broner next fight means the brash American has reportedly sparred remarkable 16 rounds on his first day back in the gym.
According to a report by Fight Hype, in spite of not having trained for months, Broner talked about how he’s remained in good condition.
“This right here is just to keep me sharp… just to get me back in the groove of being back in the ring…” Adrien Broner said.
They gonna be gunning for me, though…It’s all right here… I can do whatever I want with anybody…still, in the late rounds, I was still sharp… I was moving the whole 16 rounds.”
16 rounds on his first day. Well, what do you know!
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