By Jerome Foster
Is Adrien Broner the real deal or is he all hype. The 25-year-old Broner refers to himself as “The Problem”. Whether you are a fan of his or not, he has had his success in the boxing world and is an upcoming fighter that many should watch out for.
Adrien Broner has won world titles in three divisions, lightweight, featherweight, and welterweight. He has a blend of speed, power and defense that some have compared to current pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. Broner has only lost one professional bout. He has an outsized personality that has, along with his boxing skills, gotten him a lot of hype.
Broner should be a budding superstar in boxing. He should be ready to take over the sport once Mayweather calls it quits. But he’s not in that position and in my opinion, he never will be. And he only has himself to blame.
Broner takes the sport serious enough to get the most out of it. He gave up his title before a July 2012 fight against Vicente Escobedo because he didn’t try to make weight. Broner admitted that he didn’t take training camp seriously for his December 2013 bout against Marcos Maidana, his biggest fight to date. The result: Broner was knocked down twice en route to a unanimous decision loss. That loss was the first of his professional career and knocked him out of contention for a Manny Pacquiao fight. Great fighters never take opponents lightly, especially a fighter as dangerous as Maidana with so much on the line.
Broner also seems obsessed with making headlines any way possible, whether it’s through social media or comments after fights. Broner got headlines for posting a video of him literally flushing money down the toilet. He also got headlines for telling Paulie Malignaggi he took his girl after their June 2013 fight which Broner won by split decision. Broner seems incapable of realizing that the best way to make headlines as a boxer is to beat quality opponents like Maidana. Getting headlines is important in becoming a star in boxing but it can’t be more important than handling business inside the ring.
Fortunately for Broner, he still has time to fulfill the hype. He’s only 25 and has so many more headline fights ahead of him, He possesses good physical skills. There are also plenty of good opponents from 140 to 147 pounds to fight. His next opponent, Shawn Porter (25-1-1) certainly fits that bill. Porter is a strong boxer whose only loss was by majority decision to the undefeated Kell Brook (35-0) last August. When Broner and Porter fight Saturday night in Las Vegas, it could be Broner’s first big steps to superstardom. But if you ask me, it’s going to be another sign that he’s more sizzle than steak.