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Broner to embarrass Perez on Saturday

By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten WBO super featherweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (22-0, 18 KO’s) is set to show his stuff on Saturday night against undefeated challenger Eloy Perez (23-0-2, 7 Ko’s) at the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. The fight will be televised by HBO, and it’s going to be a nice fight will it lasts but I don’t expect to go very far before Broner connects with one of his big check left hooks or right uppercuts to send Perez crashing to the canvas for a knockout.

At the final press conference, Broner was like a comedian when it came time for him to speak, saying “Everybody keeps saying somebodies ‘O’ has got to go. No, no, yo ‘O’ has got to go, dude…They don’t want this problem. Eloy’s not talking; Garcia’s not talking. His dad’s talking. Eloy is like, ‘Hold on, I don’t want any problems. Just give me a sandwich, I’m hungry. That boy is making weight; he’s still chubby. You can tell by his earlobes. I’m talking about that boy’s head looks like a gatorade cooler with a door knob on it. I’m just here to have some fun. All the work is done; training camp went well. We just ready to fight man. [at this point, Perez stands up, lifts up his shirt to show his abdominal muscles.] Looks like you’re starving to me. We can get it on right now. I’m going to beat you up right now. I will smack that ‘W’ off that boy’s cap. You don’t want no problems. They all jump up. I talk so much but I back it up like a dump truck.”

Perez’s all out fighting style is absolutely perfect for Broner, as he does very well against come forward brawlers like Perez. What makes Perez vulnerable for this fight is that he doesn’t bring power to the table like some of Broner’s recent opponents Daniel Ponce De Leon and Jason Litzau. Perez isn’t a big puncher but he’s got a bad habit of brawling with his opposition that needed to be changed by now. Perez hasn’t been forced to change his style because he’s been taking on weak opposition, who haven’t had the talent or the power to present any kind of treat to Perez’s chin. Broner will be a treat; a constant threat to knocking Perez out in this fight, and unless he comes up with some kind of back up plan to avoid Broners’s big shots by trying to box him, we may see an early night on Saturday.

Perez has stopped his last two opponents – Ira Terry and Daniel Jimenez – but he took some shots in both fights that would have resulted in him getting knocked out if the punches were thrown by the powerful and talented Broner. And that’s my point: Perez fights like a brawler but has the power of a finesse fighter and he doesn’t seem to be getting any more powerful at age 25. This may be as good as it gets for Perez, and that’s too bad because he’ll have big problems against Broner on Saturday night without any power going for him in this fight.

Broner is easily the best fighter in the super featherweight division right now bar none. He was hoping to beat Ricky Burns, the previous WBO champion, but he vacated his title.


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