De La Hoya: Broner is Mayweather, Hopkins and myself in one package
By Scott Gilfoid: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya sees newly crowned WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) as being a combination of three of the top fighters in boxing for the past two decades in terms of talent. De La Hoya believes that Broner will be a huge pay per view star in the near future.
De La Hoya said to RingTV “Broner, to me, is Floyd Mayweather, [Bernard] Hopkins, myslef, you can name them all, all wrapped into one. That’s who Broner is.”
De La Hoya is right, of course. Broner can do anything and fight in any kind of style. He normally doesn’t fight in close but in his last bout against Antonio DeMarco last Saturday night you saw how Broner took the fight to the inside almost immediately to negate DeMarco’s long reach. Broner then stayed on the inside the entire fight putting in a pretty damn good imitation of Bernard Hopkins in the process of beating DeMarco down until he hit the canvas in the 8th.
Broner also looked a lot like Mayweather Jr. but more like the later version rather than the younger one that moved a lot. The difference is that Broner slows his punches down in order to sit down on them a lot more than Mayweather, and this produces big time power for the young talented Broner. Those body shots and uppercuts that he was hitting DeMarco with were devastating in their power. There was no way that DeMarco could take those kinds of shots for a full 12 rounds without getting knocked out, and that’s what happened.
De La Hoya thinks Broner can move up all the way to 154 and still dominate like he’s doing now. Golden Boy will likely keep Broner at 135 for the time being so that he can take care of a couple of easy opponents like Ricky Burns and Mercito Gesta before moving Broner up to light welterweight [140 lbs] to go after the top names in that division. Broner himself pointed out that he’s only 23-years-old after the fight and that he’s not in any kind of big hurry to fly through the weight divisions just yet.
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