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Broner: As long as HBO keeps paying me to fight lightweights, I’m going to milk this cow

Adrien Broner Gavin ReesBy Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) says he doesn’t see any reason for him to move up to 140 and 147 to get bigger fights, if HBO will keep paying him good cash to beat up on lightweights like he did last night when he whipped Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KO’s) by a 5th round TKO.

Broner said after the fight, “Everybody’s so anxious for me to go up when I just got on the scale with a Sprite [soda] just yesterday. So I make so comfortable, I’m sorry to say, but I’m a legal bank robber. I just robbed a bank tonight. As long as HBO keeps paying me to fight these lightweights…I’ve never been on a farm, but milking a cow real good.”

It’s so true what Broner says. These people want him to move up in weight when his perfect is 135. Why move up when he makes the 135 pound weight limit. Look at Floyd Mayweather Jr. for comparisons sake. When Floyd Jr. was the same age as Broner is now, he was fighting at super featherweight.

Mayweather didn’t move up to lightweight until he was 25, and he didn’t move up to light welterweight until he was 27, so why should the 23-year-old Broner jump ahead of Mayweather’s pace? If Broner is still making the lightweight division, he should hang out at this weight for a couple of years, and then move up to light welterweight when he can no longer comfortably make lightweight or he’s run out of competition.

Like I said, Mayweather didn’t move up to 140 until he was 27, and Broner is four years younger than that right now. He’s got a lot of time before he needs to move up in weight. Maybe by then there will be a better class of fighters in that division because the talent is really lacking right now.

All 140 has to offer is Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson. That’s not nearly good enough to do much for Broner. There needs to be some names before it’s worth it for Broner to move up. Heck, by the time Broner moves up in weight in a couple of years, Khan may be a journeyman, and Matthysse and Garcia could be just contenders.


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