Adrien Broner: I’ll show on June 20th I’m taking over Boxing
By Allan Fox: After his disappointing setback against Marcos Maidana two years ago, light welterweight contender Adrien Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) has done a good job of coming back from the defeat to win his last three fights in impressive fashion.
Broner, 25, feels he’s going to be the guy that takes over boxing after Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao retire from the sport in the future. Broner says he’s going to show boxing fans that he’s the one to lead the sport into the future on June 20th in his fight against Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) on NBC Sports Net on Premier Boxing Champions from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A loss for Broner in this fight would be devastating for his career because it show fans that he’s not the guy that will take the baton from his “big brother” Mayweather to become boxing’s biggest star. But if Broner dominates Porter in an impressive fashion, then you’ve got to give Broner a good chance of realizing his dreams of becoming the star of the sport. Of course, it’s going to take bigger wins than beating guys like Porter for Broner to take over. He’ll need wins over fighters like Kell Brook, Marcos Maidana, Danny Garcia, Ruslan Provodnikov, Chris Algieri and Amir Khan for Broner to be seen as the next huge star.
Those guys would be very tough fights for Broner, but it’s possible that he could beat them if he looks as good as he did in beating his last two opponents Emmanuel Taylor and John Molina Jr. Broner looked very mature in those fights, and showed talent that many fans hadn’t seen from him since he was fighting at super featherweight.
“I got to beat his [backside] though. They can’t even put them [Porter and Marcos Maidana] in the same category,” Broner said to Dontae’s Boxing Nation. “Maidana was the one who gave me a loss on my record, but I gave him the hardest fight of his life and he didn’t want to fight me no more. It don’t matter. Everything is a learning process. I’m still learning in the game. I will show on June 20th that I’m taking over the sport of boxing.”
Porter brings a lot of the same elements to a fight against Broner as Maidana did. Porter likes to pressure his opponents in waves, and he’s very difficult to deal with due to his inside fighting skills. Porter throws a lot of punches, and he tends to smother his opponents once he’s on top of them. If Broner hasn’t learned how to defeat this style since his loss to Maidana then it could be a really tough night for Broner on June 20th.
If Broner could get a fight against Mayweather in September, he would give his career a real boost. Even if Broner loses to Mayweather, he would still gain a lot of boxing fans from that fight as long as he looked impressive in losing. I’m not sure that Mayweather would want to fight a friend of his like Broner in what could be the last fight of Mayweather’s career. It’s probably not realistic for fans to hope for a fight between Broner and Mayweather, but it would definitely be a plus for Broner’s career if he got that fight.
“I have been in the ring with Shawn Porter, and he knows that personally,” Broner said. “I’m not talking trash for this fight because they know what they have to deal with. I’m a mature Adrien Broner and I’m just building my brand. Any mistake in there with Adrien Broner is deadly. I’ll definitely stop this guy if it presents itself. I’m definitely going to take it. That mother [expletive] better bring it,” Broner said.