Where does Adrien Broner go from here?
(Photo credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) By M. Malik: Adrien Broner (30-2, 22 KOs), a three-time world champion, lost a 12 round unanimous decision to former IBF welterweight world champion Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) last night in their fight on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the second loss of the 25-year-old Broner’s seven year pro career. Broner now stands at the record of 32 fights, 30 wins and 2 losses. The guy who many thought would take over boxing as the next superstar is proving to be nothing special.
Broner showed glimpses of greatness at the lower weight classes against the likes of Antonio Demarco, but he has been clearly exposed in the higher weight divisions against Marcos Maidana and now Shawn Porter.
It is so obvious that he wants to be the next Floyd Mayweather Jr. – but Adrien Broner needs to realize that he has to back up his trash talk in the ring. He was running and holding throughout the fight, and I was shocked the referee didn’t take any points off until the 11th round.
“I still will fight anybody. It don’t matter,” Broner said after the fight. “I am a real animal. I came to fight today and I didn’t get the decision. But at the end of the day everyone here will take my autograph and my picture.”
I would rate his performance from last night as the worst of his career. At least against Maidana, he showed heart and tried to make a comeback later in the fight. The rumors were that Adrien Broner was forced to take this fight because he was given enough easy opponents since his loss to Maidana, and it was time for him to prove his worth against a young lion. It is safe to say that he flunked the test. It is also safe to say that he can forget about becoming the next pay per-view star in the foreseeable future, if ever. I would be very interested to see what his handlers decide to do with him from this point on. He is still a big enough name and more fighters would love to get a crack at him. But how do you resell him to the public? I don’t think his trash talk would be good enough to get people excited. Do you change the trainer and try to repackage him as a new fighter? Do you put him on a soft diet until you feel he is ready? After this performance, I don’t see how he could beat any of the other top welterweights.