Adrien Broner not looking past Bill Hutchinson, vows to be world champion again
By Craig Daly: A thinned-down Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner insists that he’s not overlooking his opponent Bill Hutchinson for their main event on Friday night, but he says he will become world champion again.
AB will face Hutchinson (20-2-4, 9 KOs) in a ten-round fight this Friday at the Casino Miami Jai Alai, Miami. If Broner comes out victorious, he could be given a title shot against WBC light welterweight champion Regis Prograis.
Broner must win and look sharp against Hutchinson for him to be taken seriously as having a chance of picking up a significant belt at 140. Hutchinson has little power, so Broner should be safe for this fight.
The inactivity of Broner over the last seven years is worrisome because he should have been busy with his career.
For the 33-year-old Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs) to become a world champion again will be harder than the previous four times that he won belts.
At 140, there’s no Paulie Malignaggi or Khabib Allakhverdiev for Broner to pick up an easy belt as he did against those fighters many years ago.
If those guys were fighting today and were still in their prime, it’s fair to say they wouldn’t win titles at 140 or 147.
To win a world title at 140, Broner must beat these champions:
- Subriel Matias
- Regis Prograis
- Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero
- Josh Taylor
“Adrien Broner will become world champion again, and it will be under Don King,” said Broner at the final press conference. “There is bigger things to come, but the first is to take care of Billy.”
Prograis willing to fight Broner
“I’ve been wanting that fight. That’s a fight that I’ve been wanting for like five or six years, bro. Before I was a world champion, I was like, man, I want to fight Adrien Broner,” said Regis Prograis to iFL TV, reacting to Adrien Broner saying he wants to fight him.
“I remember I went to his fight with him and Mike. It was in New York, and I went to that fight, and after the fight, I was calling out the winner. I want to fight him for a long time.
“Maybe we could do that. That’s the thing. It’s so many good options. There’s [Jack] Catterrall, him, and Devin Haney. There are so many options out there right now that I can do.
“So after this, after I take care of my business next week, then I just have to talk to Eddie and see what we gonna do,” said Prograis about his promoter Eddie Hearn.
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