Flamboyant. Flashy. Cocky. Arrogant. Exciting. These are just a few words to describe Adrien Broner. For those of you who don’t know Adrien Broner is a 23 year old champion who’s held belts already in 3 different weight classes. In Adrien’s last fight he won in split decision against welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. Throughout the fight you could see Broner telling Malignaggi “You can’t hit me!” and shaking off whatever punches Malignaggi threw at him. It wasn’t just Broner’s in-ring tactics that got people’s attention. Throughout the promotional press conferences Broner & Malignaggi went back and forth including Broner stating claim that he slept with Malignaggi’s girl (or side piece according to Paulie).
Of course with the trash talking, money flashing, defensive shell of a fighting style AND being a young black male he has already been compared to Floyd Mayweather. The only thing is that Broner is an offensive minded boxer who has good defense compared to Floyd who seems to be in the business of defense first, then look for the knockout. This might actually be beneficial for Broner’s pockets because people love action and Broner brings plenty of that to the ring.
The comparisons really come to play outside the ring with the lavish lifestyle Broner lives. With his extravagant approach to the ring, large entourage, and his love for stun’n on camera you can see why he might get the Mayweather comparison. Some people will hate him and will portray him as a villain, while some (especially in the black community) will see him as a fan favorite. This balance will allow for him to pull in great pay-per-view numbers. Some will pay in hopes of seeing him get knocked out, while some will root him on to victory in hopes that he stays undefeated throughout his career. You can’t deny the entertainment level of his fights.
While some argue about the quality of opponents he’s faced he’s still only 23 years old with plenty room to grow. Between the 135 to 147 weight classes Broner has plenty of opposition to fight against. With him understanding the importance of a strong defensive base, solid punching power, and hopefully a similar work ethic like big brother Mayweather Broner can easily be one (if not the best) of the best boxers in the upcoming years.
Broner is also the CEO of the music label “Band Camp” which we will cover in the future.