About Boxing?

By Cain Bradley on July 31, 2017
About Boxing?
He will try to scrounge as much out of boxing as he possibly can, retiring in ignominy.

Broner has imitated the great man for a while now and against Garcia was feinting and shoulder rolling ineffectively…

Adrien Broner has always made himself easy to pay attention to. Unfortunately that has not necessarily been because of his skills in the ring and you can argue his desire to be a star has been to the detriment of his boxing career. His loss to Mikey Garcia this past weekend should be the most notable moment of his career however it affects his career.

After Becoming WBC lightweight champion in November 2012 by stopping Antonio DeMarco, in the eighth round, quicker than even Edwin Valero did it, he was a fixture on pound for pound lists. The Ring ranked him fifth in their end of year list, ahead of Manny Pacquiao. Defeats over Gavin Rees and Paulie Malignaggi followed in 2013 as he added a world title in the fourth weight class. The performances may not have been at the level expected of “The Can-Man” but becoming the 16th man to become world champion in four weight classes was highly impressive at 24.

Athletically Blessed, Broner showed just how quick he is against Mikey Garcia with his hand speed his stand out advantage. Unfortunately, Broner has spent far too long watching Floyd Mayweather. He has imitated the great man for a while now and against Garcia was feinting and shoulder rolling ineffectively. Broner has always been at his best when he comes forward. He is too hittable and does not throw enough punches to get away with boxing in the back foot at the highest level. You never see Mayweather edge around the ring, along the ropes just flicking out an ineffective jab. His offense does not have enough variety. From a fighter happy to stand in the pocket using his defensive reflexes and punch output he became an ineffective back foot boxer looking for counters. A return to the style that took him so far would not guarantee success for Broner but in the lower weights (135 and 140) where he belongs it still makes him a serious threat.

Aggressive Brawlers were originally seen as the kryptonite to Adrien Broner. Marcos Maidana was the man who laid out the blueprint. He got to him early and made him respect the power by hurting him in the second round. He dominated his way to an easy decision win. John Molina Jr. was not good enough to capitalize on the weakness although Broner looked off that night, unwilling to take chances. Shawn Porter took the blueprint and almost perfected it. He beat Broner by a wider margin but the American showed himself to be dangerous when dropping Porter with a short left hook in the final round. Even Adrian Granados troubled Broner by putting pressure on him. The loss to Garcia can be considered the first time someone outclassed Broner by boxing. That will surely bring self doubt for Broner. You can almost imagine the brash boxer brushing the other losses off as he was still the better ‘boxer.’ This one will hurt.

About Billions no longer just seems like a nickname for Broner. It has become a lifestyle and something for fans to mock him about on twitter. His lust for money and fame, as alluded to in the introduction, has at times bordered on ridiculous. The incidents live on in infamy and unless something changes in his boxing career, they will be what he is remembered for. Flushing money down the toilet, getting down on one knee to ask girlfriend Arie Nicole to brush his hair and humping Maidana are all highly disrespectful acts that have made Broner a highly unpopular character. For the Garcia fight he actually came in under the weight of 140, a welcome surprise after he had struggled in past fights. It suggests that he trained harder than for any of his recent bouts but still was not enough. The stories have not come out yet about this training camp and whether he was drinking or partying. If Broner wants his career to come to anything then it is probably time to re-dedicate and give up the vices in his life.

Actually Becoming the history maker that he constantly references looks very hard for Broner. Records are very tough to break and if Broner even improves a little from his current iteration, he will not get near any. He should instead concentrate on getting back into big fights and regaining respect from the boxing community. His weight will probably end up being light-welterweight although getting down to lightweight may be his best chance at success. If he wants to take on fringe world level contenders with names then Ricky Burns and Humberto Soto exist. He also benefits from it being one of the weakest divisions in boxing in my opinion. Mikey Garcia may not remain while Terence Crawford, the preeminent fighter could move up once he has unified all the titles. Julius Indongo looks beatable while Josh Taylor, Anthony Yigit, Sergey Lipinets and Antonio Oroczo may not be ready for the crown. Broner could make this home and steadily rebuild his boxing and his reputation before trying to get the bigger fights that he needs to earn. The alternative for Broner could be returning to welterweight and taking a few of the bigger name opponents. It would not shock me if his next opponent is one of Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto or Amir Khan. All are recognizable names who seem to be in a similar place to Broner, outside of contention.

Achieving Brilliance is something that most people do not manage. Most people aren’t even expected to get to that level. Broner has put these expectations on his own shoulders through his actions so when he invariably fails, of course fans are disappointed. If Broner had not made himself into the “about billions” character perhaps we would not even care anymore. That is of course why he did it, to stay relevant. Whatever happens from here I think we can look at this as at least a key moment in the career of Broner. He can choose to attempt to turn it around and make something of his abilities. Or, in the likelier scenario, he will try to scrounge as much money out of boxing as he possibly can, retiring in ignominy.

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  1. Pete The Sneak 04:28am, 08/01/2017

    Koolz, totally agree. When you saw Broner come forward after Garcia in the middle to late rounds, you can see that he actually hurt Garcia with a couple of shots, but he was not consistent enough with his offense. He let Garcia dictate the rounds by always letting him get off first, which then put him (Broner) in a defensive posture for the majority of the rounds…If Broner hasn’t changed at 28 years old, I don’t see him doing anything different going forward and yes, as the writer indicated, when all is said and done, Broner will always be remembered more for his outside the ring antics than for being a ‘4-Division’ boxing champion. To quote a Bronx Tale: “Wasted Talent.”...Peace.

  2. Koolz 03:03pm, 07/31/2017

    I don’t like Broner never have he is a spoiled child.
    But in his fight with Garcia he could have won.  He had really nice defense, speed, and power.
    If he let his hands go instead of backing up all the time he could have KO’d Garcia. 
    Broner’s psyche is the problem.  You can see it on display as he constantly
    comes back to his corner and shrugs his shoulders or when he shakes his head after Garcia hits him with combos.
    (needs approval of others, needs to convince himself)
    Garcia dominated but he didn’t anything to special here and certainly doesn’t carry the power to be a threat at 140.
    Garcia never really hurt Broner.

  3. Kid Blast 07:03am, 07/31/2017

    He is like a stone that you throw across the stream. Lots of splash but nothing going down deep.

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