Adrien Broner has turned up the heat in training as the four-weight world champion heads into a 40th professional fight in 2022.
Broner, 32, was admitted to hospital in a wheelchair a long time ago. Now he looks in better shape and on his way to returning to boxing.
“The Problem” seemed far from it in February when WBN reported Broner’s out-of-ring troubles.
Weeks later, and the super-lightweight contender will soon be knocking on the door of top stars between 140 and 147 pounds.
Judging by his latest actions, Adrien Broner is sweating and trying to shed the excess weight he gained from his party lifestyle.
Training alongside Rau’Shee Warren, the American is already burning the results of his wild ways. Posting drug use images and videos on adult-only websites seems to be his past — for now.
The focus is on boxing for Broner, who may well need a big payday after a year of inaction.
Defeating Jovanie Santiago in February 2021, Broner picked up her first victory in four long years. Fourteen plus months away hasn’t helped him in his quest to be taken seriously for a title shot.
However, Broner remains a big name himself. He has repeatedly said he is open to massive checks to deal with anyone with the funds.
Eddie Hearn will be on high alert with Conor Benn wanting a name fighter to gain traction in the United States. The same goes for David Avanesyan and his promoter Frank Warren.
Former opponent Jessie Vargas has already thrown her hat in the ring for a rematch. But if he could make the weight, Broner seriously better hit the 140 limit.
Many of his fights at the higher weight were unsuccessful, and Broner would be much more powerful if he tried to go for a welterweight title.
ADRIEN BRONER TITLE STRIKE
All the belts will soon become vacant despite the misfortune of Jack Catterall and what an event it could be if Broner and the Briton fight for a vacant belt.
There’s also Regis Prograis and Teofimo Lopez for Broner to consider at super-lightweight. This scenario gives him extra incentive to keep going until he hits 140 pounds.
Something concrete should take shape on the return of Adrien Broner in the coming weeks.
The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.
Phil, editor of WBN, has over ten years experience in boxing news. Also, follow WBN us on Twitter @WorldBoxingNews.