Adrien Broner objected Thursday to the implication that he is something resembling the old.
Broner made his professional debut in May 2008, but the four-weight world champion won’t turn 33 until next week. His August 20 opponent, Omar Figueroa Jr., is only four months younger than Broner, so he doesn’t understand why reporters have been questioning him as if he were Bernard Hopkins’ second coming.
“Hey, man, you talk to me like I’m 65, man,” Broner said. “Do you know who you are talking to? I’m AB, man, Adrien Broner. You are going mad’.”
The Cincinnati native will fight for just the sixth time in the past six years when he takes on Figueroa in a 12-round, 140-pound main event Showtime airs from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Broner believes a win over the former WBC lightweight champion will put him on track to make a successful resurgence in the junior welterweight division.
“Man, like I said before, man, they don’t really like you until you’re done,” said Broner, who is 1-2-1 in his last four fights. . “So, you know, I know I’m far from done. I know my name will always be important in this boxing game. And I’m just here to continue this race and become the best Adrien Broner I can be.
He was a more subdued Broner than the frustrated fighter who cursed longtime adviser Al Haymon and Showtime Sports‘ Stephen Espinoza and walked away from his computer at the start of a virtual press conference on Tuesday. It bothered Broner two days before taking part in this Q&A session that he was asked to participate in a virtual press conference, which has become standard operating procedure for Showtime, Premier Boxing Champions Haymon and other networks, streaming services and promoters during the covid19 pandemic.
A remorseful Broner explained via his Instagram account on Wednesday that he was irritated on Tuesday “with a lot of bullshit going on in my life.” He added that he had no problem with Haymon or Showtime, which has televised six of Broner’s last seven fights either live on the network or on pay-per-view.
Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) will fight next month for the first time since defeating Puerto Rico’s Jovanie Santiago by unanimous decision in February 2021 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Exactly 18 months will have passed between Broner’s fights by the time he steps into the ring to fight Figueroa.
Broner defeated Santiago (14-2-1, 10 KOs) by scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 115-112, but their welterweight bout was seen as closer by fan factions and the media. Although he has expressed his respect for Figueroa (28-2-1, 19 KOs), who lost back-to-back fights to former WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas and Abel Ramos, Broner is fully confident he will extend the Figueroa’s three-way losing streak. .
“You know, I’m Adrien Broner, you know, four-time world champion in four different weight classes,” Broner said. “So, you know, that expectation for me is always high. When I get in the ring, I know a lot of people expect a lot from me. So, I’m used to it. For me, man, I’m just gonna try to achieve victory.
Keith Idec is senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be contacted on Twitter @Idecboxing.