Adrien Broner finds himself at a career cross road in a showdown with one of the most talented fighters he’s faced in some time.
When I think about Adrien Jerome Broner I have mixed emotions. I have a real problem with ‘The Problem’ in the way I view him as a person and a fighter.
Fundamentally because I actually believe in him as both a fighter and a person, despite the nonsense and his continued ability to undermine my opinion and views of him as a boxing fan with everything he does.
I’m pretty sure I am not alone.
In a strange way Broner’s abilities and shortfalls call to mind a famous John Lennon quote. When asked if fellow band member Ringo Star was the best drummer in the world Lennon said:
“Ringo isn’t even the best drummer in the band.”
My point is this, in Broner’s own mind he is on another level, marching to his own tune in some way his legend is locked in.
But his status as a former four-weight world champion, having held the WBO junior-lightweight title from 2011 to 2012; the WBC lightweight title from 2012 to 2013; the WBA welterweight title in 2014; and the WBA light-welterweight title from 2015 to 2016 – means nothing now if he can not deliver against the unbeaten Mikey Garcia (36-0 30KO) in a super-lightweight bout at the Barclays Center on July 30th.
Personally I believe in Adrien Broner but does Broner believe in himself? Which Adrien Broner will turn up?
We’re about to find out in New York.
Ahead of the fight Showtime YouTube (hat tip) have put together this excellent look at Broner’s career to date: