By Albert Benson
Tonight on HBO, Adrien “The Problem” Broner showed why he a problem for anyone faces in the ring, he systematically broke down and punished tough former light welterweight champion Gavin Rees and dropped him with a powerful right uppercut in the fourth round, followed up in fifth round with a powerful left hook to the body that dropped Rees, and right after that Broner went in for the kill punishing him with flurries causing Rees’ trainer Gary Lockett to throw in the towel and stop his fighter from taking anymore punishment.
What we saw tonight is a A class fighter in his early stages, we are witnessing a future all time great in the making. Adrien Broner is just 23 years old but already held a title at 130 pounds and now at 135 pounds and he is demolishing the best guys in his weight class like his idol Floyd Mayweather Jr. did when he was in those same divisions. Broner is the next big superstar in boxing, once the PPV king Floyd Mayweather Jr. retires and now that Manny Pacquiao got knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez, it’s Broner’s turn to shine.
Broner is not only slick and defensive, he is also very exciting and offensive, he has power in both hands and goes for the kill when he hurts an opponent. He can also appeal to the casual fans who think Floyd Mayweather is boring and like guys who are offensive minded like Manny Pacquiao, they get the best of both worlds with Broner — he is slick and aggressive.
I feel his charm and vibrant personality is an easy sell, he dances and raps going to the ring like a true showman, and he has the skills to back up his mouth. Of course he will have his haters who wish to see him lose, but that always comes with the territory when you are fresh, fly and flashy.
When Mayweather and Pacquiao leave the game, Broner will be the cash cow, he will dominate 140 pounds like he dominated 130 and 135, and he will finish his career off at 147 pounds and create a lot of interest and excitement in boxing. People always say boxing is dying, but everytime an aging star fades away, a new ones comes along, Oscar De La Hoya passed the torch to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, and now the torch will be passed to Adrien Broner.
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