Opinion | Jul 30 2017

What now for Adrien Broner?

Don't expect Adrien Broner to fade away any time soon, writes John Dennen
Adrien Broner
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WHERE does Adrien Broner go from here? Does he have a legacy to fall back on? He is a four-weight ‘world’ champion but he has not beaten significant opposition, losing to Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter and now Mikey Garcia.

Garcia is a talented fighter no doubt and most expected him to win. But Broner needed a victory or even a moral victory, an exciting finish perhaps like he delivered against Porter. But now he has been exposed by a smaller man. This latest defeat raises the question of whether Broner was ever as gifted as he appeared to be. He did look devastating earlier on in his career, at lighter weights himself. But Garcia served notice that Broner may be good but he is not good enough.

But that doesn’t mean Broner will fade away. He can be obnoxious but Broner’s outspoken nature generates attention. He hasn’t been ‘walking the walk’ in recent bouts but ‘talking the talk’ is part the modern boxing business. And Adrien Broner shows no sign of being chastened.

 

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