Arum Wants No Part Of Broner
Adrien Broner continues to find himself in controversy. whether it is manufactured or out of happenstance, the Cincinnati born fighter has once again made more enemies in the world of boxing.
Less than a month after going to a draw with Jessie Vargas, Broner took to his favorite social media platform, Instagram, to call out Timothy Bradley.
Broner implored Bradley, who has not fought since 2016 to “bring yo b**** a** back to 144,” among other derogatory statements.
Bob Arum, who promoted Bradley’s last nine fights, finds Broner calling out the retired fighter and current ESPN commentator to be ridiculous.
“I don’t know what’s wrong with Adrien Broner. Timothy Bradley has a multi-year deal with ESPN where he’s a commentator,” said Arum at Thursday’s press conference for the Jorge Linares-Vasyl Lomachenko fight.
“You don’t see people in football calling out Troy Aikman to come back and play quarterback, or be calling out Jason Witten to come back to being a tight end. For a guy to segue from the sport to be a full-time commentator for a network like ESPN is a great achievement. Everybody wants to reach that, because you know as an athlete you can’t keep performing. So the idea of calling out Timothy Bradley … why doesn’t he call out Hagler or Leonard?”
One source of contention with Arum, was Broner’s lack of respect for his own promoter, Leonard Ellerbe, at the pre-fight press conference for his April clash with Vargas at Barclays Center.
“Forget about (Broner’s) performance or non-performance. I’m not willing to put him on a program of mine because of his language and his demeanor in the promotion. The way he insulted Leonard Ellerbe was uncalled for; it was horrible to use language like that. I don’t want any part of him,” said Arum
“Some people think it’s cute and maybe it does good ratings, but not for me.”
Original Story: The Ring