Broner Seeks Redemption on Saturday
During his lowest moments in 2015, the boxing career of Adrien Broner was in jeopardy. Now with a new outlook on both life and boxing, the controversial boxer enters Saturday’s main event against Adrian Granados facing high stakes for the future of his career in the ring.
Broner, 27, was last in the headlines in Fall of 2016, and not for his achievements in the ring. The boxer posted highly concerning photographs on Instagram suggesting that he was toiling with thoughts of suicide. The frightening moment came at the end of another difficult year for Broner, who had recently been charged for assault and aggravated robbery stemming from an incident in January.
He fought just once in 2016, beating Ashley Theophane in April.
After the scare in October, Broner began his rehabilitation by rekindling a friendship with an estranged ally: Floyd Mayweather Jr. The superstar invited Broner to Las Vegas to stay with him until things cleared up.
Now, as he prepares to step into the ring again, Broner says that Mayweather made a massive impact on him in those trying times.
"It was a big influence,” Broner said, per Boxing Scene. “We done had our rough times, but the last time we been together we really smoothed everything out and he got me thinking more as a grown man. You know, I was doing a lot of childish things. I had big responsibilities. I was still acting like a kid. And now it’s really time to grow up and grasp everything that I’ve got going on.”
Because of the harsh situations that Broner lived through in 2016, his comeback fight just four months after the suicide scare is one of the most intriguing fights of his career.
The fight against Granados (18-4-2) takes place at Xavier University’s Cintas Center in Cincinnati. If Broner can look impressive in the 12-round welterweight contest, he can begin to reestablish himself as the potential star that Mayweather once said he could become.