Is Adrien Broner Considering A Return To Boxing?
Following a brief retirement, Adrien Broner appears to have the itch to return to the ring again.
Speaking on the Wyatt Live podcast, Broner (33-4-1, 1NC), who has fought in multiple weight divisions, is thinking about dropping weight classes. His last few fights have been in the welterweight division.
“I want to be world champion again,” Broner stated, via Boxing Scene. “140, 135 if it’s the right opponent. I’m not playing at 135, but I think my next fight will be at 140. At this point, it doesn’t matter who I fight. I can fight my assistant, and they’re going to see me. They don’t care.
“I’m a natural lightweight, and if I come back to 135, I’ll destroy the weight class because I can still make the weight honestly. Yeah, I can still make the weight. I would have to sacrifice, but I can make it through.”
Broner turned professional in 2008 and was dubbed the next Floyd Mayweather. He ended up winning gold in four different divisions; holding the WBO Super-Featherweight Title, WBC Lightweight Title, WBA Welterweight Title, and WBA Light-Welterweight Titles. In his last seven bouts, however, Broner is 3-3-1, and he is 0-2-1 in his last three.
Competing in the lightweight division in 2012, Broner defeated Antonio DeMarco for the WBC Lightweight Title. He defended it once before moving to welterweight, beating Paulie Malignaggi for the WBA Welterweight Title. Broner demanded that he receive $10 million from manager Al Haymon and Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza for upcoming fights. After not getting what he desired, Broner stated he was retiring from boxing and becoming a rapper.
In his last three fights, Broner lost to Mikey Garcia, fought Jessie Vargas to a draw, and lost to Manny Pacquiao via unanimous decision. Currently, boxing has put on events without fans due to COVID-19 concerns. Broner believes he’ll be ready to go by the end of the year and that he’s just getting started.
“If everything opens back up and they open up the arena, then I might fight in December,” Broner went on to say. “If not, then I’m not fighting until 2021. I’d be damned if I’m fighting [without fans]. I can’t because they gotta pay me. If my money is right, they are going to have a hell of a fight. In the second half of my career, it’s going to be everything that I want and the way I want to do it. It’s going to be all my way.”