Adrien Broner

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Adrien Broner
Adrien Broner 2012.jpg
Broner in his corner between rounds of his fight against DeMarco
Statistics
Real name Adrien Jerome Broner
Nickname(s) "The Problem"[1] "Lil Brother"[2]
Rated at Super Featherweight (130 lb)
Lightweight (135 lb)
Light Welterweight (140 lb)
Welterweight (147 lb)
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1989-07-28) July 28, 1989 (age 25)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 30
Wins 29
Wins by KO 22
Losses 1
Draws 0
No contests 0

Adrien Jerome Broner, (born July 28, 1989) is an American professional boxer and also an occasional rapper. He is a three-time world champion and is the former WBC lightweight champion, WBO super featherweight champion and WBA welterweight champion of the world. He reached a peak position of #6 Pound For Pound by The Ring magazine.[3]

Professional boxer[edit]

Fighting Style[edit]

Adrien Broner is an orthodox boxer who has widely drawn comparisons to Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who Adrien himself considers his 'big brother'. The similarities between the two include the shoulder roll defense used by both boxers.

Super Featherweight[edit]

Adrien Broner is a fighter who turned professional on 31 May 2008 and scored three consecutive first round knockouts against Allante Davis, David Warren Huffman and Ramon Flores. In Broner's fourth fight he faced Terrance Jett at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the undercard of the Ricky Hatton vs Paulie Malignaggi fight. Broner defeated Jett with a stoppage in the sixth round. In Broner's fifth professional fight and final of 2008, he faced Scott Furney on the undercard of Oscar De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquiao fight. Broner stopped Furney in the first round bringing his record to 5(5)-0-0.

In January 2009 he was forced to go the distance with Jose Alfredo Lugo, at the Staples Center on the undercard of Shane Mosley vs Antonio Margarito. Broner returned to the ring in March scoring a unanimous decision over Eric Ricker. Three weeks later Broner stopped Angel Rodriguez in the fourth round. In his eighth fight Broner stepped up to eight rounds in a hard fought fight with Fernando Quintero, pulling out a controversial majority decision victory in a fight that Quintero took on 4 days' notice. In June at the Staples Center Broner met Australian William Kickett, scoring a sixth round knockout. On the Juan Díaz vs Paul Malignaggi undercard in Houston Broner make short work of Edgar Portillo, victory coming via stoppage in the first round. Broner defeated Henry White Jr via KO in September and finished his busy year against Tommy Atencio. Broner stopped Atencio in the first round, for the sixth time in thirteen fights. Broner then had a fourth round stoppage victory over Roberto Acevedo. Broner fought 4 more times in 2010 against Rafael Lora, Carlos Claudio, Guillermo Sanchez, and Ilido Julio, stopping all of them.

Broner vs. Ponce De Leon[edit]

Broner took his first major step up in weight when he competed against former Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce de León on March 5, 2011. In what was truly a very closely contested fight, Broner came away with a controversial unanimous decision victory. Broner got off to a slow start, having trouble penetrating De Leon's high guard. Broner came on strong in the fourth, hurting De Leon with a body shot. Broner slowed down in the middle and later rounds, though landed the cleaner shots, while De Leon proved to be the busier fighter. CompuBox had Broner landing 126 of his 351 (36%) of his total punches, while De Leon landed 127 of his 592 (21%) punches. Harold Lederman scored the fight: 96-94, in Ponce De Leon's favour.

Broner's next fight was on HBO's Boxing After Dark show from Guadalajara, Mexico, Adrien Broner took on Top 10 Super Featherweight contender Jason Litzau in a fight scheduled for ten rounds. Broner landed combos on the ropes late in the first, with a straight right, left hook and then a right uppercut hurting the Minnesotan badly. He crumpled, and the ref leaped in, seeing he was out. The official end came at 2:58 of the first round.

Super Featherweight title[edit]

After having no luck in securing a fight Ricky Burns, the former WBO super featherweight champion, to fight him on November 26, 2011,[4] Broner fought contender Vicente Martin Rodriguez on the undercard of the Saul Alvarez vs. Kermit Cintron fight card on HBO as part of a double header.[5] He defeated Rodriguez by knockout in the third round, to win the vacant WBO Super Featherweight World title.

Broner made a successful first defense of his WBO belt against Top 10 Super Featherweight contender and mandatory challenger Eloy Perez on a Feb. 25, 2012 HBO-televised card.[6] with a knockout victory. Broner controlled the pace and action from start to finish, beating Perez to the punch and walking him down with ease. The fight ended when Broner landed a straight hand on Perez, followed by another right hand as Perez was going down.

Broner's next scheduled fight was to be on July 21, 2012, at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, against Super Featherweight contender Vicente Escobedo. However, at weigh-in for the fight on July 20, Broner was 133 1/2 pounds, well over the 130-pound limit for the Super Featherweight class, and was automatically stripped of his title. The fight went on as scheduled and Broner won by 5th round TKO when Escobedo's corner threw in the towel.[7]

Lightweight[edit]

Broner vs. DeMarco[edit]

Broner during his Lightweight title fight against Antonio DeMarco, November 2012.

Broners next fight was scheduled for November 17, 2012, in Atlantic City at Boardwalk Hall, and was aired on HBO. The fight marked Broner's debut in the Lightweight division. The opponent was the WBC Lightweight champion and Ring No. 1-ranked Lightweight, Antonio DeMarco. Broner started the fight off boxing DeMarco, working behind his jab and using his shoulder roll defense to frustrate DeMarco. In the early rounds, Broner was able to hit DeMarco with his quick counter left hook several times. By the 4th round, Broner and DeMarco decided to stand toe-to-toe in the center of the ring and trade punches. It was Broner who got the better of the inside fight though, with his speed and quick combination punching taking its toll on DeMarco. By the 6th round, DeMarco had cut and his face swollen in several places, as he still opted to stand toe-to-toe with Broner, with Broner barely missing his right uppercuts and working the body of DeMarco as well. Then, in the 8th round, Broner opened up another fast combination which hurt DeMarco and than a swinging left uppercut sent DeMarco to the canvas for the first time in his career. DeMarco's corner stopped the fight right after the knockdown, giving Broner his second world title in as many weight classes.

Broner vs. Gavin Rees[edit]

CompuBox had Broner landing 241 of his 451 total punches. After the fight, Broner said he'd be interested in fighting Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Márquez and current WBO Lightweight champion Ricky Burns. Broner is set to make his first title defense on February 16, 2013, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.[needs update] Having no luck at getting fellow Lightweight champion Ricky Burns to fight him in February, Broner is set[when?] to fight Ring No. 6-ranked Lightweight Gavin Rees.

Broner stopped Rees in five rounds, after Rees' corner threw in the towel at the end of the round. Rees had some success early, when Broner was clowning and showboating, landing jabs and body shots. By round 3, Broner was in complete control, hitting Rees with his counter left hook at will, as well as hitting Rees at will on the inside. In the 4th round, Broner sent Rees to the canvas with a quick right uppercut, and landed more combinations as the round ended. In the 5th, after a brief clinch between the two, they separated and Broner landed a hard left body shot on Rees, dropping Rees to a knee. Broner ended the round teeing off on Rees, with Rees' trainer throwing in the towel from the corner. CompuBox had Broner landing 48% of his punches in the fight, as well as ending the fight landing 40 of 57 in the final round.

Welterweight[edit]

Broner vs. Malignaggi[edit]

After failing to secure a fight with fellow Lightweight champion Ricky Burns, Broner decided to move up two weight classes to Welterweight in order to fight two division champion Paulie Malignaggi. Malignaggi was the WBA Welterweight Champion and ''Ring'' No. 6 ranked Welterweight. Broner defeated Malignaggi in a split decision, with one judge scoring the fight 115-113 for Malignaggi, and the other two scoring 117-111 and 115-113 for Broner, making him a 3 weight world champion at just 23 years of age. Malignaggi started the fight fast and aggressive, throwing many punches and applying his jab often. Malignaggi won many of the early rounds on many peoples scorecards. Broner found his timing by the middle of the fight, effectively timing Malignaggi with lead right hands. CompuBox had the totaled Broner landing 246 (47%) of his total punches, and 214 (51%) of power punches. While Malignaggi landed 120 jabs throughout the fight, but only 94 (25%) power punches. Many people felt Compubox did not reward Malignaggi for his body shots. This led to a controversial split decision that many ringside observers had Malignaggi winning.[citation needed]

Broner vs. Maidana[edit]

Broner made his first defense at Welterweight against former Light Welterweight champion Marcos Maidana. Broner had stated before the fight that he did not take training camp seriously for the Malignaggi fight, and that he was going to make a statement in his first defense. From the opening bell, Maidana swarmed Broner, punishing him to the body and the head. In the second round, a left hook sent Broner down for the first time in his career. Broner recovered and seemed to be on the verge of taking control over a tiring Maidana, but a Maidana right to the body followed by a left hook to the head once again put Broner down in round 8. Maidana punished a humbled Broner for the remainder of the fight, winning the fight via unanimous decision and giving Broner his first loss as a pro.

Junior Welterweight[edit]

Broner vs. Taylor[edit]

Following a unanimous decision victory against Carlos Molina, Broner remained at junior welterweight to fight Emmanuel Taylor. Taylor won his last fight by way of unanimous decision against Karim Mayfield. Emmanuel Taylor started the fight charging Broner. Broner spent a large portion of the early rounds on the ropes, appearing to be unaffected by Taylor's punches. In the middle rounds, Broner increased his punch activity, making for back and forth action. By round 8, Taylor's activity reduced dramatically, allowing Broner to secure the last four rounds. Broner sealed the decision in his favor with a left hook to the jaw of Taylor which sent Taylor to the canvas in round 12. Broner won the fight via unanimous decision with the judges scorecards as 116-111, 116-111, 115-112. [8] Broner landed 201 of 524 punches thrown (38%) while Taylor landed 181 of 655 punches thrown (28%).[9]

Professional boxing record[edit]

29 Wins (22 Knockouts, 7 Decisions, 1 Loss, 0 Draw[10]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 29–1 United States Emmanuel Taylor UD 12 2014-09-06 United States U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 28–1 United States Carlos Molina UD 10 2014-05-03 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant WBA International Light Welterweight title.
Loss 27–1 Argentina Marcos Maidana UD 12 2013-12-14 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Lost WBA Welterweight title.
Win 27–0 United States Paulie Malignaggi SD 12 2013-06-22 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York Won WBA Welterweight title.
Win 26–0 United Kingdom Gavin Rees TKO 5 (12), 2:59 2013-02-16 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBC Lightweight title.
Win 25–0 Mexico Antonio DeMarco TKO 8 (12), 1:49 2012-11-17 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won WBC Lightweight title.
Win 24–0 United States Vicente Escobedo TKO 5 (12), 2:42 2012-07-21 United States U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio For vacant WBO Super Featherweight title.
Broner lost the title on the scales after failing to make weight, title at stake for Escobedo only.
Win 23–0 United States Eloy Pérez KO 4 (12), 2:44 2012-02-25 United States Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri Retained WBO Super Featherweight title.
Win 22–0 Argentina Vicente Martín Rodríguez KO 3 (12), 1:43 2011-11-26 United States U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio Won vacant WBO Super Featherweight title.
Win 21–0 United States Jason Litzau TKO 1 (10), 2:58 2011-06-18 Mexico Arena VFG, Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco Won vacant WBC USNBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 20–0 Mexico Daniel Ponce de León UD 10 2011-03-05 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Featherweight title.
Win 19–0 United States John Revish RTD 1 (8), 3:00 2011-01-15 United States Taft Masonic Temple, Cincinnati, Ohio Won vacant WBC USNBC Lightweight title.
Win 18–0 Colombia Ilido Julio TKO 1 (8), 1:34 2010-11-06 United States Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Win 17–0 Puerto Rico Guillermo Sanchez TKO 2 (10), 1:48 2010-09-04 United States Hamiltion County Fairgrounds, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 16–0 Puerto Rico Carlos Claudio RTD 6 (10), 3:00 2010-06-19 United States Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, Ohio Won vacant WBC Youth Inter-Continental Super Featherweight title.
Win 15–0 Dominican Republic Rafael Lora TKO 1 (10), 3:00 2010-05-14 United States Paradise Theater, The Bronx, New York
Win 14–0 Puerto Rico Roberto Acevedo TKO 4 (6), 0:14 2010-01-23 United States Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 13–0 United States Tommy Atencio TKO 1 (6), 2:58 2009-11-28 United States Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 12–0 United States Henry White, Jr. KO 3 (6), 3:00 2009-09-05 United States Hamiltion County Fairgrounds, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 11–0 Mexico Edgar Portillo TKO 1 (10), 1:37 2009-08-22 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Win 10–0 Australia William Kickett KO 6 (8), 2:58 2009-06-27 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 9–0 Mexico Fernando Quintero MD 8 2009-05-08 United States Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas
Win 8–0 Mexico Angel Rodriguez TKO 4 (6), 0:23 2009-04-04 United States Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
Win 7–0 United States Eric Ricker UD 6 2009-03-14 United States Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 6–0 Mexico Jose Alfredo Lugo UD 6 2009-01-24 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 5–0 United States Scott Furney TKO 1 (6), 1:14 2008-12-06 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 4–0 United States Terrance Jett TKO 6 (6), 0:33 2008-11-22 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3–0 Mexico Ramon Flores TKO 1 (4), 2:11 2008-09-27 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win 2–0 United States David Warren Huffman TKO 1 (4), 1:20 2008-08-30 United States Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio
Win 1–0 United States Allante Davis KO 1 (4), 0:32 2008-05-31 United States Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio Professional debut.

Filmography[edit]

Television Series
Year Series Role Notes
2012 2 Days: Adrien Broner Himself Documentary
2 Days: Adrien Broner Part II
2013 A Day in the Life

Entrance themes[edit]

  • "Lurkin'" by Waka Flocka Flame (July 21, 2012)
  • "Backseat Freestyle" by Kendrick Lamar (November 17, 2012)
  • "Ain't Worried About Nothin'" by French Montana (December 14, 2013) [11]
  • "Box Chevy" by Rick Ross (May 3, 2014) [12]
  • "Lifestyle" by Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan (September 6, 2014) [13]

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External links[edit]

Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Ricky Burns
WBO Super Featherweight Champion
November 26, 2011 – July 20, 2012
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Román Martínez
Preceded by
Antonio DeMarco
WBC Lightweight Champion
November 17, 2012 – January 29, 2014
Stripped
Succeeded by
Omar Figueroa
Interim champ promoted
Preceded by
Paulie Malignaggi
WBA Welterweight Champion
June 22, 2013 – December 14, 2013
Succeeded by
Marcos René Maidana