Adrien “The Problem” Broner is perhaps best known for two things when you talk to any fan of the sport of boxing. First, his comically over-the-top, larger-than-life persona both inside and out of the square circle (which has seen him tear up $20 bills and flush them down the toilet). Second, the way he was brutally manhandled and twice knocked down when he jumped two weight divisions to challenge Marcos Maidana after winning the WBA welterweight title from Paulie Malignaggi. Broner was 27-0 before suffering his first career defeat, and now holds an overall record of 30-2 with 22 knockouts after losing this past Saturday to the speedy Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KO’s).
The fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas between Broner and Porter went the full 12 rounds, where both fighters appeared sloppy, and neither brought their A-game. It seemed as though Porter wanted to go toe-to-toe with Adrien, but for the majority of the bout, Broner was fouling and shoving before finally in round 11, referee Tony Weeks took away one point from “The Problem.” Overall, Broner connected on 28 percent of his shots (88 of 309) to Porter’s 25 percent (149 of 590), per Bad Left Hook.
Adrien was somewhat gracious in defeat, clapping for Porter as he was ultimately declared the unanimous decision victor.
“I’m OK, my kids OK, I’m financially fine, and it was a good fight, I’m OK. At the end of the day, great champions can take a good loss, and great champions takes a good win like they take a loss. It’s OK. I’m a real animal. I came to fight today, I didn’t get the decision, but I’m OK. Everyone will still want my autograph and take my picture.”
Adrien Broner post fight interview after getting demolished by Shawn Porter pic.twitter.com/N2hpKXduqZ
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) June 21, 2015
The lone bright spot for Broner was when he lead with a vicious left hook at the beginning of round 12 that dropped his opponent to the canvas. However, that knockdown came far too late to make much of an impact on the official scorecards (118-108, 115-111, 114-112).
Here is that knockdown of Porter, via Vine.
Porter’s reaction to the knockdown was priceless, per Larry Brown Sports.
Adrien, who has dubbed himself “About Billions” — a play on his initials A.B. — and considers Floyd Mayweather Jr. to be his “big brother,” attempted to throw a couple of wild (albeit, illegal) over the head, no-look punches Porter’s way, though neither landed.
Weeks calls time and spoke to Broner, but NO POINT. This is getting to be ridiculous. Broner threw a punch over his shoulder.
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) June 21, 2015
View the erratic shots below, courtesy of UpRoxx.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Broner has made enemies amongst fans for his flashy ring walks and overall attitude in a way that many feel disrespects the sport. Once, he was even suspended for making racist comments about Mexican fighters after defeating Carlos Molina.
Start at the six-second mark.
Broner was once considered the next big thing in boxing: the man who would carry the torch soon to be relinquished by Mayweather. However, after losing two of his last fight bouts, what the future holds for Adrien remains to be seen.
Though the Porter showdown took place at a catch-weight of 144 lbs., Adrien has options to bounce anywhere from 135-147 at the moment. Some top opponents he could face down the line include: Jorge Linares, Danny Garcia, Amir Khan, and Sadam Ali.
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