Editor of TheSweetScience.com, Michael Woods interviews Adrien Broner ahead of the Broner vs. Malignaggi fight at the Barclays Center.
Adrien Broner is the current WBC lightweight champion and former WBO super featherweight champion. He will be trying to become the WBA welterweight title holder when he takes on Paul Malignaggi on Saturday, June 22nd. Let?s look at the man they call ?The Problem.?
Adrien Jerome Broner was born on July 28th, 1989. He turned professional in May of 2008 and won his first three fights by first round knockout. In 2009, Broner was finally tested as he went the distance in a win over Jose Alfredo Lugo. He also went to decision against Eric Ricker. In his eighth fight Broner had his most difficult test against Fernando Quintero but he won by majority decision.
Broner didn?t get another tough fight until his battle with Ponce De Leon in March of 2011. Broner started off slowly in that fight but he ended up winning a disputed decision. It was actually a unanimous decision with some weird scoring as two judges had it 96-94 while the other judge was watching something else and scored it 99-91. Many people watching the fight thought it should have been scored a draw.
Broner took out Jason Litzau in his next fight in the first round and then beat Vicente Martin Rodriguez by knockout in the third round to win the WBA Super Featherweight title. He defended that title with a knockout against Eloy Perez. He then beat Vicente Escobedo but Broner did not make weight and was stripped of his Super Featherweight title. Broner next fought Antonio DeMarco for the WBC Lightweight title and Broner won by TKO in the eighth round. He defended that title with a win against Gavin Rees in early 2013.
Broner will move up two weights to fight WBA Welterweight title holder Paulie Malignaggi on Saturday, June 22nd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in a bout that can be seen on Showtime.