Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) sounded like his old self on Thursday at his final press conference for his headliner fight against Javnie Santiago on Saturday night on Showtime.
Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs) says he’s gotten serious about his career, and with his newfound dedication, he’ll be taking the sport over.
Only 31, the former four-division world champion Broner says he’ll be capturing many world titles in different divisions, and he says he’ll be dominating as he used to during his best years.
First things first, Broner will need to defeat the upset-minded Santiago (14-0-1, 10 KOs) this Saturday in their 12-round bout at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Broner hasn’t fought in two years since his lopsided 12 round unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao in March 2019. Adrien looked like a gunshy shell of his former self in that fight and was no match for Pacquiao.
If Broner wins on Saturday night, it’ll be his first official victory since his controversial win over Adrian Granados in 2017.
Broner ready to take over the sport again
“I had to get serious and take back over the sport,” said Broner during Thursday’s news conference.
“Once the bell rings, it’ll be time to get straight to business, and it’ll be time for me to whoop somebody’s a**.
“I feel like I’m going to be world champion again, and again, and again and again.
“Yes, I took two years off from boxing and let my body heal and rest, but I feel I’ve got what it takes to win world championships in different weight classes, and that’s what I’m going to do,” said Broner.
Adrien should win this fight without any problems on Saturday night because his opponent Santiago, 31, isn’t a contender. He’s a replacement opponent dug up for Broner to face in a showcase-level fight.
But given that this isn’t supposed to be a competitive fight on paper, it’s even more important that Broner look good in winning because he’s got to convince fans that he’s turned his career around.
Broner had years to try and start winning again, but he’s failed to do it. Why should things be any different now with him coming off a two-year layoff and undergone a huge weight transformation?
Adrien convinced he’ll be winning titles
“I don’t know how he feels, but I’m willing to die,” said Broner. “Of course, ” said Adrien when asked if it’s possible for him to begin winning world titles as he used to when he was younger.
“I think this is going to be a great start. I don’t want no easy way outs. I could have taken a bum, but I’m not doing that. I love competition,” said Broner.
If Broner captures another world title, he’ll need to go after WBA secondary light-welterweight champion Mario Barrios or WBA Gold champ Ismael Barroso. Facing Josh Taylor or Jose Ramirez might end badly for Broner.