Tommy Barber – London
Billy Nelson, the long-time trainer of Scotland’s two-weight world champion pug Ricky Burns, has claimed that his charge can beat motor-mouthed publicity machine Adrien Broner at lightweight, or even super lightweight. The two have been in talks to box before, at the super featherweight division limit, but Burns headed north, to the 135 pound pool.
Alan Dawson – London
Flashy entertainer Adrien Broner defeated Antonio DeMarco in a near one-sided manner on Saturday, November 17 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. In his debut title fight at lightweight, Broner dethroned DeMarco and claimed his WBC belt by beating the proud Mexican at his own game – slugging, however, while Antonio’s brawling style was wild, Broner’s was calculated… cerebral even, and the former champion’s face was cut up, bruised and bloodied as a result.
Official verdict: Broner by 8th Rd TKO.
The first chapter in Broner (25-0-0, 21ko) and DeMarco’s bout was not characterised by any real notable fisticuffs, but more the body language and chat each boxer had. Whenever one would land a probing punch on the other, the recipient would smile, laugh, tap their chin and goad the other on but, by the round’s end, it was Broner whose power was the more telling as DeMarco returned to his stool wearing a mouse to the side of his eye.
In round two, there was a marked difference in speed between the two combatants with Adrien’s speed of fist proving a problem for Antonio with Broner landing the straight right – a southpaw’s nemesis shot – with exceptional force. In the third, a frustrated DeMarco (28-3-1, 21ko) began to increasingly target the body. When in the centre of the ring, he’d attempt a straight left and, with Broner with his back to the ropes, he’d tuck a right hook into the ribs. Broner, though, was controlling the fight largely with the jab yet DeMarco won the third based on his activity.
Gaining self-belief from his success in the third round, DeMarco fought in an aggressive tone that belied a man bleeding from a cut sustained to the side of the eye. An inside brawl erupted midway through the stanza and the Atlantic City marveled shots that were dispatched. Broner landed uppercuts. DeMarco sent in left crosses. Broner threw right hands over the top. DeMarco recklessly brawled and Broner refused to back down, opting to stand his ground and fight behind a peek-a-boo when mid-ruckus as opposed to his trademark cross guard.
Broner picked DeMarco apart in the fifth round. Putting his punches together, Broner began asserting a confident swagger through his ability to land hard combination punches on the inside, bloodying the face of the tough Mexican and rocking his head back with a majority of his quick, powerful overhand shots. DeMarco, for all his bluster waving Broner on to him, was receiving one hell of a beatdown and returned to the stool marked, cut and had to have vaseline smeared over his brow and the enswell pressed into his swellings.
Broner boxed ferociously on the front-foot in the sixth and even though he was completely out-landing DeMarco, because of his motion, he also walked into short-range straight lefts. In the Cincinnati man’s first championship encounter in the lightweight division, it was he who was ruling the belt-holder with a fast, powerful and unforgivingly relentless fist.
The physical abuse ended in the eighth, with DeMarco down on his knees, his corner waving the white towel and the referee awarding the stoppage win to the challenger. Broner lay gloves on DeMarco from all angles… he dug punches into the body, scattered a beating all over his adversary’s face and, when celebrating his victory with his father, looked like he barely had a scratch or sweat on his face.
“If I had a choice between being a fighter and a boxer, I’d be a playboy,” exclaimed Broner post-fight to HBO‘s Larry Merchant. “When I got a game-plan and see something, I go after it. Shake ‘em, bake ‘em, cook ‘em and eat ‘em – no homo. I knew he was coming to fight. He’s a world class fighter. I knew he didn’t have the skills to beat me. I wanted to make a statement.”
That statement is clear… Broner wiped out arguably the number one guy at 135lbs and didn’t even hit top gear. Broner looked majestic, but what may be concerning for his rivals at lightweight and even junior welterweight, is that we may have not yet seen his best.
Photo Credit: Naoki Fakuda
This evening marks another evening of “The Adrien Broner Show”. That’s what the world champion boxer called his 12-round fight against Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21ko) at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The native Cincinnatian will be attempting to gain his second world title against DeMarco, this time the WBC lightweight title. It was nearly a year ago when Broner (24-0-0, 20ko) won the WBO super featherweight championship in his hometown. Since then, Broner has continued to rise to stardom now becoming a fixture in the global boxing scene and fighting in front of HBO audiences.
At the young age of 23, the future has a lot offer for Broner, and the next step is against the experienced Mexican, DeMarco. With an impressive record, DeMarco is looking to finish off his best year in the sport. It started last October when he rallied for one of the most exciting knockout finishes of 2011 over Jorge Linares to win the world title. Since then, DeMarco has won twice more, the latest being a first round stoppage over a 24-1 John Molina in September.
“DeMarco is definitely my best opponent so far on paper,” Broner said in a media conference call. “It is the biggest fight of my career thus far. I am not looking past anyone. I have to take it one fight at a time.
“I have been training very hard,” Broner continued. “I want to thank DeMarco and his team for taking the fight and coming to the U.S. to fight me. I know he is a great champion. He is ready and I am ready. It is going to be an electrifying fight and I am ready to go.”
Though the southpaw DeMarco is going to present a new challenge, Broner still believes that he will be able to show his opponent why he’s called “The Problem.”
“You are going to see a totally different Adrien Broner on Saturday night,” Broner said. I am going to be able to show more of my skills on Saturday night because DeMarco has such talent. They say if one good talent goes up against another good talent, it brings out something in the elite.
“DeMarco has fought good guys, but he hasn’t fought me.”
All Pictures: Ed Muholland/ HBO
Despite providing the main support to the Scottrade Center, Saint Louis main event – headlined by hometown favourite Devon Alexander and heavy-hitter Marcos Maidana on February 25 – Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner stole the show due to his headline-grabbing ring-walk, the undoubtedly elite-level performance he produced against a high-calibre challenger in Eloy Perez and, of course, his fight-ending knockout of the erstwhile undefeated Californian.
On The Beak – Admin
WBO super featherweight world champion Adrien Broner has the boxing world buzzing after his knockout win over Eloy Perez on Saturday, February 25 at the Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, however, there was one fighter who wasn’t so impressed: “A lot of people think I beat Broner when we fought last year,” stated former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon. “I fought him in his own weight division and he still couldn’t do anything to me.”
Broner (23-0-0, 19ko) and Ponce de Leon faced off on March 5, 2011 with Broner getting a one point advantage on two of the judge’s scorecards. ‘You need to have punching power to make Broner respect you,” he added. “I’d like to face him again in the near future. Right now I’m focused on winning the featherweight title.”
Ponce is currently making his case for a fight against WBC featherweight ruler Jhonny Gonzalez. This, having slayed Omar Estrella by way of sixth round ko.
“Ponce de Leon versus Jhonny Gonzalez would be fight of the year material. There’s no doubt in my mind,” said Ponce de Leon’s manager Frank Espinoza Sr. “They have eighty knockouts between them. It’s the kind of match up that makes boxing fans out of every day sports fans. We’re looking to make it happen before the end of the year.”
Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner (22-0-0, 18ko) makes the first defense of his WBO super featherweight world championship title at the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis on February 25 and has already talked down the talents of his opponent, Eloy Perez (23-0-2, 7ko): “He’s a feather-fisted puncher in the featherweight division… not a good combination against me who punches like a middleweight,” he said this week.
Alan Dawson – London
Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner became America’s latest world champion by claiming the vacant WBO super featherweight world championship by dropping and knocking out Vicente Martin Rodriguez in the third round of their dust-up at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, November 26. Broner, at just 22-years-old, showed a strong skill-set and already looks a formidable titlist at 126lbs.
Judges verdict: N/a.
With an entourage befitting of a keynote speaker at a hip-hop convention, Adrien Broner made his way to the ring with a typical bounce in his stride. Prior to mounting the ropes in order to gain access to the squared circle, he began dancing an elaborate street jig which livened up his home-town fans.
His opponent, Vicente Martin Rodriguez, boxed like he wanted to take the fight to the fan favourite. Broner, though, showed great technical aptitude, fast hands, accuracy and, when he rolled his lead left shoulder as Rodriguez stepped inside, the right uppercut became a natural weapon. Broner was precise with his punch output and his shot selection was wise as he tagged Rodriguez with hooks.
Boxing laterally in the second round, Broner popped his orthodox jab out, controlled the tempo of the contest and began putting his punches together as he flurried at will, fighting his style of fight. Rodriguez had a natural tendency to apply pressure. When he wasn’t throwing fists, he was keeping his forearms high in order to provide a strong shield.
The first minute of the third round was wild. Rodriguez upped his aggression at the start of the stanza, backing Broner onto the ropes but giving him few problems despite the sheer amount of shots he was unleashing. Rodriguez attempted to attack the head and body but Broner showed intuitive upper body and head movement to veer away from the upstairs attention, whilst also catching or parrying punches with his mitts, forearms or shoulder.
Rodriguez’s aggression caused his comeuppance. Broner boxed his way out of trouble and stole the momentum. He crunched right uppercuts onto Rodriguez’s chin, powered left hooks into the Argentine’s temple and sent thumping right hands over the top. The knockout punch, though, was a jaw-denting left and it had such force that it pushed Rodriguez through the bottom rope with blood smeared over his nose and mouth.
The way Broner retained a defensive strategy that frustrated Rodriguez when he was against the ropes, rolled his shoulder, the way he did not waste his own shots, thanked God and Al Haymon in his post-fight interview, combined with his cut, muscle clad body, was all very reminiscent of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The third round knockout win was a solid one for Broner. With the victory, he preserved his undefeated status, rose to 22-0-0, 18ko, gained the vacant WBO super featherweight world championship and began a world title journey that pugilistic predecessors – Cincinnati pair Aaron Pryor and Ezzard Charles – had trodden before him.
In defeat, Rodriguez dropped to 34-3-1, 19ko.
Tommy Barber – London
WBO super featherweight world champion Ricky Burns has clarified his stance on the Adrien Broner situation. The tough Scotsman has confirmed that he has had talks with promoter Frank Warren and members of his own team who are keen on him moving up to campaign at lightweight, however, Rickster stressed that his preference is to not be seen to duck anybody and to box a big fight in US – he would be able to satisfy both of those by taking on Broner in November.
“I make lightweight easy and, if the move were to happen, then I could bulk up a bit and I’d be a lot stronger but for now I am perfectly happy at super featherweight,” Burns explained to Seconds Out.
Burns (32-2-0, 9ko) has made three successful defences of his world championship. He decisioned Andreas Evenson in December last year, before knocking out both little-known Joseph Laryea and Nicky Cook, who ensured Burns picked up the easiest first round stoppage he’ll ever see as Cook failed to defend himself properly due to injury.
“We are still talking to Broner’s camp at the moment,” said Burns, a 28-year-old from Coatbridge. “My team is keeping the options open for me and big fights at lightweight have also been mentioned. Hopefully, over the next few days, this should all be sorted out.”
Possible fights at 135lbs (9 stones 9) could include a battle of Britain against Cockney prizefighter Kevin Mitchell, or game Australian, Michael Katsidis, who now operates at super lightweight. Burns stated: “Kevin Mitchell and Michael Katsidis have been mentioned. They are both big fights and I would be up for either one of them but it depends what title is on the line. If it was for the WBO lightweight title [if it was made vacant], or even the interim, then I would fight either of these guys.”
There was an element of ambiguity over the November 26 date for Burns’ test against Broner at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. It appeared confirmed, however, within days, there was mention that Burns was being maneuvered away from Broner, away from super featherweight and through to lightweight. Burns has claimed that nothing was ever signed with Broner’s people; Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
“Broner’s team spoke to Frank Warren, and then decided to announce a date, without confirming anything with us [but] my preference is to go over to America and fight Broner. It’s a bigger fight and it gets my name out there. If I go over to the States, do a job on him, then it sets me up for even bigger fights down the road, so what more could I ask for? I’ve always said that I would love to see my name up in lights, in Las Vegas, and that is still an option for me,” said Burns.
“Broner is a great fighter and I have said repeatedly that I would never duck anyone in my career because I want the big fights. When you look at the top ten, these are the guys that I’m meant to be up against. Although I’ve taken some stick for recent title defences, people need to realise, none of them were my choice. Having said that my mandatory is Adrien Broner and that is a fight I am really up for.”
Tommy Barber – London
The super featherweight showdown between well-ranked undefeated American contender Adrien Broner and reigning WBO champion Ricky Burns – that was initially slated for November – may be pulled permanently as making weight at 130lbs has become a problem for Burns, according to the Scotsman’s manager Alex Morrison. Burns is instead being advised that he should vacate his world title and move to lightweight.
“My worry is Ricky making the weight,” Morrison confirmed to BBC Scotland.
Burns, though, has been longing for a real test at super featherweight. Since defeating erstwhile number one in the division, “Rocky” Roman Martinez in order to claim the WBO belt, Burns has made three successful defences but neither one has been against formidable opposition.
Broner is one of the most challenging opponents in the 130lb weight class – he has a boxing style that is said to mirror fellow unbeaten accolade magnet Floyd Mayweather Jr and has an accumulative punch power that can beat the spirit out of opponents swiftly [see: Jason Litzau].
Earlier in the summer, Burns (32-2-0, 9ko) met with promoter Frank Warren to iterate his ambition of taking on the division’s best, with Mzonke Fana mooted as a potential adversary as it would be a bout that would have the prestigious The Ring magazine belt on the line. Fana, though, had been stripped of his IBF title and Warren explored the option of matching Burns with Broner (21-0-0, 17ko).
Morrison continued: “It gets more difficult for fighters to keep making the 9st, 4lbs (130lbs) mark as they get older. Ricky is now 28 and it was always the plan for him to move up to lightweight. I’ve spoken to Warren about my concerns and he agrees with me. Money isn’t everything.”
On the November fight, tentatively scheduled to take place in Broner’s backyard of Cincinnati, he said: “Nothing is signed or sealed but I am advising him against the fight. Ricky is on the verge of taking my advice and saying no. I would like him to relinquish the belt and move up to win a second world title.”
Tommy Barber – London
Scottish super featherweight Ricky Burns, 28, faces the most arduous examination of his championship reign as he takes on undefeated ‘Floyd Mayweather Jr clone’ Adrien “The Problem” Broner (21-0-0, 17ko) in the challenger’s backyard, the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, November 26, however, WBO belt holder Burns foresees a successful return to Britain as he intends on negating Broner’s advantages with his “high-intensity” boxing.
“Broner is a good counter puncher with an impressive knockout ratio and he is always looking to throw his big left hook,” said Burns to The Scotsman of the American prodigy.
The November dust-up pits two top five On The Beak rated prizefighters at 130lbs against each other. OTB number five ranked Broner is enjoying a phenom-like 2011 having already decisioned Daniel Ponce de Leon and knocking out Jason Litzau in sensational fashion in the first round.
OTB number two Burns, meanwhile, has succeeded in two underwhelming defences of his world title having retired obscure Ghanaian adversary Joseph Laryea in the seventh round before capitalising on an injury-ravaged Nicky Cook to score an opening stanza knockout in July. This, after a 2010 defence against the relatively untested and inexperienced Andreas Evensen.
Burns’ greatest triumph to date was his WBO scoop in September, last year, when, as the underdog, he rose from the deck in the first round to convincingly decision the erstwhile undefeated “Rocky” Roman Martinez; a highly-touted Puerto Rican.
The Coatbridge fighter regards Broner’s bout against Ponce de Leon to be a fortuitous one as “he was rather lucky to get the verdict”. Burns (32-2-0, 9ko) continued: “When I watched him fight Daniel Ponce de Leon I got the impression that he is a Floyd Mayweather type of fighter [but] with my high-intensity boxing, I can definitely cause him some problems.”
Burns will receive a guaranteed purse of £200,000 ($325,000) for the away scrap.