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Richard Schaefer: Adrien Broner is the emerging superstar

Phil Jay 24/07/2012

Richard Schaefer has laid praise on fledgling lightweight star Adrien Broner in the wake of the former WBO super-featherweight champion embarking on conquering his second weight-class in the coming months.

The 22 year-old, who is undefeated in 24 contests, dominated Vicente Escobedo at the weekend to score his 20th career knockout and is now ready to seek out another world belt at the 135lb limit.

Many are touting the youngster as the next pound for pound star of boxing with his defensive style, which mimics that of current box office king Floyd Mayweather, and Schaefer sees Broner as potentially one of the pay-per-view stars of the future.

“Broner is an emerging superstar,” Schaefer told World Boxing News.

“He talks the talk and walks the walk. He is without doubt one of the best talents we have seen in boxing for a long time and one of the most charismatic fighters.

“He evokes emotions in people – you either love him or hate him. Only one other fighter can evoke the same emotions in people and that is Floyd Mayweather.”

‘The Problem’ is set to be placed at the top of the lightweight rankings after outgrowing the 130lb division following an eight-month reign and according to Schaefer, has his eye on winning a second WBO title.

“Adrien Broner would fight (WBO lightweight champion) Ricky Burns anytime,” said Schaefer, alluring to the fact that the two fighters were scheduled to meet when the American claimed the title and could now be destined to meet at 135lbs.