Outspoken American Adrien Broner is back for the first time in almost a year next month, having decided somewhat surprisingly, to continue his run at the super-lightweight limit.
The 27 year-old picked up the vacant world title in 2015 before being stripped for not making weight against Ashley Theophane six months later. It was then assumed Broner would move up to welterweight, but not so.
Broner is facing former sparring partner Adrian Granados on February 18 in his hometown of Cincinnati at 140 pounds and ‘The Problem’ is ready to show the world he can follow the mantle of mentor Floyd Mayweather and keep himself out of trouble on the back of some public misdemeanors.
“I know that I have what it takes to take over boxing. To do that I need to focus 100 percent on boxing and crafting my skills. That’s my mindset and that’s what I’m focused on,” said Broner.
“I’m here to do less talking, and more fighting and smiling. I’m going to put on a great show on February 18. It’s all about putting on great performances and winning.
“I go into every fight with the confidence to be myself. If I do what I have to do, I can be victorious. Granados is coming to fight. I have to be focused because he won’t lay down.
“It’s just about me doing better. It’s about changing for the better and being as positive as can be. I’m not bringing negativity to anything I do.
“I won’t have any distractions fighting at home. I know how to block everything out and stay focused on what’s in front of me.
“I’ve been on the downside and the upside of boxing, but my name has made it through. I’m not going to take my talent for granted and I’m going to change for the better.
“It’s great to have Floyd and Mayweather Promotions involved in this event. Floyd has always supported me and I owe him a lot. He’s really been a mentor to me. He’s helped me stay level-headed throughout everything.”