In a recent Q & A, experienced coach Kevin Cunningham discussed how his link-up with Adrien Broner came about along with his plans to improve the four-weight world title holder.
Cunnigham takes the reigns for a must-win battle with Jessie Vargas this weekend and went over several points before the imminent battle.
Here’s what he had to say:
On Broner’s shortcomings as a fighter…
“I think sometimes, he could be a little more focused and have a little more discipline in a lot of the different things he’s doing.
“I think he’s trying to turn the corner and get things moving in the right direction.”
On what caused Broner to come up short in recent big fights at higher weights…
“There are several things that could cause him to lose focus and come up a little short in some of the major fights.
“Some of it is the focus but there needs to be a little more discipline in terms of the training aspect and more structure. I think that’s what we’re working on here.”
On what he can do to improve Broner’s game…
“I think coming over here with me, he’s finding a lot more structure in the training aspect.
“It’s a totally different training program that I have him doing. I think that he’s ready for some new leadership. He’s ready to be a little more disciplined in his profession and I think it’s going to show on the 21st.”
On how he and Broner came together…
“A couple of weeks after the Mikey Garcia fight, he called me and he told me he was thinking about making some changes and that he wanted me to consider being his guide and taking the lead as head trainer.
“He asked me what I thought about that and I said, ‘You know what you’re getting when you come to me and if you’re going to be serious and focused about this, I’ll give you all I’ve got.’ And he said, ‘I’m serious.’
“We started training together before camp started and I just saw a different look in his eyes. Ever since camp started he’s been nothing but hard work, dedication, and focus.”