Adrien Broner facing Devin Haney at super-lightweight has become an attractive option for the coming months.
Broner’s intent to hit 140 pounds against Omar Figueroa and Haney’s likeliness to move up in weight after a George Kambosos Jr. rematch both mean the fight has legs.
The pair have a history and could do well on Pay Pay View. Plus, they’ve called each other out in the past.
However, Broner has had a multitude of problems outside the ring, living up to his nickname.
Now, ten weeks into a training camp, he is no longer a ‘Problem.’ That’s if you believe the man himself.
“Keep training your a** off, Omar. I’m training my a** off too. We’ll give everyone a great performance on August 20.
“I’m really excited to be back in the ring. It’s been a long camp, and I’m ready to fight. It feels great to be back.
“I’ve been training so hard, and somebody’s got to pay for it.”
Broner cautiously added what could follow Figueroa, “The goal right now is to beat Omar Figueroa Jr.
“Then I’m going to the drawing board from there. There are a lot of big fights that I can make. First, I have to be successful on August 20.
The multi-weight champion has said this before, though, and then gone off the rails again.
It happened last time ahead of a touted clash with Ivan Redkach. Speaking to Brian Custer on The Last Stand, Broner was still saying the right things after his loss to Manny Pacquiao.
During the conversation, Broner chatted about his mental health, a recent trip to jail, his big comeback, his next opponent, and how his time off has changed him.
“I do more thinking before I do things now; at first, it was just like on the go. Whatever, I just never thought about it, I just did it, and that somewhat got me in certain situations, but now I try to think about things and try to do things the right way,” Broner told Custer.
Devin Haney option
Tellingly, Broner also admitted to Custer that he doesn’t need to fight Devin Haney. He also addressed his stunning ten-million-dollar demand to Al Haymon and Showtime.
Asked whether trading blows with Devin Haney could be in the future, Broner replied: “I don’t need Devin Haney. Devin Haney needs Adrien Broner.
“Let’s be honest, what do I get knocking out Devin Haney? – Nothing! Everyone will be like he’s supposed to do that he’s bigger, faster, stronger.
“Broner just did what he’s supposed to do. I’ve got everything to lose against a Devin Haney. I’ve got nothing to win from that.”
Adrien Broner’s title window is closing
As he pushes into his 30s, the fighter who seems to have been around forever is fully aware time is short.
“I understand I only got one window, and my window is closing,” he pointed out. “I’m still young. But I know that my window is closing.
“I’ve done a lot of things early in my career. But now is the time to make the most lucrative decisions. That’s all I’m doing at this point.”
A win over Figueroa not only unlatches a Haney fight. Another solid option is facing the returning Teofimo Lopez.