Adrien Broner Inks With Don King: Can He Save AB’s Career?
Via Adam Baskin: Inactive former world weight champion Adrien Broner has signed with legendary longtime promoter Don King. Broner said his goal with King as his promoter is to win world titles, unify and defend them.
The way Broner showed in his last game against Jovanie Santiago two years ago, the way he would fight for the world title was if the shot was given to him without having to be earned.
If Broner has to fight for his chance to win the title like the average boxer does, he is likely to fail miserably, especially if he continues to campaign as a heavyweight. .
It’s been many years since Broner was 33 years old (34-4-1, 24 KOs), and it will be difficult for King to resurrect AB to bring him back to being a world champion boxer. We’ll see if King can keep Broner active or if he’ll sit idly by for years without fighting and waiting and never be seen again in the ring.
Broner hasn’t looked impressive in a decade since his fifth-round knockout win over Gavin Rees in 2013, and that’s when AB played at lightweight.
He’s looked like a shadow of his former self since moving up to the welterweight division in a title matchup against then-147 lb WBA champion Paulie Malignaggi in June 2013.
Can Don King revive Broner’s career?
In a press release sent out today, it was revealed that Cincinnati native Broner had signed with King, but did not say for how many games/year. To be fair, the only way King had to refurbish Broner was to use this method:
- Keep him busy – 4 games a year
- Careful matchmaking
- Bring AB back to 130 lb . division
- A full-time coach living with AB
“I can’t wait to be back in the ring again. Win the world title and Continually defending or unifying titles is what I’m aiming for.” Adrien Broner speaks after signing with Don Kin
For the most part, boxing fans gave up on Broner years ago after he was no longer fit following a massive loss to Marcos Maidana in 2013.
Interestingly, Broner has had some stellar fights over the past eight years against Mikey Garcia, Manny Pacquiao and Shawn Porter, all of which he lost. Broner didn’t deserve any of those fights but got them anyway based on his distant past accomplishments.
Broner was recently signed to a short-term contract with BLK Prime with a supposed 12-month, three-match deal, but after several failed scheduled matches, AB parted company. It’s unclear if Broner has received anything rumored to be an eight-figure deal with them.