ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — In the immediate aftermath of his eighth-round stoppage that dethroned Antonio DeMarco as WBC lightweight titleholder Saturday on HBO, former WBO junior lightweight titletholder Adrien “The Problem” Broner was tearfully emotional in the ring.
A 23-year-old from Cincinnati, Broner improved to 25-0 (21 knockouts) with his fifth straight stoppage win, ending DeMarco’s streak of five consecutive wins since falling by ninth-round knockout to the late Venezuelan Edwin Valero (27-0, 27 KOs) last February.
Labled as being “special” by DeMarco’s promoter, Gary Shaw, Broner was also called Floyd Mayweather, Bernard Hopkins and Oscar De La Hoya all in one by De La Hoya, who also happens to be Broner’s promoter.
“For me, personally, Broner, to me, is Floyd Mayweather, Hopkins, myself, you can name them all, all wrapped into one. That’s who Broner is. You know, he can box, he can stay in front of you. He likes to fight. Hopkins is a master at what ever he wants to do. He beats you up. Mayweather will make you miss and pot-shot you. I will come at you, figure you out and do whatever–left hook straight jab,” said De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions.
“Broner is a special fighter, and he showed it tonight. He fought a guy in DeMarco who had no quit in his game, and I think that DeMarco was the best 135-pounder in the division. So what does he do now? Does he stay at 135? Does he go up to 140? He can go probably up to 154 if he wanted to. That’s how special he is. The great things about Broner is that he’ll fight anybody. It’s going to be a lot of fun to work with Broner for many years to come.”
Over rounds four through eight, Broner averaged 39 power shots landed, nearly triple the weight class average of 14. Broner landed, in succession, 52, 40, 32, and, 37 power shots in the last four rounds, choosing to wage battle from close range where he repeatedly pummeled DeMarco (28-3-1, 21 KOs).
The end came at 1:49 of the eighth, when a right uppercut by Broner drove DeMarco backward and to the canvas. Referee Benjy Esteves was about to begin the count when DeMarco’s corner stepped on the ring apron, waved a white towel and signaled the end to the fight.
In honor of breast cancer awareness, Broner wore pink gloves, trunks, shoes and robe, the latter of which bore the face of face of late trainer, Emanuel “Manny” Steward on the back.
Broner also donned a red T-shirt in the ring after the fight, the back of which read “Rest In Peace Emanuel Steward,” in honor of the Hall of Famer who died on Oct. 25 at the age of 68.
Between his interview with HBO’s Larry Merchant after the fight, as well as during the post-fight press conference, Broner’s comments were alternately humorous, pensive, confident and self-assuring.
Below is an assortment of them gathered by RingTV.com.
Adrien Broner in the ring with Larry Merchant, regarding the statement made by his victory:
“To be honest, no disrespect Larry, but I wanted to make a statement that anybody that fights Adrien Broner and has signed that contract has stepped into some doo doo they can’t get off their shoe.”
With Merchant on what’s next:
“To be honest, man, it’s up to my team, [advisor] Al Haymon, Golden Boy Promotions and R&R Promotions. You know, I really don’t care who I fight. Anybody can grab that rope to hang themselves. It’s like they’re playing hangman. They’re at the last ladder.”
During the press conference, regarding his performance:
“What can I say after a performance like that? That’s I’m good? Nah. I can’t even say that. That I’m great? Nah, I can’t even say that.
“Like I said coming into this fight, I’m an elite fighter who can make a good, great fighter look an amateur, and I think that’s what I did today.”
On the emotions of the night:
“I came into the ring smiling and dancing, and I smiled, danced and cried my way out.”
On his work ethic:
“I bust my a– every day”
“I was in against a high-level class fighter. It wasn’t time for playing. It was time to go and get this money.”
On his mentality for DeMarco:
“I came into the fight looking for war, because I know DeMarco’s a warrior and he definitely…well, he tried.”
On the magnitude of his accomplishment:
“They say that before you make something happen, you’ve got to see it yourself. I’ve been seeing it. I’ve dreamed of it, and now, I’m living the dream.”
On his future:
“This is not the last…This has just begun. The Adrien Broner, Mr. HBO Show…This is the Adrien Broner Show. Mr. HBO. Mr. Fresh, Fly and Flashy, as always, and we’re just getting started.”
On WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns:
“Burns will get burned.”
On IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez:
“Who is that?”
On the potential for facing Juan Manuel Marquez: :
“You’ve got Marquez, who is about to fight [Manny] Pacquiao. He can still make lightweight.”
On whether he is too good?
“I don’t think I looked too good. I think I looked 10-good.”
On his abilities:
“I’m not human…I’ve got God-given talent. I put in the type of work that you don’t see ordinary guys put in.”
On his status for the future:
“I am the new era of boxing. I will take over boxing. Of course, you have Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao still out there. But after that, what do you have? Oh yeah, that one guy, Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner.”
On being compared to Mayweather, Hopkins and De La Hoya:
“I’m Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner, man. That’s a great compliment. Great compliment. But all of those guys, they’ve got their own legacy.
“No disrespect to Victor Ortiz [an avid surfer,] but I don’t ride nobody’s wave. I don’t surf. So with that said, I do what I do. What Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner do.”
On what he sees in his future:
“Let me see, um, five letters…M…O…N…E…Y…a lot of it.”
On the prospect of losing:
“I don’t lose. I don’t even like to lose weight.”
“Andre Ward is amazing. Talented fighter. Alvarez is a good fighter. But at the end of the day, I’m Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner, you know? Everybody don’t have everything. I’ve got everything. Everything.
“Exciting. I can make anybody laugh. I make anybody mad at me at the same time, and I can make them laugh again. I’m me. I’m me, and there’s only one of me. I’ve got a twin [Andre] though.”
On Emanuel “Manny” Steward:
“He was a great trainer. He was a great trainer and a great fighter. Gotta pay homage. When somebody like that leaves the sport, he was like an icon.
“I always wanted him to call one of my fights, and then, my first time stepping up to championship boxing, he’s not here. So I had to support him.”
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