A 6-year-old Adrien “The Problem” Broner is shown engaging in backyard boxing bouts, many of which were against his twin brother Andre, in an episode of Showtime’s two-part series of All-Access: Broner vs Maidana, the first of which will air at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on Saturday prior to the broadcast of the welterweight fight between Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. ET.
Welterweight contender Marcos Maidana will challenge Broner, the WBA 147-pound beltholder, on Dec. 14 on Showtime at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
In a video shot in April of 1996, a gloved Broner is shown swapping blows with another, slightly larger boy.
“My family, they’ve been putting the boxing gloves on me since I was about 4 years old,” said Broner, who turned 24 in July, nearly a month after having dethroned Malignaggi as WBA beltholder by split-decision in his 147-pound debut in June. “No kids in the neighborhood could beat us, so they didn’t want to box us. So we would always have to box older and bigger guys.”
In May of 1996, a shirtless Broner’s gloved right hand is raised, triumphantly, by his father, Thomas Knight, who was determined to provide his sons with a tough education in the school of hard knocks.
Broner was often paired with his twin brother.
“They put the gloves on me,” said Andre Broner, “and they put the gloves on my twin, and me and him would fight.”
A 30-year-old puncher from Argentina, Maidana (34-3, 31 knockouts) will be after his fourth straight stoppage victory at The Alamodome in San Antonio against Broner.
“I’m still the same as when I was a kid,” said Broner. “Come on, you want to box? I’m gonna beat your ass.”
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