SAN ANTONIO — Having been floored twice, his nose bloodied and dethroned as WBA welterweight beltholder by Marcos Maidana following a unanimous decision at The Alamodome, a dejected Adrien “The Problem” Broner left the ring without being interviewed by Showtime.
Later, however, Broner (27-1, 22 knockouts) did sit down with Showtime’s Barry Tompkins in the locker room to address the loss to Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs), and below is what he said.
On how he the loss affected him:
“I will never put myself above nobody, but I’m still young, fly and flashy and I’m rich, and I’m still in the game of boxing, so what’s happening?”
“I’m not here to make any excuses. I’m in a dangerous sport, and I fought to the end. Like I say, some fans hate me, some love me. But if you hate me, you gotta love me because I fought to the end.
“But you know, we’re not going to sit in sorrow. We’re going to live tomorrow like we won the fight…I can still go on and say that I was a three-time world champion. I still am a three-time world champion in three different weight classes.”
On the mark of a champion being the ability to rebound from a loss:
“I’m not going to agree with that. You don’t have to lose nothing to find out how good you are. So, all I can do is go back to the drawing board, and do what I do best, and that’s to come back and train my ass off. I want to thank everybody who watched the fight or came to the fight, and I will be back.”
On the early affect of the second-round knockdown:
“I’m okay. Things happen. Like I said, he fought a helluva a fight, and he was the better man tonight. But guess what? We can rematch at any time. I will fight him my next fight. I don’t need a warm up fight. I will fight him in my next fight.”
On his general accomplishments:
“I’m still a champion in three different weight classes. Tonight, Maidana was just the better man. But we fought a helluva fight, and I hope that the fans got what they deserved. We’re still going to live like we won the fight.”
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