If there is one thing we have been able to achieve as human beings, it is creating multiple ways for people like Adrien Broner, who aren’t born into riches and luxury to find their way out of poverty and we have largely achieved this by tapping into our basic instincts and building a sport out of it.
We may have swapped our loincloths and unprocessed sheep skins for suits but we are still basic animals who won the lottery of survival and superior intelligence. Our basic thirst for violence remains, but with our intelligence, we have been able to control it and harness it to create sports like Boxing. One of the sports that require a combination of our rawest instincts and the intelligence of our mental maturity, it is one of the most popular sports on the planet and it has created a means for men like Adrien Broner, whose background have been a source of frustration to find a productive way to channel their anger into money.
Adrien’s career in boxing has lifted him and his family out of poverty, rising out of penury with each punch paid to be seen by a violence thirsty audience from around the globe. He is scheduled to fight one of the icons of modern boxing, Manny Pacquiao on January 19, 2019. In preparation for the bout, learn more about Adrien Broner’s career by reading below.
Who Is Adrien Broner?
Boxing demands aggression from those who participate in it and it was one Adrien exhibited as a child. The aggression when not properly managed can drive a person to make terrible choices like a life of crime. So it was a relief for Adrien’s mother, Dorothy Broner when he announced that he was pursuing a career in boxing when he was a teenager. It was a decision born out of an interest that had started six years after he was born on the 28th of July, 1989 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father’s name is Thomas Knight
That interest kept him focused until he became a professional boxer at the age of nineteen and has built a career that has him as the fifth best boxer in the world by The Ring magazine in 2012.
His road to pay-per-view fight with an icon like started in May 31st, 2008 after three consecutive knockout fights against Allante Davis, David Warren Huffman, and Ramon Flores in the first round.
Broner had a chance to grow his name further at the prestigious boxing venue, MGM Grand in Las Vegas and he took it. He defeated Terrance Jett in the sixth round, taking his professional record to 4-0. He continued his streak in 2008 after he was paired with Eric Roker. He won the fight with a no-contest decision and ended his first year of professional boxing with 5 wins and zero losses.
Adrien continued his winning streak, from 2008 to 2010, accumulating a record of 16-0. He won his first title in a fight against Carlos Claudio, winning the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Featherweight title after Carlos retired during the fight.
Not relenting after his first taste of a title, Adrien continued his streak, picking up several titles along the way like the WBO Super Featherweight title, Inter-Continental Super Featherweight title, WBC lightweight title and the WBA Welterweight title in 2013 which he won after a fight with Paulie Malignaggi in a split decision. At the time of this win, his record was 27-0.
His first loss in professional boxing came immediately after his win over Paulie against Marcos Maidana. He lost via unanimous decision after twelve rounds and lost his title to Marcos. Since his first loss, he has lost three times and currently has a fighting record of 33-3. He is scheduled to fight Manny Pacquaio in January for the WBA Regular Welterweight title.
Outside of boxing, he has been the subject of multiple controversies like arrests for sexual battery charge and misdemeanor battery.
Adrien’s fighting reputation has placed him among a category of boxers who are paid a lot of money to fight by companies like Showtime and HBO because of the level of viewership their fights attract. He is currently believed to be worth $3 million.
What is His Fighting Record?
His impressive professional fighting career stands at a total of 38 fights, 33 wins, winning 24 of them by knockout, 3 losses, 1 draw and 1 No contests. He fights at four different weight classes – Super featherweight, Lightweight, Light welterweight, and Welterweight. He has held the title in four of his weight classes – WBA Welterweight, WBC Lightweight, WBA Light Welterweight, and winning the WBO Junior lightweight.
Other Interesting Facts About Adrien Broner
He has starred in three documentaries, A Day in the Life, 2 Days: Adrien Broner and 2 Days: Adrien Broner Part II.