SPECIAL REPORTING FROM ERIC KELLY
It was a side of Adrien Broner you don’t hear very much of–he was heartfelt in telling his crew that he “went to hell and back” trying to make weight.
“This is my last fight at 140,” he said, while NYF and VICE correspondent Eric Kelly assessed the post-fight scene after the Cincy boxer scored a stop over Ashley Theophane in DC, on Friday night.
“He’s going up to 47 and he wants Floyd,” Kelly tells us. “I think it CAN be good but he has lots of obstacles there. Tough ones. Last night wasn’t enough to show me that he could get his 5th world title in a 5th division. Him and Shawn Porter have unfinished business but I would have a tune-up before that fight. Maybe like a Luis Collazo if he could be brought out of retirement for $100K.”
Say what you want about Broner, he wears his heart on his sleeve. I like the kid. Not because I’ve been knowing him for over 10 years but because what you see is what you get. No matter what he goes through and how the cards are stacked, he always manages to emerge. As much as much of boxing hates Broner, the simple truth is that boxing needs Broner. He’s talented, he’s young, decent fighter, and he keeps you on your toes; he keeps us talking. Even the casual boxing fans are familiar with the name Adrien Broner and boxing NEEDS that. Be it ESPN, Spike, VH1, or TMZ, Adrien Broner will find himself atop the platform and that’s going to keep our pugilistic art in the eyes and ears of the masses. Last night, Broner was in against a C+ fighter named Ashley Theophane who has clearly seen better days. Ashley put forward a gutsy performance but it was the combination of power shots to the body and head that kept Theophane hunched over the ropes and literally taking a beating from pillar to post. Granted, Theophane was able to put some good combinations together and touch Broner with some good hooks (similar to Maidana) but he was never able to get Broner’s respect and ultimately, he took a beating, it was written all over his face. Let’s see where Ashley goes from here. I recommend curtains…”
Here’s a final word of warning from EK to AB:
“Please stay away from Errol Spence if you are Broner!”