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 Last update:  7/23/2011       Read more by Mike Coppinger         
   
Adrien Broner: Anyone I Touch Solid is Going Down
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By Mike Coppinger

Highly-touted junior lightweight prospect Adrien “The Problem” Broner was criticized after a lackluster win over Daniel Ponce De Leon in March, his HBO debut. Broner didn’t engage De Leon much in the match, even though he seemed to have his way with the Mexican every time he pressed the action.

The talented boxer-puncher’s next bout was also on HBO, much to the dismay of critics who felt Broner didn’t deserve to be back on the network so quickly, against Jason Litzau. And with just one round, Broner quieted the doubters, stopping Litzau in impressive fashion in the opening stanza.

“A lot of people that criticized me, 85 percent of them never threw a punch in the ring in their life and never even had a street fight,” said the brash Broner. “You can’t listen to the critics, you just gotta go in there and do what you gotta do to get the victory, and that’s what I did.”

Broner (21-0, 16 KOs) certainly isn’t one to lack confidence, fully aware of the power he possesses in both hands.

“Going into any fight, it doesn’t matter who’s in front of me, anybody that I touch with a solid punch is gonna be hurt or either go down, so I’m just very confident in myself and I believe in myself,” said the Al Haymon-advised Broner. “That’s how I go in the ring and fight.”

Broner is currently in Colorado Springs, Colo., helping fellow Cincinnati fighter Rau’shee Warren and other Team USA hopefuls prepare for the upcoming Olympic Trials. Broner is of course also training for his next bout, which he says will take place “hopefully at the end of August, beginning of September.”

How much longer Broner will stay in the barren junior lightweight weight class remains to be seen, with richer bouts awaiting him at 135.

“A lot of people saying there’s nobody else at ’30 for me to fight, but we’re gonna take our time,” said Broner. “I’m only 21, I got a lot to learn in this game, I’m still learning. When the time comes and the situation is right, we’re gonna make that step.”

Mike Coppinger is a regular boxing freelancer for USA TODAY and Ring Magazine. He’s a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, the Ring Ratings Advisory Panel and the Yahoo! Sports Boxing Panel. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger.

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comment by sicko, on 07-24-2011
[QUOTE=mathed]Broner is decent but I think he will get schooled if he steps up in comp...he isn't elite[/QUOTE] AGAIN...HE IS 21 Years Old...OF COURSE HE IS NOT ELITE...YET! He is saying that he is taking it slow and has a lot to learn...but he is off to a great start IMO and will only get ...

comment by mathed, on 07-24-2011
Broner is decent but I think he will get schooled if he steps up in comp...he isn't elite

comment by sicko, on 07-24-2011
Hating on Broner is not going to take away his talents, he is 21 years old and has a great future in boxing no matter if you like him or not it is really not need to rush, at his age he has stepped in with some pretty good competition already and it is still VERY EARLY IN HIS CAREER so I don't...

comment by B.U.R.N.E.R, on 07-24-2011
Kid is a beast. Love him or hate him. He really is a problem.

comment by richardt, on 07-24-2011
Every time you hear about a boxer who thinks they can knock everyone out - they are close to being knocked out themselves. I can name many examples. There are always going to be guys you can hit with your best shot and nothing will happen. Would love to see arrogant prick Broner get schooled,

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