By Ryan Maquiñana
Unbeaten junior lightweight Adrien “The Problem” Broner recently went on the internet to air his grievances with the rest of the division, singling out Ricky Burns, Hank Lundy, and Eloy Perez on his personal YouTube channel with an a seven-minute, 18-second video called “adrien broner TRASH TALK.”
The talented 22-year-old from Cincinnati served notice to the boxing world with a one-round blitzing of Jason Litzau in June for the WBC USNBC junior lightweight belt following a decision win over Daniel Ponce De Leon three months before that was much closer than expected.
Since that time, he and trainer Mike Stafford have spent the last month in Colorado Springs as part of the contingent of pros summoned by USA Boxing consultant Freddie Roach to work with the American amateurs before the World Championships, which have just begun in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Now waiting for a Nov. 26 opponent in a hometown bout that will likely be televised on HBO, Broner decided to reply to fighters whom he feels have been calling him out.
“We had a mandatory fight for the WBO title,” Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) said of Scotland’s Burns (32-2, 9 KOs), who has since moved up to lightweight to face Michael Katsidis instead. “You vacated the title talking about you couldn’t make the weight no more. But you just fought four times and defended this title.
“But everyone knows boxing is a game where you can duck fighters…and I guess he felt like running away was best for his career, so I don’t blame him because you know any day he couldn’t beat me on my worst day. He could’ve came in the ring with two AK[-47]’s and two nine[millimeter]s and he still wouldn’t beat me. I hopefully he beats Katsidis and we’ll meet sometime soon down the line.”
The Cincinnati native then focused his attention on lightweight Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs), calling him a “buster” and a “punk” among other derogatory terms.
“It makes me so mad that these guys keep calling me out like this ‘Hammerin’ ’ Hank Lundy from Philly,” Broner continued. “Son. Come on son. You know you can’t beat me. I just seen you get stretched out on ESPN. ESPN. You an ESPN fighter. You just an ESPN flunkey.”
Broner referred to Lundy’s 11th-round stoppage defeat last year to John Molina Jr., which was the first loss of the Philadelphian’s career.
“You just got stretched out by John Molina on ESPN,” Broner said. “You got knocked out by a robot. No disrespect to John Molina, but you know, you got knocked out by a robot. It was hook right, good night, and that’s what it was. And you went to sleep.”
The 130-pounder also downgraded Lundy’s most recent victory over former WBC champ David Diaz last month for the NABF lightweight title.
“I congratulate you on your latest win against a 50-year-old, but who’s going to praise you for fighting a senior citizen?” Broner asked. “The man you just fought gets half off his gas. How the hell do you get half off gas? He’s that old."
"Just stop calling me out. Stop crying wolf, because when the wolf come out, then what? What are you gonna do then? You know you can’t beat me. We can fight on ‘Any Given Sunday,’ my brother. LL Cool J and Jamie Foxx. We can get it on,” he said, referring to the 1999 football film.
Broner saved the last of his vitriol for fellow Golden Boy stablemate and junior lightweight Eloy Perez (22-0-2, 6 KOs) of Salinas, Calif., who has called him out numerous times.
“Now we’re gonna skip to this bean burrito eating dude, Eloy Perez,” he said. “Come on man. Alright, for one. He’s 22-0. I respect his record. But he got six knockouts. Who are you gonna beat with six knockouts? You’re not gonna beat me. You’re not gonna beat me punching with pillows when I’m punching with bricks.
“You’re bringing pillows to a brick fight. I mean, it’s just impossible for you to beat me. You’re not faster than me. You’re not smarter than me in the ring. You’re not stronger than me in the ring and you don’t have the talent and the skills I have. I mean, come on man. Stop it. Stop it. Come to your senses, man.”
When Burns moved up to 135 pounds, negotiations for a Nov. 26 date between Broner and Perez for the vacant title fell through, and Broner gave his take on why the fight was not made.
“Golden Boy know,” said Broner, who is advised by power broker Al Haymon. “We under the same promotional company. They knew what was going on. They knew if they let you fight me that it would be the end of your career November the 26th. That would be the end of your career, because I was going to knock you out.
“I wasn’t coming for the decision. I wasn’t coming for nothing else. I was coming to knock you clean out. And everybody know that all of these guys I just named love tasting canvas.”
Broner shifted the discussion to his chin; in 21 pro fights, he has yet to be knocked down.
“Now you can check my background,” he said. “You can check my record. I ain’t never seen the floor. I never looked up and seen somebody’s feet. It’s just not gonna happen, man. Now all these guys saying they gonna beat me, [and] they think they can beat me. Stop it. That’s like saying you’re gonna kick my ass with no feet.”
He ended the video with one last parting shot.
“Whoever want to be the victim November 26, I got a rope. You can hang yourself,” Broner said. “I’m putting the rope on the line. You can hang yourself, because you’re not gonna beat me. It’s ‘The Problem.’ ”
Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing correspondent at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. He’s a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Advisory Panel. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at www.maqdown.com or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.