Adrien Broner apparently has not lost his mojo.
The brash, multi-division champion from Cincinnati is set to return to the ring after nearly two years on Feb. 25 against Ivan Redkach in a welterweight bout in Atlanta. After that, according to Broner, he will move down to 140 to not only compete in that division but collect every single belt. Broner has not fought at the 140-pound mark since 2017, when he lost to Mikey Garcia by unanimous decision.
“Man, I don’t think y’all understand what I’m telling ya,” Broner said on the Porter Way Podcast. “My next fight is Redkach. I will be champion in my next two fights … [at] ’40.”
“First, I want Regis, of course,” Broner continued, referring to the WBC champion Regis Prograis. “Get him on out the way. Then knock them all out. I gotta be undisputed before I’m done with this sh!t.”
Broner, who has never lacked for confidence, has seemingly been in a good mood lately, thanks, no doubt, to a lucrative multi-fight deal he signed with a subscription streaming service called BLK Prime, a newcomer to boxing. The move brought about an end to his long partnership with Premier Boxing Champions. BLK Prime made a splash earlier this month when it staged the welterweight title bout between champion Terence Crawford and Davis Avanesyan.
In addition to Prograis, the 140-pound division boasts WBO champion Josh Taylor and WBA champion Albert Puello. The IBF title is vacant. Prograis earned the WBC title with a 11th-round stoppage over Jose Zepeda last month in Los Angeles. Prograis himself has expressed interest in a matchup with Broner as well.
The 33-year-old Broner (34-4-1, 24 KOs) has generally not lived up to his name, coming up short in all of his biggest fights, including those with Shawn Porter and Manny Pacquiao. He has also repeatedly run into trouble outside the ring over the years. Earlier this year, he pulled out of a scheduled fight with Omar Figueroa in what was supposed to be the main event of a Showtime-televised card, citing mental health issues.
All that is now behind him now, the fighter insists.
“Cuttin’ out and weedin’ out a lot of the things you really don’t need,” Broner said of his renewed focus on boxing. “…When you get to this type of level, you let so much things ride on even though it’s really not good for you. What I did, I said 'f--- everything.' This time around it’s strictly about me and my family and that’s the way I’m going at it and everything be going great.”