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Broner: I’ll Torture Theophane For a Highlight-Reel Performance

by David P. Greisman

In one breath, Adrien Broner countered those who say he handpicked Ashley Theophane as an opponent for the first defense of his junior-welterweight title because he knows Theophane isn’t on his level.

“A lot of people, they probably think I’m just picking these fighters or picking on fighters. I know Ashley Theophane is going to come to fight because he got something to prove. He gonna try to come take my world title. I know he going to come to fight,” Broner said at a Feb. 29 press conference ahead of their April 1 fight at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C., airing live on Spike TV.

But it doesn’t take too long for Broner to say he’ll do to Theophane exactly what those who criticized the match-up expect to happen.

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“There’s a difference between getting on the podium and saying you gonna do this, you gonna do that. But this training camp, I really been perfecting my craft. I’m telling you this is going to be the best performance of my career. We talking about, like, highlight-reel performance,” Broner said. “I ain’t coming just to get a win, as my last fight I was getting into a groove. I finally stopped a motherfucker again. Coming up in my career, that’s what I used to do all the time. Just to get that feeling again. I want to keep feeling that feeling.” 

Broner’s 12th-round stoppage of Khabib Allakhverdiev last October was his first win within the distance since a February 2013 technical knockout of Gavin Rees. Broner-Rees ended in the fifth. Broner says the bout with Theophane won’t even last that long.

“This fight ain’t going four rounds. That’s probably too much,” he said. “Nine minutes too much. Jut like a virgin’s first time, this going to be quick. It don’t matter what Floyd can’t teach him or tell him, because at the end of the day Ashley gotta fight me. Everything go out the window. The trainers can’t help. The entourage can’t help. At the end of the day, they can’t help this man. I’m going to torture this guy. For real. I’m putting hands on this boy.”

Pick up a copy of David’s book, “Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing,” at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsamazon or internationally at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsworldwide. Send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

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Comment by robbyheartbaby on 03-03-2016

I like Broner he just makes me laugh, he talks s*** with this aloofness and innocence that makes me not hate him like you would hate other boxers who talk smack. Theophane I am telling you is definitely not elite…

Comment by MrClutch85 on 03-03-2016

Montes put Ashley down Cano had him hurt a couple of times.Broner has the power to stop him

Comment by BreWall on 03-03-2016

Broner's fights should always be on cable tv. His wild antics is his major selling point. Antics PBC is restricted in showing.

Comment by 1bad65 on 03-03-2016

[QUOTE=SeekDaGreat;16511245]There's nothing wrong with talking trash, and being whipped. It comes with the territory. Right?[/QUOTE] Not for everyone, including the two guys I cited.

Comment by SeekDaGreat on 03-03-2016

[QUOTE=1bad65;16511223]I never get guys like Broner who talk mad trash, but have been whipped in the past. I can understand undefeated guys like Fury and Floyd doing it, as they were never beat. But after a guy gets whipped after…

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