Adrien Broner’s career these days may be in flux, but his legacy apparently isn’t.
The multiple-weight champion from Cincinnati, Ohio, isn’t too concerned that his inconsistencies in and out of the ring will have any bearing on how he is perceived in posterity. Broner will return to the sport after a nearly two-year absence on Feb. 18 against Ivan Redkach in the main event of a BLK Prime-promoted 10-round welterweight bout in Atlanta.
“I’m not just one of the elite,” Broner told Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast. “I’m one of the greats of all times. When I’m done, I’ll be in them books forever, man. I’ve done some [things] that not too many people have done in this sport. And I’m going to do more in this sport, so keep watching.”
Broner was at one point regarded as one of the most talented and popular young boxers in American boxing, but his stock has waned in recent years due to a combination of losses in the ring and troubles he has faced outside of it. He was, for example, scheduled to fight earlier this year against Omar Figueroa in a Showtime main event, but he pulled out of the match one week out due to mental health issues. Broner also spent time in the slam last year after he violated his probation connected to an assault charge.
It also has not helped that Broner the fighter has not achieved the promise he showed when he was coming up through the ranks as one of the flagship fighters on HBO. In addition, in the toughest fights of his career, he has generally come up short, notching losses at the hands of Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter, and Manny Pacquiao. In his last outing in the ring, in 2021, Broner outpointed Jovanie Santiago via unanimous decision, but many observers felt the fight was worthy of a draw.
Despite the many travails, Broner has promised a new leaf. In October, he announced a multi-fight deal with newcomer BLK Prime, a subscription streaming platform that recently produced the Terence Crawford-Davis Avanesyan welterweight title fight that took place in Omaha, Nebraska. It was a surprising move, in part because Broner had long been associated with influential power broker Al Haymon, the founder of Premier Boxing Champions, and his broadcasting partner, Showtime.
With a new benefactor backing his career, Broner hopes to get back to his former self with a win over Redkach.
“It’s going to be very different because I’ve learned from my mistakes,” Broner said.” This time around that God gave me, you know, it’s time to change. They say you can’t be looking for change doing the same things. You gotta change things. That’s what I’m doing this time around.”
He added, “[It’s] About Boxing, About Business, but I Ain’t Bullsh!tting.”