By Sam Geraci
“I don’t know about you all, but I want to have sex.”
Aside from Adrien Broner’s declaration of his plans immediately following the post-fight press conference, much like his bout with Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KOs) in which Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) was more than a 30-1 favorite by some, nothing addressed in the post-fight press conference should have come as much of a surprise to those who have followed Broner’s career.
“The kid was good. I felt like he would beat a couple of fighters,” said Broner. “I’m just at another level. He was tougher than a steak that was cooked too long.”
Although Rees, who did not attend the post-fight press conference, tried to put up a fight for the first two rounds, like each of Broner’s opponent since his controversial unanimous decision over current WBC 126 pound champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs) in March of 2011, Broner simply overpowered and outclassed Rees.
“You got a young, fresh, fly, flashy, young African American on top,” said Broner. “[There are] high expectations for me to really take over boxing after Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao hang up their gloves.”
Although reporters did not ask Broner for his take on the Mayweather comparisons, they did repeatedly press Broner’s lifelong trainer, Mike Stafford, for his take.
“Let Floyd be great in his era and let Adrien be great in his era. That’s two different divisions. Adrien is a lightweight (135 pounds); Floyd is a welterweight (147 pounds),” said Stafford.
Despite Stafford’s statements on Broner being a lightweight and the fact that Broner was able to make lightweight while holding a can of Sprite, reporters and even Broner himself indicated that a move to junior welterweight (140 pounds) might be necessary.
“I make weight so comfortable. I’m sorry to say, but I’m a legal bank robber; I just robbed the bank tonight.” Broner said. “How long at lightweight: As long as HBO keeps paying me to fight these lightweights. I ain’t never been on the farm, but I’m milking the cow real good.”
Even though Broner repeatedly stated that he does not care who he fights and that he does not pick his opponents, Broner expressed that he was “pulling for” Ricky Burns to win so that the fight could be made because he truly believes that Burns wants the fight. Early in the conference, Stafford echoed Broner’s views when he expressed that Broner’s team was interested in Burns and in unifying the lightweight division.
“We’re really looking forward to moving on and maybe unifying the lightweight division,” said Stafford.
When asked about other potential opponents, including junior welterweights Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KOs) and Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KOs), Broner emphasized that he would fight anyone and that they would be easy money. The only fighter that Broner dismissed was Yuriokis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KOs).
“Yuriokis Gamboa is fighting PEDs. I don’t want to hear about Yuriokis Gamboa,” said Broner. “Tell him to get his piss clean and then he can come talk to Adrien Broner. Other than that, he’s done.”
Although Broner may have come across as overly brash at times during the conference, toward the end of it, when presented with a question about his relationship with Stafford, Broner’s voice quieted a little and he allowed those present to get a glimpse of another side of this multidimensional fighter.
“It means a lot to me: a guy who seen something in a kid when I first came to the gym and been by my side the whole time throughout ups and downs,” Broner said. “Cuss me out; give me whoopins; buy me clothes; buy me shoes. I love that guy.”
Whoever Broner fights next, whether it is a relatively unknown top-ten type fighter at 135 pounds like Rees or a top big name fighter like Amir Khan or Brandon Rios at 140 pounds, boxing fans and major media outlets will continue to tune in to see Broner work towards distinguishing himself as one of the best fighters in the ring. If they continue to observe him outside of the ring, they should also take note of him continuing to position himself as the heir to Mayweather’s throne as the sport’s most popular name in the US.