They say in the sport of boxing there aren’t any characters. The modern day stars are controlled by multi-million dollar sponsorship deals and overprotective management. They say the sport of boxing is a dying breed and destined to fail do to the popularity of Mixed Martial Arts. I fail to buy into that with athletes in the sport today with the caliber of one undefeated Adrien “The Problem” Broner. Born on July 28, 1989 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Adrien Broner has been in the sport of boxing since day one thanks to the support of his loving mother and father. Adrien Broner is quickly on his way to super stardom. With a successful amateur career which consisted of over 300 fights, a undefeated professional record 23-0 with 19 KO’s, and the personality needed today in the sport of boxing. Either you instantly become a fan or you hate the guy due to his cockiness and swagger exhibited pre-fight, during the fight, and post fight!! Whether its dancing on his way to the ring, show boating against his opponent, or after the fight refusing to speak to a interviewer until his hair is brushed and up to par. One thing that can be agreed on is hate him or love him you will continue to watch him and you will learn to respect “THE PROBLEM”!!
So let’s start off by letting the people know where are you from? Cincinnati, Ohio and I LOVE my city more then words can explain.
Before we get into the boxing part of the interview. You are known for having a guy in your camp brush your hair after every fight to make sure you look right for the camera. Did he have to apply for that position? HAHA It’s my pops that brushes my hair and I guess you can say his experience came from raising me with my mom.
Man that is great to hear. It must feel wonderful to be able to do what you love in life and have the support of your family every step of the way. Has your family had much of an influence on your career as a boxer? Yes ALOTTTT!!
For those that may not know you have over 300 amateur fights before turning pro. How important was it for you to have such a successful amateur career and when did you realize you were going to be a force in the sport of boxing in the future or what you would say “The Problem”? My amateur background is very important to me. That is where I learned that I could be a World Champion and here I am today!!
How many years total have you been in the sport of boxing? I started training at the age of 6 in 1994 and started competing two years later.
What got you started? Just my father taking me to the local gym.
To date what has been your biggest accomplishment in the sport of boxing? Winning the World Title
I saw the raw emotion when you captured your WBO Jr. Lightweight/Super Featherweight Championship over Vicente Rodriquez. Great fight and a even better reaction when you were announced as the new WBO Champion. You don’t see many people react the way you did. It was obvious how much winning that title meant to you!! What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success? Train as hard as I can every day.
How do you set your goals? Verbalize what I want!!
What would be your ultimate achievement? Retire undefeated.
That would be thee ultimate achievement. The way you are droping guys in the ring it is definitely a possibility!! Everyone knows in the sport of boxing staying healthy is very important. What is your diet and daily workout schedule like? I eat steak, potatoes, steam broccoli with a strawberry lemonade and no matter what I train everyday!!
Due to your showmanship, blend of defensive technique, and athleticism in the ring I could probably guess who you looked up to coming up in the sport of boxing. What boxers influenced you? Floyd Mayweather Jr. and and three time Olympian Rau’shee Warren.
What differentiates you from other boxers out there? When they are resting I’m training!!
From who and what was the best advice you have received from someone concerning the sport of boxing? My mother once told me “Can’t be the king of the streets and the ring, pick one”!!
Pretty obvious which one you chose champ!! Do you have a motto that you live your life by? I don’t get tired I get money!
Where do you draw your inspiration from? My kids.
I believe your first fight on the main stage came on the undercard of Hatton vs Malignaggi. Followed by the undercard of De La Hoya vs Pacquiao. How did it feel knowing you were going to be fighting in the MGM Grand for the world to see? My fight was better then the main event that night so I feel everyone came to see me!!
I was sold and truly became a fan after your victory over Daniel Ponce De Leon. It may not have been your best fight, but you were victorious against a good fighter. How bad did you need to win that fight to prove to people they will know your name in the sport of boxing? The Ponce De Leon fight was my worst performance. These guys can’t beat me and it was my first time on HBO. I got the victory and then I moved on.
Scary!! The fact that you had your worst fight against Ponce De Leon who is considered a top opponent in the weight class and still got the job done and came out victorious is very impressive. What would you say to people who say you are to arrogant and cocky? That’s where I come from and I’m gonna continue to do me!!
I recently read an interview with Floyd Mayweather Jr. In the interview he said, he has been impressed thus far by what he has seen from you. He went on to say someday he plans to pass the torch to another young fighter. Although now he considers you to be in the learning phase he admitted it could be Adrien Broner. Personally I believe you do not need anyone to pass you the torch. I think you have what it takes to eventually reach the level of Mayweather, but I am all for respect for those who paved the way for you. What are your thoughts on Floyd Mayweather and you possibly being the individual looked at as the one to carry the sport of boxing? Floyd Mayweather Jr. is my big brother from another mother, it runs in the family. Can’t deny anything that he has done. It’s Adrien “The Problem” Broners time!!
I recently stumbled across a youtube video of you visiting the soilders. First of all I want to say from a military veteran myself that I am grateful to see you reaching out to our military service members. I remember watching the Joe Louis story and watching him doing USO tour boxing exhibitions. You just do not know how much they look forward to events like that whether it is meeting a actor or athlete or watching a live performance. Tell me how did it make you feel and is it something you see yourself doing often in the future? I really connected to the soldiers. I had an emotional moment when it was time to leave them. If I am invited back I would be honored!!
As a military veteran myself I just have to tell you how much I appreciate you going to visit the soldiers. Military personel overseas and in the states look forward on a daily basis to athletes and others coming to spend time with them. That day I’m willing to bet you gained a ton of new fans just as you became a fan of them also!! Great job champ!! In closing how can people follow you? (Facebook, Twitter, Etc.)
Facebook – Adrien “The Problem” Broner Twitter - @AdrienBroner
Closing remarks to your fans and soon to be fans. Whatever you want them to know champ!! Support me and I’ll fight for you. I’m all that, a bag of chips, and a Lil Debbie from the kone’er store(Corner Store)!!
It has been a pleasure champ!! Goodluck July 21st Champ I will be tuned in!!!