By Allan Fox: Former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner was reportedly discovered driving an SUV filled with bullet holes early Thursday morning in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he was subsequently arrested for an outstanding warrant, according to Fox19. The 27-year-old Broner was booked at 1:18 a.m. He was later released approximately 4 hours later at 5:10 a.m.
The warrant for Broner was reportedly on a 2014 case. Broner was not hit by the gunfire. However, the vehicle that Broner, a rented Chevrolet Suburban, was driving had been shot 8 times.
Broner was reportedly followed as he let the G’Moni’s sports bar by a suspect. Ten 9mm gun casings were found at the crime scene. Last year, Broner was arrested outside of a bowling alley in January 2016 after alleged incident.
Broner, 27, is coming off of a 10 round split decision victory over Adrian Granados last February in Cincinnati. Broner says he suffered a hand injury early in the fight. He did not fight well, and he was lucky to get the victory because there are some boxing fans that belt that Granados did the better work with his pressure. However, the fight took place in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati. The win for Broner was his third straight since losing to Shawn Porter by a 12 round unanimous decision in June 2015.
Four years ago, Broner was considered by some boxing fans to be a potential replacement for Floyd Mayweather Jr. to carry the sport for the next 10 years. Unfortunately, Broner’s career momentum was derailed by Marcos Maidana, who beat him by a 12 round unanimous decision in December 2012. Maidana knocked Broner down twice in the fight and dominated him. Following that setback, Broner won three straight fights until losing to Shawn Porter in 2015. At this point, it’s unclear if Broner will ever be seen as the top guy at 140 or 147. It doesn’t look like it. There are arguably better fighters in both divisions than Broner, and he doesn’t appear to be improving as a fighter. If anything, Broner is likely to go downhill in the future as younger fighters start moving up the ranks.
Hughie Fury: Anthony Joshua lacks the experience to beat Wladimir Klitschko
Heavyweight contender Hughie Fury says IBF champion Anthony Joshua needs more seasoning to be fighting the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, and believes it could end badly for him. Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) isn’t bothering to get that seasoning, as he faces former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) in 9 days from now on April 29 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. It figures to be a tough fight for both of them.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn believes him to be invincible at this point, and he thinks he can beat every fighter in the division and carry the division for the next 10 years. Joshua, 27, believes in his boxing skills, and he said recently that he could become the sport’s first billionaire.
“I do think it’s a tiny bit soon for Joshua, but I do wish him all the best and I hope he wins,” said Hughie to skysports.com.” I would go with Klitschko with the experience. I just think it’s a tiny bit too soon for Joshua.
Wladimir, 41, is old and Joshua cannot wait 3-5 years to pick up more experience before he faces him. If Joshua waits even a year, he might miss Wladimir entirely, even though his manager Bernd Boente said this week that he could fight for another 10 years until he’s 50. It’s not likely that Wladimir will last much longer.
Joshua has faced a couple of good heavyweights in Dillian Whyte and Dominic Breazeale. The rest of the fighters that Joshua has faced have not been good, and he had an easy time beating them. Where Joshua could get in trouble against Wladimir is taking his big power shots. Wladimir is a big puncher with size, speed and power. Joshua isn’t used to getting hit by his opponents, and there are a lot of unknowns involved about his punch resistance.
The boxing fans don’t know whether Joshua can take a hard shot or two without getting stopped. We know that Joshua is powerful and can lift weights, but we don’t know if he can take a big shot from a powerful heavyweight like Wladimir. The guys that Joshua has been fighting during his short 4-year pro career haven’t thrown punches at him. They’ve stood and waited for Joshua to knock him out. Klitschko is not going to do that, because he has skills, and he generally comes into his fights with a basic plan that he tries to carry out. Sometimes he doesn’t follow his own plans, as we saw in his loss to Tyson Fury in his last fight in 2015.
“He wasn’t an 11 year champion for nothing,” said Hughie said about Klitschko. “Like I say, you cannot rush into big fights like him, thinking ‘yeah I’m just going to knock him over like every other man.’ He’s not going to stand there to be hit. He’s not had the experience to go with someone like him.”
We’re going to find out on April 29 if Joshua made the right decision in choosing to fight Wladimir. It’s a big gamble on Joshua’s part, but it could pay off if he wins the fight. If Joshua wins, his promoter Eddie Hearn will likely continue to move him carefully like a chess piece. That means no fight against Luis Ortiz yet. Ortiz is 38 now, and getting old. We might not see Hearn make the move to put Joshua in with Ortiz until he gets older and isn’t looking as good as he is right now.
Hughie will be fighting on May 6 against WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker in Auckland, New Zealand. Hughie, 22, is not expected to win that fight. He says wants to fight Klitschko, but the odds of that happening are extremely remote. He and Wladimir would need to pull off big upsets for them to move forward to face each other later this year.
Wladimir would likely choose to fight Joshua a second time if he defeats him. The money is better for Wladimir in a rematch with Joshua than it would be facing Hughie. Tyson Fury would likely be chomping at the bit to face Wladimir if he defeats Joshua. Tyson Fury already beat Wladimir by a 12 round unanimous decision 2 years ago in 2015. He might think he can do it again. It would be a good fight between Hughie and Wladimir if it comes to that in the future. However, it wouldn’t sell in the same way that a fight between Tyson Fury and Joshua. There are a lot of boxing fans that would like to see Fury face Joshua when he returns to the ring.