After overcoming previous difficulties in prolonging his career, in his 2023 comeback fight, Adrien “The Problem” Broner dominated Bill Hutchinson in a strong comeback at welterweight in Miami. Broner needed a definitive win to prove he’s still got what it takes to fight at the highest level and won a near-shutout decision with official scores of 100-90, 99-91, and 99-91.
Encouraged by his success, Broner expressed his desire to challenge any titleholder, specifically mentioning Rolly Romero and the winner of the Teofimo Lopez versus Josh Taylor bout. Broner’s new promoter, Don King, shared ambitious plans for his fighter, aiming to secure a title fight, win and defend the title, and ultimately unify the world of boxing.
Adrien Broner vs. Rolando Romero next fight
Probably the most entertaining prospective on the horizon for Broner is the recently dethroned Rolando Romero. Rolly has had ample time to recover from his brutal knockout loss to fellow lightweight Gervonta “Tank” Davis last year at the Barclays. It remains to be seen whether he’s tightened up his defense against the southpaw counter inside hook; there’s footage of him getting rocked in sparring that looked almost identical to how Tank rang his bell in the ring.
But Broner isn’t a southpaw; he’s a hard-hitting orthodox fighter with good defensive and counterpunching skills. He’s not known as the most active fighter, but he seems intent on reversing that image in his comeback. Some think a more active Broner might have caused a few more problems for Pacquiao. Whether his recent inactivity might effect that is still up in the air. Against Hutchinson, he was much busier than his previous self, but there were definitely other differences, too.
Adrien Broner next fight vs. Teofimo Lopez
This is a baffling callout; Broner looks fairly comfortable at welterweight, but no one wants to see him squeeze down to lightweight. If Teofimo really does escape the clutches of Devin Haney and tries to compete at super lightweight, there’s some real danger up there for him. Regis “Rougarou” Prograis is a dangerous, hard-hitting southpaw with subtle, overlooked skill. His power usually captures the attention, and few notice the sneakiness with which he sets up those monstrous powershots.
But a move down to 140 lbs., for Adrien Broner, would likely be just as dangerous. Before a huge step up against the Rougarou at a lower weight class, a match against Lopez might be a good thing. But what would be next at 140 for Adrien Broner?
Adrien Broner next fight at Welterweight
There’s no doubt that at one point, Adrien “The Problem” Broner was an elite welterweight boxer. In his storied career so far, he once famously dominated Paulie Malignaggi in the ring before publicly taking his girl. He dropped _ opponents with blinding speed and awesome punching power. He even drew comparisons to “big bro;” Floyd “Money” Mayweather, himself.
But a new generation of fighters has come up in Broner’s absence from the sport. Keith “One Time” Thurman rose to the throne, disrespected the wrong future champion in Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr., and was seemingly banished to the shadow realm for some years. Spence, despite being from the US and repeatedly challenging the American champion, was rebuffed and overlooked by Thurman in a shameful display of risk-aversion. Spence had to travel to the UK to challenge their champion, Kell “Special K” Brook, on foreign soil. Spence defeated Brook by knockout, literally breaking the guys face in the ring with sharp, technical punches.
Terence Crawford climbed through the rankings, dominating everyone he fought along the way. Now, he’s at welterweight too. “Showtime” Shawn Porter fought everybody in between at welterweight, and he’s still in shape and capable of performing at the highest level, seemingly at a moments notice. Despite retirement, Porter appears to have stayed in fighting shape for years somehow. Although it’d certainly be exciting to see Adrien Broner become world champion at 147 lbs. again before he retires, maybe 140 lbs., with it’s stacked roster of killers, is a little less dangerous than 147 lbs.
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