"I’m going to be me. Not Mayweather. He has his own legacy and I’m not trying to be him."—Adrian Broner
Twenty-two-year-old Adrien "The Problem" Broner ((23-0) KOd undefeated Eloy "The Prince" Perez in spectacular fashion in the fourth round of their fight at the in Scottrade Center in St. Louis tonight. At stake was the WBO super featherweight title.
"The Problem," who always shows up in tip-top shape, was expected to win, but not in such impressive fashion. He used his upper body as a great defensive weapon, showed dazzling foot movement, used sharp left hooks, and threw powerful rights following stiff jabs. He also showed focus, discipline, and a high ring IQ. Two punishing rights ended matters as Perez went down and then did a "Trevor Berbick" before referee Genaro Rodriguez halted the action.
This was Broner’s third straight KO win since his less-than-compelling showing against Daniel Ponce de Leon a year ago. But that was then and this is now and Broner is now a vastly improved and far more confident fighter who showed moves that just could catapult him into discussion about whether he might be the next Floyd Mayweather.
In June 2011, he crushed Jason Litzau with a deadly combination highlighted by a right uppercut in the first round. Five months later he KO’d Argentinian Vincente Martin "El Mono" Rodriguez in three rounds. This time he did it with a left hook from hell that put the Argentinean on another planet. Then, he used his right to end matters tonight.
Broner has a knack for clowning before and after fights, but once the bell rings, he is all business.