clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Broner vs Theophane: Adrien Broner promising quick finish on April 1

Adrien Broner says he's "not playing" with Ashley Theophane on April 1, and promises a quick finish.

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Adrien Broner's matchup with Ashley Theophane on April 1 hasn't exactly been warmly received by fight fans, and Broner, who will defend the WBA junior welterweight title in the bout, says he's not planning to let it last too long. "The Problem" says he plans to finish off Floyd Mayweather's fighter within four rounds.

"This is going to be the best performance of my career. It's going to be a highlight-reel performance. I'm not coming to just get a win. This fight isn't going four rounds. That's too many. This is going to be quick. I'm not playing. There's nothing Floyd can teach him. At the end of the day, it all goes out the window. The trainers and entourage can't help. They can't help Ashley Theophane."

Broner (31-2, 23 KO) is a major favorite in the fight. Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KO) is a former British champion, but that was several years ago now, and he's seen as no more than a fringe contender at this point in his career.

But the 35-year-old Theophane points out that Broner, 26, is hardly unbeatable:

"Adrien Broner can be beat and he has been. We're working hard. At the end of the day this is my career-defining fight. We all turn pro to become a world champion. I've been in the gym for months, working on things and staying in shape. I've watched Adrien Broner in the past. I was at the John Molina and Shawn Porter fights and I know he's got talent. But he can be beat. He's vulnerable, very vulnerable."

Do you think Theophane has a shot at the upset? Is Broner's vulnerability even relevant here, given the level of opposition?

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bad Left Hook Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your global boxing news from Bad Left Hook