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Adrien Broner talks ring return, depression, hopes for 2021 in boxing

Broner says he hopes to fight three times this year and regain world title status.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

During this latest episode of Brian Custer’s Last Stand Podcast, Adrien Broner makes an appearance ahead of his scheduled return to the ring on February 13. Broner discusses his immediate future, fighting depression and weight gain, and his aspirations to win another major world title. Check out some excerpts from the interview below...

Broner on his original opponent being pulled from the Feb. 13 card:

“I don’t think it’s about the opponent for Adrien Broner. The fans, even the ones who dislike me, they just want Adrien Broner to go in there and be Adrien Broner. You know be in shape and get back to being the old AB, I think that’s what I’m coming back around to and February 13th everybody will see.”

Broner on his depression:

“It was bad, when you wake up, you don’t eat, first of all you barely sleep and then you wake up and the first thing you do is take a drink, and from that drink it just leads to another one, and then another one, you look up and it’s 10:30 at night again, and it’s time to go to the club and then you spend 10, 15, 20 thousand. And then you wake back up and it’s the same thing. It’s just depressing and a hard cycle to stop but I did it.”

On the lightweight division’s new stars in Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, and Teofimo Lopez:

“Tank is the best fighter in that division, the strongest fighter in that division and one of the smartest fighters too. When people see Tank fight they don’t see all the skills he possesses and everything he’s got, and I’m really on the side of him in the gym and I see it.”

On his plans for the future:

“I’m going to try and fight three times this year at 140. I think you’ll definitely see me in a PPV fight this year and after this fight people are going to know that ‘Twin’ is back! The way I’m feeling and the way I’m looking right now, sparring probably my next fight I’ll be world champion again.”

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