Could we see Khan Vs Broner?
By AUTHOUR on Aug 26 2014
Last weekend saw Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner make his PBC on NBC debut, putting on a clinic and dominating John Molina Jr to take home an easy UD victory. There were boos ringing out around the arena in the last round as Broner circled Molina to wind down the clock and really they were a reflection of how easy this bout was for the former three time World Champion and the lack of excitement the fight brought in any round past the 5th. That is none of Broner’s concern though, he did his job and took home his 3rd straight victory since that now famous loss to Marcos ‘El Chino’ Maidana.
Fast-forward 24 hours and Broner found himself in hot water once again. Firstly, repeating ‘Anybody can get it’ slogan in his press conference (an almost carbon copy of statements made in the ring last year that saw the WBC suspend him) and then secondly, being arrested under drink-driving charges after refusing to take a breath-test. All this came after many thought Broner had changed his attitude, the theatrics inside the ring had died down and the bravado outside the ring had at least faded – It seems unlikely we will ever see the end of the trash-talking from the Cincinnati fighter but it had been dialed down in recent interviews.
Now it seems, ‘The Problem’ is back on the offensive and once again he has taken aim at Britain’s Amir Khan. The two had a public feud last year after Khan was overlooked for the Mayweather fight, with ‘Money’ claiming he would happily fight Khan if he was able to mimic his former opponent by defeating Broner. Khan was happy to accept the challenge but nothing materialised at the time with both fighters taking different routes. Now it seems the 2 have re-ignited their war of words on Social Media with Broner posting a number of pictures on Instagram and Twitter, calling out the former Olympic Silver-Medalist.
Khan, fresh off of a very impressive win over Devon Alexander in December is still trying to stake his claim as a ‘genuine welterweight’ as he looks to secure the big-money fights in the division with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Tim Bradley and Keith Thurman. A big domestic showdown with the only World Champion outside of Mayweather and Pacquiao, Kell Brook, seems to be far from desirable for Khan at the moment despite the huge interest for the fight in the UK and the possibility of fighting at Wembley Stadium so perhaps fighting Adrien Broner is a real possibility now even if it does mean fighting at a lower catch-weight.
Stylistically it would be an intriguing bout. I have been saying for a while now that Khan’s speed is unmatched at Welterweight and that is why he would have been an exciting opponent for Floyd Mayweather and his shoulder-roll defense. Broner has modeled himself on his ‘big bro’ and mimics the famous ‘Mayweather shoulder roll’ to some extent (although not as much against Guerrero last week as we have been used to) so this fight would give us a sneak-peak of how the Brit would go about a fight with the P4P king should the fight ever happen. Broner for his own part is extremely gifted technically and would offer an excellent counter-punching style against the aggressive Kahn. The fight would be very interesting to watch from a purely technical point of view and with Broner being involved in a couple of bouts recently that have done nothing to win over the casual fan, he is in need of a block-buster to re-ignite the interest in him and watching him fight – Khan offers this in spades and has never been accused of being in a boring fight so from that side of things, this fight could be easily sold.
Then you have to look at the promotions, would the fans want to see this fight? Absolutely. Khan has a tremendous following around the World, the UK fans are known for their travelling and unwavering support and add to that the vast Asian market that Khan holds the keys to then you have a very big built in fan-base to sell to. Add to that Broner’s reputation and his ability to promote a fight (whether fans tune in to see him win or lose) and you have a huge PPV fight in the making. The build-up would be every bit as interesting as any we have seen in recent times.
So financially and stylistically it makes sense but in Boxing there are always other forces at work behind the scenes. Following his loss to Maidana, Broner is one loss away from becoming another ‘also-ran’ in the sport, having claimed to be the heir-apparent to the unbeaten Mayweather, Broner was shown to be far from the finished article by the tough Argentine – a man that Khan himself defeated convincingly in 2010. Therefore the powers behind ‘The Problem’ may not want to put him into a fight where there is a good chance that they may lose their cash-cow. Then there is always the problem of ego, both men without doubt see themselves as the A-side to this fight and whilst that disagreement seems to be petty and non-important, these disagreements have stopped many big fights in the past, just ask Miguel Cotto.
It’s early days yet but both fighters seem keen on the bout through their respective Social Media accounts so the fans will continue to clamour for it. It’s a fight that would sell well around the globe and, other than Mayweather Vs Pacquiao on May 2nd, would be a contender for the biggest fight of the year in terms of PPV buys. It would also give the winner the credibility they feel they deserve, a win for Khan would justify his claims that he could beat Mayweather and on the flip-side, a win for Broner would send a statement that he is back in form and ready to take on the World.
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(Above) An image from Adrien Broner's Instagram