Adrien 'The Problem' Broner suffered a huge setback on Saturday night, losing on points to Shawn Porter at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and now the 25-year-old needs to analyse his future in the sport.
Is the passion still there? does Broner love boxing any more? After his latest performance it's difficult to defend whether the Cincinnati fighter has the hunger and drive that he once had.
No Problem for Porter
The former three-weight world champion barely threw any power shots and kept at distance throughout the whole fight against Porter. When the two boxers came up close to one another the 'Can Man' frustratingly clinched time and time again until the referee Tony Weeks finally deducted of point off of him in the 11th round.
The Mayweather protege landed a flush left hand that dropped Porter in the 12th, but despite the momentum of putting his opponent on the canvas Broner didn't apply any pressure to try and score a knockout.
The performance was extremely disappointing from the trash-talking, party-throwing boxer, who had every advantage going into the contest having stipulated a catch-weight limit for the fight at 144Ibs - a move that favoured Broner a great deal, with Porter being a solid 147Ib fighter who has even campaigned at junior middleweight in his career.
There was also a rehydration clause set for the day after the weigh in of 154Ibs, but that was reportedly removed by Al Haymon, who manages both boxers. Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather also helped advise Broner for his 'Battle of Ohio' with Porter, but all the help in the world didn't get the 25-year-old anywhere close to victory.
A Talented Fighter Seduced by Fame
Now the former WBO Super Featherweight, WBC Lightweight and WBA Welterweight champion has to talk with his team about his next move. The fact remains that 'AB' is undoubtedly talented and looked like a future Hall of Famer with his ferocious displays at the lighter weight classes.
The step up from lightweight to welterweight was always going to be a gamble but with the temptation of big money fights in the talent-filled 147Ib league the Ohio man moved up.
A victory over Paulie Malignaggi gave Broner the WBA Welterweight championship, but his reign was short-lived after suffering his first professional defeat against Marcos Maidana in December 2013, where the American tasted the canvas twice on route to a points loss.
The loss in no ways humbled 'The Problem', who continued his trash talking and party going antics. The decision to move down in weight was made with three fights fought at 140Ibs winning on points against Carlos Molina, Emmanuelle Taylor and John Molina Jr.
There has been a number of controversial moments that have surrounded the talented fighter. The former three-weight world champion had his own YouTube series titled 'About Billions' where the youngster would reveal his lavish partying and high spending lifestyle in 10 minute episodes, with the occasional footage of him training in a boxing gym.
A lot of backlash was received when Broner flushed stacks of money down a toilet in an online video; the fighter has also disrespected many previous opponents, most recently putting his hands around the neck of Emmanuelle Taylor in the build up to their fight last year.
The 'Can Man' has also been overweight on the scales on two occasions in his career, most recently with John Molina Jr this year. Broner's welterweight reign brought massive fame, with the champion seemingly taking a hiatus from the sport to go on tour with hip hop artists T.I and Lil Wayne, but it doesn't looked to have helped his career.
Late last year the American declared himself a 'professional party animal', allowing people to hire his services for anything from $6,000 to $10,000 per event. In the build up to his fight with Porter, the Cincinatti fighter got into heated verbal's with Kenny Porter (Shawn's dad and trainer) and at the weigh-in refused to shake his opponent's hand.
Post-fight after his defeat this weekend there was still no clarifying moment of modesty as Broner got into an altercation with Porter Sr, where the trainer pushed 'AB', and in his in ring interview the 25-year-old refused to congratulate his opponent or criticise his own performance.
"I'm ok, my kids are ok, I'm financially fine, and it was a good fight, its ok, at the end of the day great champions can take a good loss and great champions can take a good win," he said.
When asked about his future Broner was vocal, though not exactly accurate in his own analysis.
"Listen I still will fight anybody it don't matter man, I am a real animal, I came to fight today, I didn't get the decision but I'm ok, at the end of the day ever body in here will take an autograph and take my picture."
What's the Next Move for AB?
All the fame and distractions have arguably been too much too young for the former world champion, who has always declared himself as one of the best and biggest names in boxing and vowed to take over the sport when his 'big brother' Mayweather retires.
The best decision now may be for the 25-year-old to move down in weight. The scintillating performances we all saw from Broner haven't been displayed at 140 or 147Ibs where in his six fights in-between those weights he has a record of 4-2, with the four wins all coming by points.
There has been no knockdown win for Broner since 2013 when 'The Problem' campaigned at lightweight. The power does not appear to be there at light welterweight or welterweight, but moving down to 130Ibs would be seemingly impossible.
Are the fights there for Broner at 140? It's possible there could be some eye catching fights with Chris Algieri, Terence Crawford and Lucas Matthysse. The boxing world have become frustrated with Broner though, who for years looked like the next star of the sport.
The American always looked to call out the big names, but though the 25-year-old is still young enough to turn his career around bouts with the likes of Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao and even his 'brother' Mayweather look further away than ever.
The real question is how much does Broner want it? Hitting the dizzy heights of fame, partying with musicians, becoming a three-weight world champion at just 23-years-of-age have all helped build his ego. It's whether the ego is strong enough to stay dedicated and hungry enough to go on and claim further world honours like Roy Jones Jr and Mayweather or if the love of boxing has gone from the 32 fight professional, that is the problem now.
Fight fans, where should Broner go next? Does he deserve a fight with Mayweather? Let us know in the comments box below.
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