By Tim Nielson: Interim WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley says he had picked former three division world champion Adrien Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) to beat Shawn Porter (26-1, 16 KOs) in their recent fight this month. But Bradley came away disappointed when he saw Broner get outworked and beaten by a 12 round unanimous decision by Porter by the scores of 114-112, 115-111 and 118-108.
After Bradley watched the fight, he came away with the conclusion that Broner is a pretender rather than the real thing. Bradley feels that Broner lacks the discipline and initiative to become a very good fighter. He thinks he doesn’t have the necessary heart for the game to be a good fighter.
Bradley does think that Broner has a ton of talent, but he just doesn’t see him as being willing to work hard enough to be a better fighter.
“What didn’t he [Broner] do? He wants to be a contender but he’s a pretender,” Bradley said about Broner to esnewsreporting.com. “He pretends he wants to be good but he’s not. He’s so talented but he doesn’t want to work hard. I don’t get it; [Broner lacks the] Heart for the game. That dude [Porter] is a problem. Broner just needs to look at himself in the mirror and ask himself ‘who am I and who do I want to be’ because he’s so talented,” Bradley said.
If Broner wants to become the next superstar in boxing and become the replacement for Mayweather, then he’s going to need to do his homework and fix all of his problems areas because he’s not going o go far if he keeps getting beaten when he faces good opposition.
Bradley brings up a lot of good points that other people have about the 25-year-old Broner. He’s got immense talent, but he doesn’t seem willing to go over his weak spots in his game and improve upon those weak areas. One thing that Broner should have done a long time was increase his work rate by throwing more punches.
If Broner studied his fights against Paulie Malignaggi, Emmanuel Taylor, Carlos Molina and John Molina, he would have seen that he needed to increase his punch output. If Broner had simply thrown more punches in the Porter fight, he would have won.
There’s no question that if Broner had doubled his punch output, he would have come out on top in that fight. As it was, he came close to beating Porter on two of the scorecards. Broner does too much of his holding in his fights. He needs to stop trying to hold, and focus on throwing punches. The thing is I don’t know that he’s willing to change because it’ll be hard work for him to do that.