Adrien Broner Next Fight: Overweight 'Problem' Tweets Ripped Physique [PHOTO], Taking Marcos Maidana Seriously? [VIDEO]
In the not-so-distant past fight fans caught a glimpse of an apparently bloated Adrien Broner as he promoted his December 14th fight with Marcos Maidana, and wondered whether the brash young welterweight champion was underestimating his opponent.
While no one can be inside Broner's head and know his respect level for "El Chino" his Instagram account shed some light on his renewed effort in the gym. "The Problem" has dismissed concerns of a weight problem, tweeting out an Instagram photo captioned "Look it's the guy whose out of shape lol."
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Indeed Broner looked as trim as ever, and will be looking to make a statement against the hard-punching Maidana, to prove that he is a pay-per-view headlining fighter. This bout was originally scheduled to air on pay-per-view, but Showtime decided to shift it to the basic cable channel.
Boxing analyst Roy Jones Jr. had high praise for Broner's skill level recently, saying "His skills are good, has the shoulder roll. I guess he is a Mayweather double if you want to say that in a sense, but he's more aggressive." While Jones may have overstepped in calling him a "Mayweather double," Broner's defense is difficult to penetrate if used correctly. That could spell trouble for Maidana, who enters most fights with designs on a knockout.
Broner's laughed off the threat of Maidana's thunder, likening himself to a "Ferrari" while calling Maidana a "go-kart." Maidana's trainer Robert Garcia, though, thinks "The Problem" is too cocky.
"Oh definitely I see holes in his defense," Garcia said. "Maidana is going to land some punches. He is definitely going to land some punches and they are going to hit a lot harder than Gavin Rees, a lot harder than Paulie [Malignaggi]."
Maidana has talked a fair amount of smack as well, telling media members "Everyone knows that Broner has a big mouth, but that doesn't bother me, because his mouth can't fight for him. Whether he has the guts to stand in front of me or if he runs I'll definitely go for the KO and either way, I'm leaving the ring with the belt."