WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Once-WBA Welterweight champion Adrien Broner held an open workout form the Bald Eagle Rec Center in Southwest Washington on Friday, in preparation for his May 3 fight against Carlos Molina.
The two fighters share a common theme entering the bout: both lost their most recent fights. But that’s about where the line is drawn, and their stories part ways.
Prior to his last fight, resulting in his first professional loss against Marcos Maidana on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, Broner, a three-time champion in three separate weight divisions, had put together a string of impressive victories to advance to 27-0 and claim the WBA Welterweight title from Paulie Malignaggi, to go along with his already-won WBC Lightweight title and stripped (for failing to make weight) WBO Super Featherweight belt.
“He was the better man,” Broner told Showtime’s Barry Tompkins following the unanimous decision defeat, in which he was knocked down in the second and eighth rounds. “But guess what? We can rematch any time. I will fight my next fight. I don’t need a warmup fight. I will fight him in my next fight.”
Well, not exactly.
Despite Broner exercising his contractual right to a rematch, Maidana will instead fight Floyd Mayweather next.
Broner will be fighting Molina on the same card — to be televised via Showtime Pay Per View in Las Vegas, Nevada — on Saturday, May 3. Rounding out the undercard is Amir Khan, also recently rumored to be fighting Broner, who will instead touch gloves with Luis Collazo.
Should Maidana lose and Broner win, their rematch may finally be attainable, and at that point, a higher profile fight.
“I don’t give a f*** what he do with his career; he can have a million babies, but he’s still got to fight Adrien Broner again,” Broner told 106.7 The Fan’s Chris Lingebach on Friday.
While he still has plenty of contempt for Maidana, Broner clearly hasn’t lost any of his luster from all the blows delivered by him, and has obviously regained his confidence since the defeat.
“If I could have fought Maidana on Sunday [one day after their fight], I would have fought him on Sunday,” he said. “I’m a warrior, and I can’t wait til I get my rematch.”
In the meantime, Broner has cooled down on the social media front considerably, and directed his full attention on his upcoming bout, by the advisement of his close confidant Floyd Mayweather
“I actually took a lot of his advice. I’m off all social media,” he said. “And I’m focused on boxing. You’ll see a different Adrien Broner on May 3.”
And to any of Broner’s future opponents, Molina and Maidana included: “Everybody’s a victim. If you’re not family, you’re a victim.”
Full unedited audio from Adrien Broner in the clip below