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Adrien Broner is on a quest to become a five-time world champion. Next month, he’ll continue that mission—and he’ll do so in his own backyard.
Devoted boxing fans have long been clamoring for marquee matchups featuring some of the sport’s most gifted fighters. Those fans are about to get their wish.
Adrien Broner lost his 140-pound world title at the scale one day earlier, but he was in complete command in the ring Friday night as he dismantled Ashley Theophane over nine rounds in Washington, D.C.
Win vs Ashley Theophane
Apr 01, 2016 • DC Armory, Washington, D.C.
Adrien Broner WINS against Ashley Theophane by TKO in Round 9 of 12
Win vs Khabib Allakhverdiev 19-1-0
Oct 03, 2015 • U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Khabib Allakhverdiev by TKO in Round 12 of 12
Loss vs Shawn Porter 25-1-1
Jun 20, 2015 • MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Adrien Broner LOSES to Shawn Porter by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Molina Jr
Mar 07, 2015 • MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Broner WINS against Molina Jr by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Emmanuel Taylor 18-2-0
Sep 06, 2014 • U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Emmanuel Taylor by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Carlos Molina 17-1-1
May 03, 2014 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Carlos Molina by UD in Round 10 of 10
Loss vs Marcos Rene Maidana 34-3-0
Dec 14, 2013 • Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Adrien Broner LOSES to Marcos Rene Maidana by UD in Round 12 of 12
WIN vs Paul Malignaggi 32-4-0
Jun 22, 2013 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Paul Malignaggi LOSES to Adrien Broner by SD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Gavin Rees 37-1-1
Feb 16, 2013 • Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Gavin Rees by TKO in Round 5 of 12
Win vs Antonio DeMarco 28-2-1
Nov 17, 2012 • Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Antonio DeMarco by TKO in Round 8 of 12
Win vs Vicente Escobedo 26-3-0
Jul 21, 2012 • U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Vicente Escobedo by TKO in Round 5 of 12
Win vs Eloy Perez 23-0-2
Feb 25, 2012 • Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Eloy Perez by TKO in Round 4 of 12
Win vs Vicente Martin Rodriguez 34-2-1
Nov 26, 2011 • U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Vicente Martin Rodriguez by KO in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Jason Litzau 28-2-0
Jun 18, 2011 • Arena VFG, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco, Mexico
Adrien Broner WINS against Jason Litzau by TKO in Round 1 of 10
WIN vs Daniel Ponce De Leon 41-2-0
Mar 05, 2011 • Honda Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Daniel Ponce De Leon LOSES to Adrien Broner by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs John Revish 10-1-2
Jan 15, 2011 • Taft Masonic Temple, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against John Revish by RTD in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Ilido Julio 40-19-1
Nov 06, 2010 • Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Ilido Julio by TKO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Guillermo Sanchez 11-1-1
Sep 04, 2010 • Hamilton Fairgrounds , Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Guillermo Sanchez by TKO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Carlos Claudio 10-4-3
Jun 19, 2010 • Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Carlos Claudio by RTD in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Rafael Lora 11-2-0
May 14, 2010 • Paradise Theater, Bronx, New York, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Rafael Lora by TKO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Roberto Acevedo 9-7-3
Jan 23, 2010 • Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Roberto Acevedo by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Tommy Atencio 4-2-0
Nov 28, 2009 • Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Tommy Atencio by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Henry White Jr 4-3-1
Sep 05, 2009 • The Hamiltion County Fair Grounds, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Henry White Jr by KO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Edgar Portillo 5-2-0
Aug 22, 2009 • Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Edgar Portillo by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs William Kickett 15-1-0
Jun 27, 2009 • Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against William Kickett by KO in Round 6 of 8
Win vs Fernando Quintero 7-0-1
May 08, 2009 • Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Fernando Quintero by MD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Angel Rodriguez 2-2-1
Apr 04, 2009 • Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Angel Rodriguez by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Eric Ricker 1-1-0
Mar 14, 2009 • Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Eric Ricker by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Luis Alfredo Lugo 10-6-1
Jan 24, 2009 • Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Luis Alfredo Lugo by UD in Round 6 of 6
No Contest vs Eric Ricker 1-1-0
Dec 27, 2008 • Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner Eric Ricker by NC in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Scott Furney 3-6-1
Dec 06, 2008 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Scott Furney by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Terrance Jett 4-11-2
Nov 22, 2008 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Terrance Jett by TKO in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Ramon Flores 2-2-1
Sep 27, 2008 • Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Ramon Flores by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs David Warren Huffman 0-1-0
Aug 30, 2008 • Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against David Warren Huffman by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Allante Davis 0-0-0
May 31, 2008 • Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Adrien Broner WINS against Allante Davis by KO in Round 1 of 4
Adrien “The Problem” Broner became a three-division world champion by the age of 23. The flamboyant Cincinnati native, who started boxing when he was 6 years old, says the sport saved him from a life on the streets. Blessed with both power and speed, Broner has now conquered a fourth weight class as he reigns supreme at 140 pounds.
Broner is confident and flashy inside and outside of the ring.
The Cincinnati native has backed up that bravado, too, winning world titles in three weight classes (130 pounds, 135 pounds, 147 pounds) by the age of 23.
Broner’s father introduced Adrien and his twin brother, Andre, to boxing when they were 6 years old.
Adrien received the nickname “The Problem” from his parents, who struggled to keep their son’s behavior in check.
Broner became involved with gangs at a young age, and credits boxing from pulling him away from that lifestyle.
Experienced at an early age
As an amateur, Broner compiled a record of 300-19, winning the National Silver Gloves championship in 2002 and ’03, and earning the bronze medal at the 2005 National Junior Olympics.
Broner made his pro debut in his hometown in May 2008 at the age of 19, knocking out Allante Davis in 32 seconds.
The hard-hitting Broner won his first 21 fights, 17 by KO, to earn his first title shot.
He knocked out Vicente Martin Rodriguez in the third round in Cincinnati on November 26, 2011, to claim the vacant title at 130 pounds.
Broner defended his belt with a fourth-round TKO of Eloy Perez in St. Louis in February 2012, but relinquished his title for failing to make the 130-pound weight limit for his July 2012 fight against Vicente Escobedo, whom Broner defeated by fifth-round TKO.
A champion at any weight
In November 2012, Broner made his 135-pound debut in a title fight against Antonio DeMarco in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Using his power, speed and defense to frustrate DeMarco, Broner hurt the champ with a quick combination in the eighth before flooring him with a left uppercut.
DeMarco’s corner stopped the fight after the knockdown, giving Broner his second world title in as many weight classes.
After winning his February 2013 title defense against Gavin Rees by fifth-round TKO, Broner moved up two weight classes to challenge 147-pound champion Paulie Malignaggi for his title in Brooklyn, New York, in June.
Broner outboxed Malignaggi to win a 12-round split decision, giving him three world titles in three weight classes in less than two years.
Tasting defeat for the first time
Broner suffered his first professional loss in his first 147-pound title defense, dropping a 12-round unanimous decision to Marcos Maidana in San Antonio, Texas, in December 2013.
Broner, who entered the bout as a 5-to-1 betting favorite, was knocked down for the first time in his career in the second and eighth rounds, and the fight was named The Ring’s Upset of the Year.
Despite the loss, Broner remained confident afterward.
“I believe I showed a lot more in that fight, taking that loss, than I did in my biggest wins,” he told Yahoo! Sports. “I got off the canvas and turned the fight around. I fought my ass off when it would have been easy for me to go, ‘Oh, this isn’t my night. Maybe next time.’ I didn’t do that. I fought.
“I would beat Maidana nine times if we fought 10, or 99 times if we fought 100. But he got me on that one night, but I took my beating and I didn’t give in.”
Fighting at 140 pounds again
Broner dropped to 140 pounds for his next fight, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Carlos Molina in Las Vegas in May 2014.
He won a 12-round unanimous decision in September 2014, knocking down Emanuel Taylor in the final seconds of the final round to clinch the victory in Cincinnati.
Part-time rap star
Outside of the ring, Broner is a part-time rapper, having cut tracks with Soulja Boy and Rick Ross.
But the father of six doesn’t plan on hanging up his gloves anytime soon.
“I’ve already done some great things,” Broner told DoghouseBoxing.com. “They say guys like me don’t come along again for 50 or 60 years.”
Winning impressively in his PBC debut
Broner won the first bout in Premier Boxing Champions history, earning a 12-round unanimous decision over John Molina Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on March 7, 2015.
Fighting before a national television audience in prime time on NBC, Broner was dominant as he won nearly every round on all three judges' cards.
According to CompuBox statistics, Broner landed 219 of 502 punches (44 percent) in the 140-pound bout.
With the win, Broner took another step toward winning a world title in his fourth different weight division.
Coming up short against Porter
Broner returned to the ring in a 144-pound catchweight fight against Shawn Porter at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on June 20, 2015, in a prime-time headlining bout on NBC.
Broner started slowly in the Battle for Ohio as Porter pressed the action and backed Broner against the ropes in the early rounds.
Broner battled back in the middle rounds and caught Porter with some clean shots. After being warned repeatedly by referee Tony Weeks for holding, Broner was finally docked a point in Round 11.
Broner rallied in the 12th round and knocked Porter to the canvas with a clean left hook.
The knockdown was not enough to pull out the victory, though, as Porter won a unanimous decision.