Adrien Broner is the latest loudmouth in boxing. He was in rare form Thursday at a news conference at the Alamodome in San Antonio formally announcing his Dec. 14 welterweight title defense there against Marcos Maidana of Argentina (on Showtime).
Broner, of Cincinnati, was directing a comment at Maidana regarding Maidana these days being trained by world-class Robert Garcia out of Oxnard; they hooked up in April 2012.
“You can train different,” Broner said. “You can lift weights with your teeth. You can push cars for two months straight. That doesn’t matter. I got the skills to pay the bills and I got enough will, my last name could be Smith.”
Broner talked about how lovable he is – not.
“There are a lot of people who hate me, but the haters are going to love me at the end of the day,” he said. “They just don’t know it yet. On Dec 14 I hope my haters become fans. You’ll love me eventually because I love all y’all.”
Then he decided to bring two former NBA players into it when he was talking about how this fight is going to go down.
“It’s going to be a hell of a fight,” Broner said. “I can promise you this – it’s going to get ugly. I am talking Sam Cassell, Tyrone Hill ugly. I don’t know if he’s faking that he doesn’t speak English. But after Dec 14, he’ll speak English. I am going for the knockout. Strap up.”
(Maidana, of Argentina, has always needed a translator when doing interviews with English-language reporters.)
Broner, of course, can back up his mouth. He is 27-0 with 22 knockouts and at just 24 years old, he has won titles in three weight classes.
Maidana, 30, is 34-3 with 31 knockouts.